Meow. Coming from my favorite country and continent that I've never visited, the Australian duo of Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers made their NYC debut tonight. Gypsy & The Cat were armed with some fluid pop tunes from two albums. Even the Xavier confused himself on what album was available in the U.S. Here's the deal, The Late Blue, the song and the album, will be out in America on April 30. It's already out in Oz. Their 2010 album, the wonderfully catchy Gilgamesh, is not out here, but I think you're clever enough to find it on your own.
In any event, the band played the best from both albums to a packed room. You can tell the group was a little nervous and surprised at the turnout. Hey, we New Yorkers know a good band when we see it, and we have plenty of Aussie ex-pats to support their own. I love Aussies -- always nice and outgoing. Xavier was commenting how ungodly cold it was for them. Yet, we all felt the warmth of tunes like Jona Ark, Time to Wonder and the Late Blue. Aye aye, how's that for a transition?
As mentioned before, the band were suppose to come here two years ago to promote their debut, but had to back out. I think at the time, they were going to be positioned as the Aussie MGMT. They have that same feeling -- cosmic electronics, echoing vocals and catchy vibes. It turns out The Naked & Famous took that comparison as the Kiwi MGMT. Gypsy & The Cat has a little more innocence and wonder to their tunes, and less far-out psychedelics. What all these bands share is that their tunes stay with you. Time to Wonder and Jona Vark have been out for three years and I still dial that up on my playlist. The new album continues that feeling, with a new more of New Order punchiness.