Cat Valley are an indie rock band from Washington State in the USA – Feral is their latest release, with the EP containing seven tracks. Whilst they describe themselves as an indie rock band, Cat Valley also have elements of alt rock, grunge and punk present in their music, making for quite a nice overall mix.
By Jane Howkins
The first song up is Dive Bar Fight Song which opens up the EP quite nicely. The main chord sequence only consists of a few chords played over and over again (with this replicated on the verses with the bass) but it doesn’t really need to be more complicated than this, showing their punk side off almost immediately. The female vocals are a nice contrast but also contain a sense of attitude and rebellion to them.
Manager is next up, with the song starting off with a much slower tempo. The guitar melodies here are softer, showing a different side to Cat Valley. It’s much more of an indie song than Dive Bar Fight Song and the vocals have a less abrasive sound here, giving the track a dreamy feel.
Patches is even quieter, although when it first starts up it does sound like it’s going to be a heavier song. The guitar arpeggios are simply gorgeous and the vocal harmonies on the chorus sound lovely. The guitar work is particularly impressive here, showing a band with some special songwriting skills.
Raspberry Jam is an instrumental track, consisting of some lovely guitar melodies that slowly build up into a crescendo over time. The breakdown in the middle splits the song up nicely, before the music continues once more.
Last Year is another dreamy indie rock song – it starts off slow before building up a little more onto a more punky chorus. I really enjoyed the verses here – the guitar melodies and rhythm sound great and worked well with the vocals.
Red Sea is the penultimate song on Feral, kicking off with a busy drum pattern and a slightly faster feel. The vocals and guitar melodies match the speed of the percussion and sound quite melodic, before the chorus kicks in with a more discordant sound.
The final track is Don’t Quit Your Gay Job, ending the EP in much the same style as it is started, with both the opening and closing songs acting as nice bookends for Feral. Once again, it’s a heavy punk track with a simple three chord pattern to it, although the guitar solos played underneath the music add a little more technicality to proceedings.
Feral is an incredible EP and one that sounds very interesting. It’s great to hear a band like Cat Valley combining together so many different sounds and styles under one umbrella and I am very intrigued to hear what they come up with next time around. Check out their their socials below!