After releasing ninth album Sun earlier this year, US songstress Chan Marshall aka Cat Power will return to Australia & NZ for an extensive run of dates in February & March 2013.
In a press release from early 2009 Cat Power suggested her days with Dirty Delta Blues (her illustrious backing band including members of Dirty Three and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) maybe drawing to a close. Turns out that was no idle threat… her current touring band includes just one former-DDB member, keyboardist, Gregg Foreman. The remaining members, all women, having been drawn from lengthy auditions.
Sun, the first Cat Power album of all self-penned material in six years, also follows that reinvention with all tracks, bar those on lead single ‘Ruin’ (the sole contribution by Dirty Delta Blues), having been played and produced by Cat Power herself.
“Written, played and produced on her own, this is the rebirth of Cat Power… It’s an inspirational album that’s musically very strong.” – Yen Magazine
“Her most joyful, sonically adventurous album to date, the best record she’s ever made… One of 2012’s biggest surprises and best records: an irresistible collection from an inspired, fearless and curious artist.” – NPR
Visually too, changes are apparent. Gone are the trademark locks, replaced instead by a mohawk. Mad Max style. A statement of intent. While the revised stage show takes on arena-like proportions. This is Cat Power circa 2012.
“Marshall’s grandiose lighting and projections — travel photos, radiant sunlight, a giant gorilla, intermingling with a triangular LED-speckled picture frame — Crazy schemes for indie acts wanting to leave a lasting impression, going quite literally for broke laying everything on the line.” – The Vancouver Sun
“When I moved to New York in 1992, I had a severe breakup and I cut my hair super-duper short. And that’s the (Sun) album cover. At first, I just cut all of the damn length off. Four months ago I had a difficult time, not a midlife crisis, like a midlife awesomeness, and during whatever I was going through, I just kept going shorter and shorter. The “Cherokee” video is kind of apocalyptic. I had a mohawk the summer of seventh grade, but I had never dyed my hair before, so this time I did.” – The Daily Beast
With all that awesomeness in mind, Feel Presents are proud to once again bring Cat Power to Australian and New Zealand shores. Touring at the invitation of Meredith’s Golden Plains Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival, this is Cat Power’s most extensive antipodean tour to date and follows 2010’s sold out national tour.
CAT POWER AUSTRALIA & NZ 2013 TOUR
Presented by Feel Presents, triple j and Street Press Australia
Tickets for all shows on-sale Friday 16th November.
Friday 22nd February
Wellington, Wellington Town Hall
Tickets from www.ticketek.co.nz
Saturday 23rd February
Auckland, Bruce Mason Centre
Tickets from www.ticketek.co.nz
Monday 25th February
Adelaide, Her Majesties Theatre
Tickets from www.bass.net.au or phone 131246 or in person at all Bass outlets.
Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th February
Perth International Arts Festival, Festival Gardens
Tickets and details from www.perthfestival.com.au
Friday 1st March
Newcastle, Newcastle Panthers
Tickets from www.moshtix.com.au, phone (02) 4926 6200 or in person at the venue (Cnr King and Union Streets) and all Moshtix outlets.
Saturday 2nd March
Sydney, Enmore Theatre
Tickets from www.ticketek.com.au or ph: 9550 3666. Also available from www.feelpresents.oztix.com.au, all Ticketek outlets or in person at the venue box office
Tuesday 5th March
Brisbane, The Tivoli
Tickets from www.ticketek.com.au or ph: 132 849. Also available from feelpresents.oztix.com.au or in person at all Ticketek and Oztix outlets (including Rockinghorse Records)
Thursday 7th March
Melbourne, The Forum
Tickets from www.ticketek.com.au or phone 132 849. Also available from all Ticketek outlets.
Saturday 9th March
Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Golden Plains
CAT POWER - SUN is out now via Matador/ Remote Control.
Cat Power Sun is out now via Matador/Remote Control