Mr Cat & The Jackal is a unique five piece multi-instrumental group often described as experimental acoustic folk whilst exploring blues, tango, pirate, Balkan and Irish themes. With a circus of sounds created by foreign and handmade instruments – their live performance calls for a complete theatrical experience.
Catch them at 16:00 on the Capital Craft Main Stage… enjoy the interview:
Interview: MR CAT & THE JACKAL
MA: Would you mind introducing us to the band, letting us where you guys are from, as well as giving us a quick background on who MR CAT & THE JACKAL are and how you guys came together to form the band?
We originally wanted to start a death metal church band. But because we had no money, we were forced to build our own instruments and borrow granma’s accordion and stole the school’s xylophone. This changed our sound dramatically. Then came the fact that not one of the churches in the Durbanville area liked our lyrics or vibe. So we had to adapt to hospitals and animal shelters. This improved our storytelling abilities. I guess it’s exactly like they say: “It’s a long way to the top if you want to folk n roll” – ABBA
MA: How long have you guys been performing together as a band?
MA: What are your musical influences as a band, that come together to for the sound of MR CAT & THE JACKAL?
The instrumentation and the lyrics dictate mostly how the song gets shaped. We enjoy Tom Waits and Nick Cave a lot. But in general, influence are drawn from people and art, rather than ‘bands’ or ‘styles’.
MA: What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
We feel the SA music scene is going through a ‘purge’. It’s fucking hard to survive. If you aren’t brilliant and resilient, you’re going to have a bad time. There are fewer and fewer platforms. So the creativity now stems to the business and adaptability side of the current music industry. We would love to see more platforms arise to help younger bands and fresh musicians get a leg up. So is the ebb and tide of music, I guess.
MA: Why do you think South Africa is such a growing stage for all these amazing international acts making their way down to our beautiful country?
The organizers are getting better at finding and securing deals for international acts. So our reputation is improving and business relationships are built. I’d say there are a lot of unsung heroes behind the scenes in that regard. PLUS they are all intrigued by our weird culture at the Southern most tip of Africa.
MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
Nomadic Orchestra. The Brother Moves On. DJ InviZAble and the Champions of the Sonarverse.
MA: You guys are coming to Pretoria soon for the Capital Beer Craft 2015 festival…. Are you guys excited to be playing this gig? What can we expect from your set?
We love Pretoria. So we’re bringing our best side of dark fun.
MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
This year so far: Wrote and performed an opening and closing ceremony for the government -:- re-scored and performed a cabaret in Artscape -:- recorded album for Taleswopper – pre-production for a feature animation film (not allowed to mention the title yet) – toured with our side project all the way to Swaziland. Ahead: Hilarious radio Drama series on Animals. And of course gigs, gigs and gigs to entertain! The 4th album is also slooowly starting to take shape in the studio.
MA: Where can we follow you on Social media?