It’s been a minute since we heard from Philly indie four-piece Catnaps. Last Valentine’s Day they released Boys Drool, a fuzzed-out punk departure form the synth-based pop of their first album, Why Don’t You Whisper. Their new song “Cherry Lips” continues in that direction, fleshes it out with a singalong hook, and pairs it with a great music video. Ever the romantics, Catnaps here chose to follow a nervous young astronomer / awkward sci-fi dude who falls for a girl from outer space in 30th Street Station – totally adorbs. Watch the video below, look for it on the three-song Shuteye EP that Catnaps is releasing on January 29th, and catch the band in concert this Thursday, January 17th, at Golden Tea House, or at Kung Fu Necktie on January 26.
Taking a cue from surf pop bands like Best Coast and Beach House, Philly four-piece Catnaps has been enjoying local success since the release of their 2011 album Why Don’t You Whisper?, which was followed up with an EP titled Boys Drool in February. Catnaps, who previously went by the name When I Was 12, performed a Key Studio Session in June 2011. Their show tonight at The Fire begins at 8 PM and is an all ages event. More information can be found here. Listen to their track “Stick and Stones” from Why Don’t You Whisper? below.
Kick off your weekend with a delightful set of breezy indiepop from Adrianne Gold, singer-guitarist of Catnaps. Her main band has been somewhat quiet lately, what with bassist / glockenspiel-ist Carolyn Haynes spending the summer rocking out in Nashville with JEFF the Brotherhood (seriously), so Gold took the downtime to record an LP of solo material under the name Faux Pas. Neighbors was released this morning, and it’s got the raw fuzz-punk edge of the last Catnaps EP, Boys Drool, but spread out over an entire set this time. It also features one especially catchy tune called “Fleetwood Mac” early on. Listen to it below, and grab a free download of it here. Oh, and don’t believe what Bandcamp tells you – Gold is not playing a show in Manchester, England tonight. This Faux Pas is. Keep a ear out for the next Catnaps release this fall.
South Philly’s Magic Gardens‘ ongoing summer music series is back for its July installment with a full day of jammin’ tunes and jammin’ vibes. Check out funk n’ jazz acts like Hot Bijouxx, Ollin Yolizti Calmecac, and The Really Cooks during the daytime street fair today, which begins at 12:30 p.m. Later, starting at 5 p.m., swing by for more music from the likes of Brooklyn avant-pop outfit Cuddle Magic, indie poppers Catnaps, and the infectiously energetic 20Somethings, among others. Check out the full line-up and get more information here. Admission to the evening show is $12 at the door, Magic Gardens is located at 1020 South Street. Below, stream “Jason,” from Cuddle Magic’s latest album, Info Nympho.
Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 17 local acts. You can also download the previous edition The Key Studio Sessions Compilation, Volume 1, in its entirety as a .zip file here.
Their summer tour took them to the west coast and back, playing at coffee shops, in living rooms and for one Nervous Energies Session in Southern California. Now that they’re snugly ensconced back in their home town, Catnaps is set to play Phila MOCA and show off a set of music from their full-length, debut Why Don’t You Whisper (released on the eve of their departure in late June). Today’s Philly Local Phile digs into the synthesizer-happy title cut that’s vaguely reminiscent of another indiepop band with feline fixations: The Cat’s Miaow. Catnaps plays PhilaMOCA on Friday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. with Netherfriends and Burberry Possums. Tickets to the all-ages show are $8.