Photograph courtesy of Andy Willsher
Ghostcat are an exotic explosion of dancefloor electronica, pop love and sabre toothed guitars; good time music giving vent to bad, bad thoughts.
Guitarist Dan Gamble spent his early life hop-scotching between Tokyo and London. Born in Toronto, singer Ali Cat was the guitarist in an all-girl teen punk band at sixteen. By 2006 she was living in in an ‘aspiring art collective’ in Kilburn, also home to Dan. They recruited French drummer Etienne Bellot and Aussie bassist Ben Larsen and began playing raucous live shows sounding half The Kills and half Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Gig by gig they got in touch with their inner dirty dancefloor selves so that by the time they were snapped up by France’s Kuskus label they were as into messing with formulas behind the synthetic filth of Crystal Castles as with The Ting Tings’ pop crunch.
‘This Is A Bust’ – their first single – particularly encapsulates their oeuvre, a deviant disco skipping tune about boys. The sexy eclecticism of their first album was recorded in the underground studio owned by Prince’s ‘Under The Cherry Moon’ engineer Chuck Norman. They’re now out of the basement, blinking in the pop sunlight and ready to take their rocktronic decadence to all corners.
Ghostcat will be playing at Catch 22 on Kingsland Road on Wed 21st April, with support from Rotkappchen and The Boicotts.