CAT SFX is the female fronted four piece punk rock band from London who are making themselves seen and heard!
As today is International Women’s Day we thought what better time than to highlight one of the most sassiest, bad ass bitches in the music industry that we know!
Caterina Speranza is an anglo-Italian artist (affectionately known as Cat) and she is no stranger to the music scene having been in bands since she was a mere 16 years old with her first band, The Vincent Fiasco. Whilst with The Vincent Fiasco, Cat played some high-profile support slots with the likes of Interpol which in turn put her on the radar of legendary music mogul Alan McGee who staged the band at his cult club night the Death Disco. After the band split, Cat moved to Milan to pursue a career as a professional songwriter with Sony ATV. Utilising her undoubted talents as a songwriter, Cat scored hits for an array of rising stars, most notably including Italian sensations: The Kolors who achieved meteoric success in their home country with a clutch of smash hit singles and a 4x platinum selling album.
Upon her return to London, Cat met up with her friend and songwriting partner Gordon Mills Jnr and they both spent time writing songs together for other artists when they decided that they had something pretty damn special going on and decided to form their own band; Cat SFX (Cat and The Side Effects).
Shortly thereafter, Cat met up with Mcgee once more on the set of his Creation Stories the Movie film and he was suitably impressed enough to sign the band up there and then to his tastemaker label ‘Creation23‘. The band have released a string of hits under this label and its successor label ‘Its Creation Baby‘ so far, starting with the electronic skewered fizz of “Doom Generation”the electrifying post-punk thrash of the NME-praised “Reunite”,the stadium-sized: “All The Money In The World” which received critical acclaim from The Times, Rolling Stone Italia and airplay from Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1 and the sassy punk-rock strut of “Upside Down”.
CAT SFX have recently released their fifth single on the label entitled “Rodeo” and it is perhaps the band’s most exhilarating and outspoken instalment in their musical story to date.
As allegations of corruption floods our news feeds day-in/day-out with endless predictability, “Rodeo” sees Cat SFX getting on their soapbox to say: enough is enough. Cat states:
“There’s one thing you should know, this ain’t my first Rodeo” – is my way of saying: we’ve seen and heard it all before mate, we won’t be fooled this time round.”
Chiming with the themes of change and revolution, the striking cover art for “Rodeo” was shot by Alun Davies at The Onllwyn Miners Welfare in South Wales. A pivotal location in the Miners’ Strike of 1984, the venue became famous for the funds it raised as the “Lesbians and Gays support Miners” group’s HQ (also prominently featured in the Matthew Warchus film ‘Pride’).Cat explains:
“We wanted to create an image that celebrates queer identity, as well as my family’s mining background on my Mothers side”
All in all CAT SFX are a formidable force using their talent and skill through the power of music to call out for a move for social and political change.
Listen to ‘Rodeo’ HERE NOW
The track ‘Rodeo’ has been well received by press and radio being featured in Louder Than War and enjoying repeated plays on the likes of Radio X and BBC Radio Wales. The track has also been added to the enviable Apple Music Rock playlist, but most outstandingly is the fact that the highest streams for the single have come from the Ukraine, just going to show what an impact this song is having on the world at large.
Cat herself is an incredibly strong and inspirational woman, she is unashamedly outspoken in her views, is an advocate in speaking up over matters concerning mental health and sexual orientations, and the taboos surrounding it. She fights the good fight for the benefit of generations to come. She’s not been born with a silver spoon in her mouth and she works incredibly hard day in day out to achieve what she has. She’s battled with addictions and mental health struggles, suffered immense pain in her life, but here she is today shining like the absolute Queen that she truly is.
Coming full circle and in a rather apt move, Cat SFX are due to perform this International Women’s Day at Alan Mcgee’s Death Disco club night at the Notting Hill Arts Club in London. Entry to the event is free via door list. To get your name on the list email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Words by Sally Newman