Brighton alt-rock quartet Wild Cat Strike have confirmed the details of their new forthcoming EP Mustard Coloured Years, released April 17th via Small Pond Records. To coincide with the announcement, the band have also released a brand new single in the form of ‘Mustard’.
“Mustard is a 2020 take on a 1950s waltz," details bassist Chris Whitehorn “We recorded at Echo Zoo, Eastbourne where the word around the campfire is that the mixing desk once belonged to Tony Visconti, who had recorded David Bowie with it. We tracked in the room together to keep the feel of how we play it live, then overdubbed guitars and a sumptuous selection of 70s synths. Later we added vocal harmonies by our label mates Bonniesongs, Natalie Evans, and our mates from Tall Ships and I Feel Fine to give us that sea shanty singalong sound.”
“Mustard can be quite a divisive colour,” continues vocalist Danny Byrom. “Whether it’s on some wallpaper or a suit shirt. And our thoughts can be both tasteless and inspired, dependent on context. Just like a pair of mustard-coloured corduroy trousers.”
The follow up the group’s 2017’s long play debut Rhubarb Nostalgia, the record is set to see the band expand on their intricate and homegrown sound. Always ones to focus on the finer things, thematically, the record continues where the aforementioned debut left off.
“I like to find unique analogies that haven’t been found, but once heard they seem like they have always existed” Continues Byrom. “The loud wallpaper in a quiet room, traffic jams bringing in a red brake-light-coloured sunset, the night disguising the roads as strips of liquorice, wondering who tamed the carousel horses, a cherry branch in at random signifying good luck, the easiest thing to do being to learn the hard way, trying no to worry where you are going to sleep at the end of the day knowing that heaven’s always got a spare room; just in case...”
Combining elements of indie, folk, math rock and pop, Wild Cat Strike have swiftly becoming widely renowned up and down the country due to their chameleonic and gleefully off-kilter sound. The past several years have seen the dynamos grace events such as 2000 Trees, ArcTanGent, Y Not and Bad Pond, sharing stages with the likes of Delta Sleep, The Xcerts, Tigercub, Caspian, Kaguu and many more.
Mustard Coloured Years is available to pre-order here. As for the album artwork, here’s what it looks like.
Wild Cat Strike will also be touring this Spring too. Here’s where you can – and should - catch them.