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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Transylvanian Tapes Gets An “A” On Shakefire


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.



Official Audio Teaser For Transylvanian Tapes

Cleopatra Records has posted the official audio teaser player for the debut 69 Cats album Transylvanian Tapes, it has clips of all the songs, check it out and order your copy today!

Transylvanian Tapes Debuts at #13 on CMJ Adds Chart

The 69 Cats’ Transylvanian Tapes debuted nicely on the College Radio CMJ charts this week, coming in at #13 on the Most Added on the CMJ Top 200 Adds Chart right out of the box. Be sure and pound your local radio station to play cuts from this great debut album!

Radio 200 Adds Chart Issue 1356

The 69 Cats “Transylvanian Tapes” 4 Star Review

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The 69 Cats Transylvanian Tapes Cleopatra 2014

Transylvania Tapes cover

Vincent Price would have loved these guys!

Brent Black /

Gothic rock meets rockabilly? Music has had strange bedfellows before so why not? Gothabilly is a intriguing hybrid of sound that seemingly falls apart on paper but comes together for a delightful riff on the lighter side of evil. The band has some serious credentials with former Cramps bassist Scott “Chopper” Franklin and Blondie drummer Clem Burke. This is a release that is built on the “spirit” of the music as much as the music itself and includes some excellent covers of some golden oldies and pop favorites. A cult band / super group in the making? Probably!

Some of the more interesting if not incredibly fun covers include Duran Duran’s “Girls On Film” and a grooved out riff on Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.” The reigning Queen of rockabilly makes an appearance on the Elvis Presley hit “She’s Not You.” A “fun” record that you can actually take seriously, there is some muscle behind the tunes and the arrangements work well and are not near as “cheesy” as something you might here from the Stray Cats. Perhaps the hidden jewel in the release is the cover of “Sweet Transvestite” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” At first you think, “no way.” You walk away loving it.

4 Stars

Tracks: People Are Strange; Sunglasses After Dark; She’s Not You; Runaway; Sweet Transvestite; Edge of Reality; Necromance For Guitar; You’re My Baby; Werewolves of London; Black Cadillac; Girls On Film; 69 Guitars; Bela Lugosi’s Dead.

Personnel: Jyrki69: Vocals; Danny B. Harvey: Guitar; Scott “Chopper” Franklin: Bass; Clem Burke: Drums.