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Cat’s Eyes

Formed 2011.

Rachel Zeffira & Faris Badwan

Biography

Cat's Eyes are an alternative pop duo formed in early 2011, by the vocalist Faris Badwan (known for his work with English Indie rock band The Horrors), and the Italian-Canadian soprano, composer and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira.

The band were formed after Badwan introduced Zeffira to 1960s girl group music. Zeffira became intrigued by the likes of The Ronettes and acts produced by Joe Meek and Phil Spector, and soon began work on a demo version of a track (which eventually became "The Lull") in a similar style, which on completion she sent to Badwan.

Using Zeffira's classical music contacts the band were able to perform a short performance using a church organ and choir at the Vatican, in front of several important cardinals. Following much positive press on the performance they offered free downloads of two songs via their website. One a cover/remix of Grinderman's "When My Baby Comes" and the other an original composition - "Not a Friend".

On 28 February 2011, the duo released an EP entitled Broken Glass on the Polydor label. It was recorded at Peter Gabriel's RealWorld Studios with record producer Steve Osborne. The Broken Glass EP featured three original compositions, and a cover of a previously unreleased demo song by The Horrors - "Sunshine Girls". It met with positive press and was followed by the release of Cat's Eyes, a full length album, in April 2011.

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  1. Review of Cat’s Eyes

    Cat’s Eyes 2011

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    Amazing collaboration between Canadian soprano and English garage-goth dandy.
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