What started as a project between two prolific individuals now threatens to turn into a full-time group. When I say group, I mean supergroup because this project already involved two experienced musicians, and with a brand new material coming in a couple of days, it now involves some other prominent names that roam the underground scene for decades. At least, that’s my assumption about The 69 Cats, which unquestionably comprises some legends of both rockabilly and punk rock music. Besides Jyrki69 on vocals and legendary guitarist Danny B. Harvey (13 Cats, Rockats, The Head Cat, Honeydippers, Mad Violet, The Devil Daughters, The Wild Hyenas, The Fleshtones, plus many more), this time The 69 Cats line up includes Kim Nekroman (Nekromantix, HorrorPops), and Rat Scabies (The Damned, Electric Dog House, Motördamn, Naz Nomad And The Nightmares, Professor And The Madman, The Mutants, plus many more). With a lineup like this, a brand new album promises loads of listening pleasures, and every listener who stumbled upon some of their previous works knows The 69 Cats are the real deal.
Seven Year Itch represents their second full-length recording that carries twelve marvelous compositions. Previously, the group released a debut album named Transylvanian Tapes, which gathered loads of positive critics and became an instant classic among the rockabilly/psychobilly fans. The band heavily promoted Seven Year Itch with two singles, such as Hollywood’s Bleeding (originally by Post Malone) and (Let’s Go) Psycho. The lineup changed a little bit with the latest additions of Kim Nekroman and Rat Scabies. They replaced Chopper Franklin (The Cramps) and Clem Burke (Blondie), but it seems that The 69 Cats sounds even better than before. These two singles are serving as perfect overtures for the entire material, which resonates with such a specific atmosphere. If you’re encountering The 69 Cats for the first time, you can expect nothing but an outstanding performance by the entire band. The group solely relies upon traditional rockabilly sound, decorated by a decent amount of other elements. You may stumble upon ingredients such as psychobilly, punk rock, goth rock, blues rock, rock’n’roll, and similar genres.
The group embraces the term gothabilly to precisely describe their music, and perhaps that classification is the most accurate for this type of sound. Their gothic-themed rockabilly sound is something you wouldn’t encounter regularly, so Seven Year Itch unquestionably deserves your uttermost attention. The group explores the aesthetics of southern rock’n’roll, blues rock, classic rock’n’roll, seventies punk rock but gradually leans towards more goth rock and post-punk sound. You may also eventually notice some accentuations that are resembling something that would alternative rock bands eventually record during their careers. The various guitar virtuosities are mainly responsible for the dominant presence of rock’n’roll sound, while the goth rock is vividly hearable in lead vocals and overall atmosphere. The guitar bursts with robust rock’n’roll themes, leads, riffages, and chord progressions, while the rhythm section provides more than necessary support and stability by emmiting appropriate basslines and a comprehensive collection of dynamic beats. Besides tremendous guitar virtuosities, the low-end tones performed on double bass and energetic drumming performance are mainly responsible for the rockabilly aesthetics of the group.
The entire group works like a charm during the entire material. Seven Year Itch will be right up your alley if you’re looking out for a gothy rockabilly record with loads of energetic rock’n’roll, blues, pub rock twists and turns. Seven Year Itch comes on a
compact disc housed in a beautiful digipack, decorated by a zombified image of Marylin Monroe. This album is also available on limited pink vinyl that comes in a deluxe gatefold cover. Head over to the Cleopatra Records web store and grab this gem.