Inspired to get their new music out to fans as soon as possible, The Cat Empire have brought the release date of their new album ‘Rising With The Sun’ forward to the 4th of March 2016. “The music is finished, the artwork is done, we’re all excited about getting the album out as quickly as we can, so people have time to listen to it ahead of our world tour this year. So we are moving the release date forward a week to March 4” explains Felix Riebl. The timing perfectly matches live show dates the band have scheduled in Western Australia starting on release day, as well as WOMAdelaide and Blues Fest in Byron Bay later in March.
The artwork for ‘Rising With The Sun’ has also been revealed today. Inspired by a traditional Mexican design known as an “Ojos de Dios” (Eye of God), these designs were traditionally created for a celebration, and often presented as a gift to bless a home.
The cover art was created by local Sydney and ARIA Award winning artist Aaron Hayward. Inside, the booklet art will feature the faces of over 3500 lucky fans of The Cat Empire from around the world who were quick to respond to the bands call to fans to share their faces for the artwork. The band posted; “We know The Cat Empire fan to be a spirited, international, ageless, music loving person who loves to dance and have a good time. But sometimes from stage the audience can start to look like a blur of faces. We want to know who you are, and we want to be able to see each and every one of your faces. So we are going to shine the spotlight back on The Cat Empire global army of fans for a moment, and ask you to share a photo of yourself with us”.
‘Rising With The Sun’ was recorded over the course of 2015, in between touring commitments which saw The Cat Empire play to a global audience of over half a million people, including headlining some of the world’s biggest festivals, and a sold out show at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.
‘Rising With The Sun’ was recorded in their home town of Melbourne, with sought after producer and long-time friend Jan Skubiszewski. “We kept everything fresh” frontman Felix Riebl revealed. “We were confident because we had a sound from our previous record (2013’s ‘Steal The Light’) that we were really happy with, so that was our starting point… it was just a matter of going back to that physical space and coming up with new songs.”
With two songs already released including ‘Que Sera Ahora’, which the band have been performing as part of their set throughout Europe, and the triple j / double j favourite ‘Wolves’, fans have already had a glimpse of The Cat Empire’s new material.
The songs on ‘Rising With The Sun’ feel explosive and custom built for festivals. Felix makes no secret about what the intention is for these songs. “You can play it on a big stage. The choruses are ones people can sing. The rhythms really work.”
Pre-sales for the new album are now live on the bands website. A 100% independent band globally, The Cat Empire have the freedom to offer fans exactly what they want, and they are doing just that with pre-order packages that include coveted opportunities like attending sound check, one on one music workshops with band members, Harry and Ollie performing in people’s homes, signed memorabilia, limited edition packages of cd/digital and vinyl versions of ‘Rising With The Sun’, artisan crafted jewellery, handmade artworks of the album art, and many more offerings to make the fans smile.
Thursday 4 March – FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE, WA
Friday 5 March – 3 OCEANS WINERY, MARGARET RIVER, WA http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=58596
Saturday 6 March – CASTELLI ESTATE, DENMARK, WA
Friday 11 March – WOMADELAIDE, SA
Sunday 27 March – BLUES FEST, BYRON BAY, NSW