Still slightly mentally bruised fighting half of WithGuitars off to review Poeticat’s new single, mind you, any lost brain cells spent worrying over those casual innocent jibes were replenished by the lyrical feast and general riffage of ‘3rd Arm’. if you’re a regular at last summer’s festivals, no doubt Poeticat left a lasting impression, from Glastonbury via another half dozen appearances to the Edinburgh Fringe, the mostly alternative come genre-defying, Poeticat gave food for thought across the UK.
The band’s latest is a hefty slice of what’s so good about the unique Poeticat. Fusing the challenging spoken word delivery of the very talented Catherine Martindale, her experimental vocal harmonies well with fellow European Theatre Arts graduate Ziggi Jadovski, and your in stranger lands, only half way there. Stir in, the powerful yet warm bass lines of Ivo Ramalho formerly of Worldly Savages and the skills of percussionist Vic Meadowcroft on the Cajon who pulls in from Latin American music and African rhythms; bringing it all together in a loose yet fluid journey while the prowess of guitarist Baj Kenrick reaches deep into the songs and provides another twist, with complex metal guitar riffs and melodies.
You can at least find a couple of good sign post in the band’s debut AA, Kind Words Soft Kill/Centre of the Concrete Square’ which as first impressions go, would knock you dead in the best way of course. ‘3rd Arm’ is a worthy follow up, that works on the similar, and a few more levels, just as well then, the the use of so many chords are carbon-free for the most part. Listen carefully and you might hear the scribbles – adding Poeticat to fan’s list of favourite bands. 8.8/10