Catatonia emerged from the same fertile Welsh rock scene responsible for the Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals, Gorky"s Zygotic Mynci, and 60Ft Dolls. Led by the instantly memorable vocalist Cerys Matthews, the band came together in Cardiff, Wales in late "92, signing to Welsh indie Crai. Following the release of a couple indie singles (two of which earned NME Single of the Week Awards) and truckloads of rave reviews, they soon became a much-loved band on the UK music scene, further exciting their fans with fearsome live shows. In 1996 they signed with UK label Blanco Y Negro, and released their debut LP, Way Beyond Blue. Now, after a year of hard and hearty touring, the band returns with International Velvet -- their first LP to be available in the United States.
Recorded over a 10-week stint last July and August, International Velvet, produced by Catatonia with Tommy D (Sugarcubes, The Shamen), was released in England earlier this year to much fanfare and several charting singles, including "I Am The Mob," "Mulder & Scully," and the soon to be rising "Road Rage." No surprise that such instantly hummable tunes would lodge themselves on radio playlists all across Europe. But while "I Am The Mob" and "Mulder & Scully" prove the band can pack a good hook, other songs, like the slow burning epic "Road Rage," the twisting torch of "Why I Can"t Stand One Night Stands" and the acoustic campfire flavor of "Don"t Need The Sunshine" show that there's much to explore in Catatonia.
Cerys Matthews - vocals