Song of the Day: Cat-A-Tac – We’re All Gone

photo by by Laurie Scavo

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “We’re All Gone” by Cat-A-Tac from the 2007 album Past Lies And Former Lives on Needlepoint Records.

Cat-A-Tac – We’re All Gone (MP3)

Formed in 2003 intent on creating blissful pop songs that wear a snarl instead of a grin, this Denver foursome has succeeded with Past Lies…, their first full-length album. The first track is featured on Magnet Magazine’s latest CD sampler, and the band will appear at the inaugural Monolith Festival later this summer. However, the album didn’t come without its glitches. Unproductive time in the studio necessitated a short separation between band members. Gladly, upon coming back together, studio and live recordings took on new life and precision. Guitarists Jim McTurnan and Andy Tennant handle all songwriting duties, writing each song individually for acoustic guitar before fleshing it out with the band. Alternating songwriting duties diversifies the sound and discredits comparisons to other distortion-happy, fuzz-rock bands like My Bloody Valentine or Dandy Warhols.

For further news and information, check out their MySpace page or website; did I mention they started and run Needlepoint Records. Here’s a video posted on the band’s MySpace page, put together by Denver-based video editor dBom, of an early version of “Burned”:

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