Ward Park 2010 - Cat Malojian
Where: Guinness Stage
Describe in a tweet: Sheer charm defeats technical difficulties
The cheer that greets Cat Malojian when they appear brings a smile to ATL's face. Amidst a galaxy of glittering stars, it's nice to know that homegrown heroes can be as appealing as the main draw. Almost instantly though, some ear bursting feedback threatens to bring things to a premature halt. The on-stage mix seems to be failing as guitars and vocals seem to come and go. Another howl of feedback, and we're away, a display of technical virtuosity that gets the assembled revelers on their feet and dancing, rather than clutching their ears in pain.
Cat Malojian are a band that meld seemingly disparate influences together in such a way as to make them seem like they're joined at the hip. The Appalachian folk sounds of the acoustic guitar and the banjo are joined by some processed beats and spacey keyboard sounds, making it hard to pin down this music to any particular style or genre.
No matter - the tales of vegetables for dinner, and the heart-warming tale of a particular part of the anatomy missing its twin (I'll not mention which part of the anatomy) manage to distract the audience from the obvious sound problems affecting the band. It's a real shame for them, but you've got to salute them for pushing through.
You Are My Joy: A guitar and banjo duel on the Super Mario Brothers theme gets us in the mood for a shindig.
Shut Your Eyes: The sound problems are punishing, and clearly affect the band, causing this to be a thwarted victory.
Ward Park Rating: 5/10 (but 7/10 for trying...)