Variously claiming both San Francisco, CA and Aberdeen, Scotland as points of origin, Bill Ely & the Catnips protect their identities for reasons known only to themselves, while peddling a fast & infectious type of bold sounding melodic 'Cajun' Punk.
"Duke" Gene Arnold plays thick fuzz guitar and screams while Mike Leonard pounds caveman drums and bellows. From the depths of this bile sweet harmonies occasionaly emerge, swiftly followed by invocations and foul promises.
Songs about animals, esoterica, fresh concepts, complex lies and staggering truths. This is what Bill Ely & the Catnips deliver, dressed up in balaclavas and suits. Believe it.
'Three Coils Around the Rat' is the Catnips' second studio album, and continues the tradition of 100% live performance and claustrophobic production style. Sheen is eschewed in favour of force, and the dirt is inescapable.
Driving repetitive rhythms are punctuated with melodic flourishes (Bladder Crew) or not (Breaking Cheryl Tweedy's Leg), or maybe just continue to build (Sheep Dip) until everyone has to go home (Turkey Shoot). There are a lot of words on offer (The Year They Shot the Cow) and plenty to sing along with (Lesser of Two Eagles, Incident at Club Reagan). In short, this is the album for you.
Bill Ely & the Catnips keep on giving.