The Cat Empire have released their ninth album, Where The Angels Fall. It arrives four years after the Melbourne party ensemble’s previous effort, Stolen Diamonds, and it’s the first record to feature the band’s new lineup. The Cat Empire continues to be led by Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill, who’re now joined by bassist and vocalist Grace Barbé, trumpeter Lazaro Numa, brass players Ross Irwin and Kieran Conrau, drummer Daniel Farrugia, and percussionist and vocalist Neda Rahmani.
Where The Angels Fall, which sees them return to their roots, writing, and recording in their hometown of Melbourne. Celebrating Melbourne’s live music scene and the next generation of talented musicians, the band wanted to pay homage to a place where Felix & Ollie first met, sneaking into venues underage and discovering a whole world of music.
With the opening fat notes of a sousaphone on Thunder Rumbles, track one of their new album, The Cat Empire invite you into their impending storm of sound. Where The Angels Fall is a celebration of everything that The Cat Empire stand for. It’s a joyous, multi-cultural festival of musical fun. OLLIE McGILL commented “We are pinching ourselves at the level of joy and sophistication that we have managed to conjure.”