Goth n Roll band featuring Jyrki 69 (69 Eyes), Danny B. Harvey (The Headcat, Rockats) & Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes).

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Line Up Announced For Ink n Iron Nashville

The line up has been announced for the 1st Annual Ink n Iron festival in Nashville, TN. The 69 Cats are joining Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson and Billy Joe Shaver (among many others) for this landmark event. To buy tickets and for more info click HERE.

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“Transylvanian Tapes” Review on Gav The Gothic Chav

Transylvania-Tapes-tile.jpgIf you’re a fan of THE 69 EYES, or ever have been during the bands gothic-era, you’ll no doubt know of front man Jyrki 69 (real name Jyrki Linnankivi) and his love of all things blues and ELVIS style rock ‘n’ roll. The influence has been growing over time, and is unmistakable on the track “Borderline” taken from the most recent album “X”, with the tracks video even being filmed in Louisiana, the home of the blues, so really then it comes as no surprise that Jyrki would eventually put his efforts into a side project where he could focus purely on his musical love affair with this southern style of rockabilly groove, and he has. Meet, THE 69 CATS. Featuring members of THE CRAMPS and BLONDIE, this super-group of sorts have just released their début album; “Transylvanian Tapes”…let’s see what this Helsinki vampire’s sunk his teeth into…

Kicking off with a cover of THE DOORS classic “People Are Strange”, here he pays homage to the late Jim Morrison with a fresh take on a timeless song, a great album opener, before next up we’re treated to a reworked edition of “Sunglasses After Dark” by The Cramps, the rockabilly style really suiting this track and it’s a fun, energetic number.

Next up we’ve got another unmistakable classic, “Runaway”, by DEL SHANNON, originally released in 1961 but covered numerous times over the years; it’s still a great song to this day and always a pleasure to hear, which can also be said for “Edge Of Reality”, a brilliant piece by Elvis taken from his movie “Live A Little, Love A Little” in 1968. A few more covers in the form of “Werewolves Of London” by WARREN ZEVON and the surprise inclusion of “Girls On Film” by DURAN DURAN keep the album ticking on, some nice smooth instrumental sections like “Necromance For Guitar” and “69 Guitars”, before we finish up on “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, a shortened down but absolutely brilliant cover of the BAUHAUS track from 1982, keeping his gothic roots in plain sight; superb.

As much as we long to see the next instalment from The 69 Eyes, seeing the effort and passion that’s gone into The 69 Cats it’s literally impossible to complain about the Finnish goth’s absence. This may be cover-heavy in content, but they’re quality covers. “Transylvanian Tapes” is well worth a listen for any neutral fan of rock ’n’ roll, and let’s just hope tapes means plural, and we’ll one day see another instalment. Cats have nine lives after all…or should I say 69?

The album “Transylvanian Tapes” is available on iTunes HERE.

Read the review online HERE.

The 69 Cats at SXSW 2015

The 69 Cats have once again been invited to play at South By Southwest in Austin, TX during the week of March 17th – 22nd, 2015, and they are looking into playing shows in the Southwest around that time. The final SXSW dates have not yet been announced, check back for more info.

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Official Song Video For Runaway

Cleopatra Records has posted the 69 Cats’ version of Del Shannon’s Runaway on YouTube, check it out and comment and be sure and share it wherever and whenever you can! You can order it on the 69 Cats debut album Transylvanian Tapes HERE.

The 69 Cats’ Danny B. Harvey Talks ‘Bad Things’

Review Fix chats with The 69 Cats’ guitarists Danny B. Harvey, who discusses the band’s new EP, “Bad Things,” which is currently available via Cleopatra records. An EP full of awesome, horror-inspired old-school rock and roll tracks, The 69 Cats’ sound will be instantly recognizable and cool to anyone who grew up with Saturday Morning cartoons, Nestle Quik- and the Misfits.

For more information on the band. click here.

Review Fix: How would you describe the band’s sound for someone who’s never heard you guys?

Danny B. Harvey: It’s Rock’n’Roll, pure and simple, you can come up with clever descriptions like “Dark Rockabilly” or “Gothabilly” but in the end it’s just rock-n-roll with rock tracing all the way from Elvis to Bauhaus.

Review Fix: You guys all have a plethora of experience in different bands, how does it all come together?

Harvey: We all work together pretty seamlessly. Jyrki and I share the same love for music that covers many genres and we seem to like the same artists and songs from different eras. I’ve worked with Chopper on many occasions in the past and have been recording and touring with Clem Burke since the late ’80s as a rhythm section- they’re my mates .

 

Read the rest of the interview HERE.

69 Cats European Dates Announced

Torpedo Booking Agency has announced the first of the 69 Cats European tour dates click HERE to view them, the tour will begin in May of 2015. Check back for more dates and contact Jan at Torpedo HERE to book the band in Europe.

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The 69 Cats Booking European Tour

Torpedo Booking of Berlin, Germany has started booking the 69 Cats Spring 2015 European Tour. Contact them at the link below to get your festival or venue in on the action, the dates will fill up fast!

Click HERE for more info and to contact Torpedo Booking.

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The New 69 Cats Album Reviewed On Soul Of A Clown

The 69 Cats “Transylvanian Tapes”
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As we reported in our review of their debut EP (see here http://thesoulofaclown.com/2014/03/22/69-cats-bad-things-ep/), The 69 Cats is actually something of a super group as it consists of Jyrki69 (The 69 Eyes) vocals, Danny B. Harvey (Rockats, Headcat) guitar and Chopper Franklin (The Cramps) bass. Since that release we have been eagerly awaiting this full release, keen to see if they can repeat that brilliance over a full LP. Thankfully the wait is over and we haven’t been left disappointed. This album, apart from a couple of instrumentals, consists of cover songs. Some of those are songs you might expect given the band members backgrounds but there are plenty of curve balls thrown in as well.
It opens with The Doors “People are Strange” which is an absolutely perfect introduction to the band and a perfect fit for their style and sound. It’s dangerous ground covering such a loved band but this version is excellent.
    The more expected covers include “Sunglasses After Dark”, “Black Cadillac” and “She’s Not You”. Importantly, however, they are all given an extra twist and 69 Cats feel. In particular, the vocals of Jyrki69 given them all a darker, more sinister gothic tone which really transforms the songs. Also, if you wanted any confirmation of the respect held for Danny B Harvey in the rockabilly world then you just need to know that “She’s Not You” includes a guest appearance by the queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson.

    In terms of the unusual covers, then the sunny “Runaway” by Del Shannon is a great example of this. It’s an absolute classic song which is given a sinister feel compared to the sweetness of the original and it works perfectly. Duran Duran’s “Girls On Film” is certainly a surprise, and takes some getting use to! It sounds almost like the Sisters of Mercy’s Andrew Eldritch doing karaoke (now that would be a sight!!!). It will certainly raises a sly grin and perhaps shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
In fact, one of the great things about this band is a sense that they are doing this out of love for the music and to have a bit of fun. That is certainly apparent on the classic “Sweet Transvestite” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is a riot. They still find some time to deliver some straight up rockabilly with “Your My Baby”
     The gothic tone returns with the final track of the album, Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” which is a twisted and scary song. Again it has you thinking of The Sisters of Mercy but actually willing to let a smile sneak across their face!
     As with the previous EP, the 69 Cats are a bunch of gothic vampires who bring their own haunting style to possess all of these tracks. Even though it is delivered in a dark tone you still get the sense that the band have really enjoyed recording some of their own personal favourites. What would be perfect is for them to tour the UK so we can get to see them playing in a dark and dingy basement club, very late at night!
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Transylvanian Tapes Gets An “A” On Shakefire

From Shakefire.com:

Transylvanian Tapes (The 69 Cats)
Label: Cleopatra
Genre: Rock
Release Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Grade: A
 
With the opening track remake of the song, “People Are Strange”, it is the perfect song that would describe the band, The 69 Cats. This band of oddTransylvania Tapes cover songs, some dare I say even a bit strange in the way they are played, has been put together an album called, “The Transylvanian Tapes” where they have blended some rock and roll with rock-a-billy and Gothic to make a whole different kind of music. This is the first time that I think I have ever heard music that should be called rock-goth-a-billy. What a word but it really is that kind of music and it’s a new kind of music that really is a unique set of songs.

This band plays cover songs so you won’t be getting anything that’s new, at least not with having the band playing their own songs. However, that does not mean you won’t hear some new takes on some old songs. Such as the opening track, “People Are Strange” as well as pretty much the rest of the songs. The 69 Cats have put their twist of Gothic sound along with rock-a-billy to these favorite classics. Even though I tend to not care much for a cover band album, that’s due to the fact that if I want to hear a cover song I can go to a bar but when I want to hear the song on an album I’ll listen to the band that made the song popular in the first place. That’s not the case with this album though and it’s because of their unique take on the songs.

I really did like the way they made these songs have a dark edge to them. While keeping the core sound of the songs, The 69 Cats give each song a new flavor of sound. They have put a nice amount of fun and zest into these songs to make the sound fresh and new. I like the groove that some have, like the track “Runaway” has a good groove while also having the Gothic sound to it and a rock-a-billy beat. The vocals are what really adds to the feeling to the songs. Jyrki 69 (The 69 Eyes), yeah what a name, has a deep voice, it’s dark, it’s the sound of Halloween, but it keeps the groove going in all the songs. With this unique sound, The 69 Cats do a fun cover album where they give these songs a new sound where if this was your first time hearing them or millionth, the songs will sound new and fresh, as well as fun.

Read the review HERE.

Transylvanian Tapes Enters CMJ Top 100

The 69 Cats’ debut album Transylvanian Tapes has moved to #99 on the CMJ Top 200 Chart, this after entering at #13 on the CMJ Top 200 Adds Chart last week.

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