It's time for another edition of "What's Your Muse?"
The concept is simple: We ask a band/artist to choose a song that means a lot/the most to them. Then, they record and send us a video of themselves describing why they chose the song. Think of it like a collaborative video mixtape project.
In this edition, we hear from Cats In the Basement.
Chances are, if you have a ton of cats literally in a basement, things might get a little wild. And while actual cats are characterized by strong personalities that are more than likely open to stirring up conflict -- at least crammed together in a confined space like that of a basement -- these particular cats find a way to mix an eclectic range of tones and styles into one agreeable, refreshing mix that is one of a kind. There are bits of indie rock, jazz, tropical pop, punk, surf rock, pop, and more in their sound, which makes Cats In the Basement a rather exciting and adventurous listen. The Sarasota band's recently released record, DOO BEE DOO LA DEE DAY DUM BE DUM DRINK YOUR BLOOD, showcases an infectious fervor that frames their explosive yet sharp tunes; they are at once wildly energetic and witty.
So, all things considered, it's not surprising when you find out which artist and song Cats In the Basement chose as their muse. It's a song that's actually the polar opposite of their swift-paced style, but it ends up revealing the band's cunning side that lies just beneath their tidal waves of energy. Instead of trying to pump the original full of adrenaline, Cats In the Basement comfortably interpret the song as a laid back, ukelele-based pop tune that's breezy and meaningful. Below, hear the reason for their selection as well as their version of the song filmed and performed at Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the U.S.
Hear the original.
Cats In the Basement are on tour now with (and also the backing band for) The Terror Pigeon
03/14/12 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Escapes XVI – at club 1808
03/16/12 – Austin, TX – SXSW – SXSMESS 2! – (TPDR only)
03/16/12 – Austin, TX – SXSW – The Whiskey Room – TPDR Official Showcase! w/ Bright Moments
03/17/12 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Wadzilla’s Boston to Austin Party! (TPDR only)
03/17/12 – Austin, TX – SXSW – @sxswendys
MP3: Cats In the Basement - "godslovesex"
from DOO BEE DOO LA DEE DAY DUM BE DUM DRINK YOUR BLOOD
Cats In the Basement