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Summer Cats

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(Popboomerang; US: 13 Nov 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Summer Cats don’t want you to ignore them, not by a long shot. So what they do is create songs that make you want to go back to The Go-Betweens and other like-minded Aussie bands capable of making stunning and sometimes stellar highbrow pop. Whether it’s the tight and shimmering “Discotheque” that will cause limbs to shake and heads to bob or the closing “Crocodile”, Summer Cats deliver strong summery, breezy and terribly catchy pop in the vein of Belle And Sebastian and The New Pornographers. If there’s one flaw, it might be how it’s just an EP of five nuggets that leaves one definitely wanting more. Nonetheless, the opening “Wild Rice” resembles a Sloan single if they were led by singer Jay Ferguson. Meanwhile, “Hush Puppy” has a bit more spark yet is just as adorable as all the others.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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