Nightmare & The Cat: A Music Lover’s Dream Come True?
Nightmare & The Cat are a result of some intercontinental cross-breeding, having been given birth to after brothers Samuel and Django Stewart hopped an ocean and landed in Los Angeles from England. It was there Nightmare’s third member, Claire Acey, joined the fold and the band began to write and record songs that are quickly garnering attention from the sometimes jaded LA music scene.
Although they haven’t yet released an official album (the band has been around for less than a year) you can hear their existing collection of work on their myspace page, which is where I’ve had their playlist on ‘repeat’ the last couple of weeks. Listening to them I hear snippets of a variety of different musical influences creeping into the mix, everything from Rufus Wainwright to Jeff Buckley and even smidges of Wintersleep. The basic production of their myspace tracks reminded me of Trinity Sessions era Cowboy Junkies, and at times I hear tasty morsels of guitar riff twang that wouldn’t sound out of place at a Duane Eddy session.
I’ve included a live clip of Nightmare & The Cat performing their song ‘Chart Topper’ from earlier in the year. I highly recommend you take the opportunity to watch them Wednesday night when they perform on Stripped Down Live with Curt Smith. Hop online at 8PM PT to watch the show streamed live to your computer. Also look for them on facebook, twitter, and of course their own site, nightmareandthecat.com.