Melbourne Australia’s Summer Cats are keen students of POP in all of its flavors. From the motorik strum of Modern Lovers to the folky lilt of early Creation/Sarah label bands to the feedback-drenched noisy pop of the 00s, Summer Cats have got you covered. Their 2009 Slumberland album Songs For Tuesdays dazzled with its seemingly effortless song craft and sharp melodicism. Packed with proper tunes and confident vocals, it is one of the finest indiepop albums of recent memory.
Now Summer Cats are ready to release their first single since the album, and it’s a corker. “Your Timetable” is a well-honed slice of noise-pop, full of fuzz guitar, romping organ and a chorus to die for. Augmented by new second guitarist Jeremy Cole (from excellent Melbourne band The Zebras), Summer Cats turn “Your Timetable” into a glorious racket of barely-contained guitar squall and crashing drums – a perfectly infectious two minute pop gem.
On the flip we have live favorite “TV Guide” finally given the studio treatment. Showing another facet to Summer Cats pop sound, “TV Guide” is an organ-driven bopper featuring excellent vocals from Scott Stevens, restrained guitar jangle ‘n’ strum, and yet another indelibly catchy melody and chorus. With its charming minimalism, “TV Guide” could fit right in on an early Flying Nun compilation — a high compliment indeed. Jangly, fuzzy and catchy as hell, Summer Cats make brilliant pop records to dance and swoon to, and this fine single is sure to please fans of all things melodic and groovy.
“Songs for Tuesdays is an album anyone with a fondness for spiky, catchy, and super fun indie pop should own.”
March 5 – New York, NY – Don Hills
March 6 – Philadelphia, NY – England Belongs to Twee at King Fu Necktie
March 7 – Brooklyn, NY – Bruar Falls
March 11 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
March 12 – Milwaukee, WI – Bayview Brew Haus
March 13 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
March 15 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
March 19 – Austin, TX – End of an Ear records in-store (SXSW)
March 20 – Austin, TX – Waterloo Cycles SXSW Party
March 27 – San Francisco, CA – Slumberland 20th Anniversary Show at The Rickshaw Stop
March 28 – Los Angeles, CA – Slumberland 20th Anniversary Show at The Echo
Street date: March 16, 2010
A. Your Timetable
B. TV Guide
Songs For Tuesdays
Street date: July 14, 2009
1. Let’s Go!
2. Hey You
4. Fulton Gurls
5. In June
6. Wild Rice
7. Christopher Wren
8. Maybe Pile
9. Lonely Planet
10. Camel Cords
11. Waking Up
12. St. Tropez