A six-piece group consisting of an unhinged saxophone, lush double vocals, dreamy guitar, chunky ukulele, exploratory bass, and deep-in-the-pocket drums, Cactus Cat has their roots in sax-driven instrumental surf rock but have slowly and deliberately gone off the rails into the self-described realm of adventure rock.
Based in Fort Collins, CO and formed in October 2017, Cactus Cat is all over the place in the best way, pulling together influences ranging from cumbia to post-rock and drawing melodies from Ethiopia to Cambodia. Gliding seamlessly between boldly improvisational and tightly rehearsed, it's always guaranteed to be a wild ride. And much like the mythic cactus cat, they are covered in sharp spines and inhabit saguaros.
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"The cactus cat has thorny hair, the thorns being especially long and rigid on its ears. Its tail is branched, and upon the forearms above its front feet are sharp, knifelike blades of bone. With these blades it slashes the base of giant cactus trees, causing the sap to exude. This is done systematically, many trees being slashed in the course of several nights as the cat makes a big circuit. By the time it is back to the place of beginning the sap of the first cactus has fermented into a kind of mescal, sweet and very intoxicating. This is greedily lapped up by the thirsty beast, which soon becomes fiddling drunk, and goes waltzing off in the moonlight, rasping its bony forearms across each other and screaming with delight."
-Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods, With a Few Desert and Mountain Beasts, 1910