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Plenty of gigs coming over the next few months, including our first festival. Only a small one, but we're planning a killer set. Hoping to really make a mark & start wedging our foot even further into that festival circuit door. Planning a video shoot too. Not really into the whole 'story' type of clip, just going to be us doing what we do best - kickin' it live on stage at the Great Northern Hotel here in Newcastle! Should give us a more professional clip & one we can send around to venues to let them see what the Soup is all about. Just about ready to start writing some new material too. The last album gave us some real confidence to try a few different directions, but still staying true to the Catfish style - keepin' it Souped up! So make sure you do the same cats! Peace out…
So let's skip the boring stuff and go straight to the new album "We Got What You Need". Once again, thanks to AMRAP & the Australian community radio network, we've had a great response - even better than the first album! All that time Lucifer Slim spent slaving over a hot DAW paid off big time. As a result, we've broken into the Australian Blues & Roots top 25 charts, been featured & interviewed on Port Stephens FM, had great reviews - especially in the local Newcastle Post, been interviewed by the ABC for their 'Exhumed' project, as well as getting airplay in the U.S., U.K., France, Canada and Central America! Looks like we're starting to build up a bit of a head of steam and with any luck, we'll be able to transform that into some more performances, especially festivals. Once we can get a foot in that door, things should hopefully start to take off. Peace out cats.
Thanks to AMRAP, quite a few community radio stations around the country (including Cairns FM 89.1, Inner FM 96.5 (Melbourne), 2BOB FM 104.7 (Manning Valley), and of course, our very own Port Stephens FM 100.9) have picked us up for their playlists. Irene R. Barrett, from Cairns FM, was kind enough to give us the following review:
Catfish Soup album review
As a radio presenter of blues and rock and contributor to the monthly Aussie Blues & Roots Charts it’s always exciting to receive a new release , stick it in the CD player, then sit back and hope it’s going to be music to your ears. More often than not you have to flick from track to track and if you’re lucky you’ll find three or four songs that you can tick as your favourites. What is rare is when you put that CD in the player and it rock your socks off till the last track has played and then you crave for more. Rarer still is when the album consists of ALL original tracks. I can only imagine what a night out would be like seeing this bunch of rough ‘n tumble blokes perform LIVE. Thanks for including the photo guys . I’m not an official reviewer, I just know what I like and I play what I love and EVERY track on this album rocks me to the core from the ‘get down and dirty’ vocals of Kevin Mills to the rockin’ bluesy killer sounds of the four musicians backing him. ‘Catfish Soup’ do it for me baby!
Irene R Barrett Presenter of ‘Drivin’ Home With the Blues’ and ‘Jukebox’ Cairns FM89.1
Hey folks, it's been a while since the last blog entry, so thought we'd better bring everyone up to speed! Firstly, a big welcome to all our new fans/followers/friends across the world on all our sites - welcome to the Soup Clan, we hope you enjoy it ;). On the gig front, some new venues on the Central Coast are starting to take interest in The Soup. Keep your eyes open for dates and venues near you. Sadly, The Exchange has discontinued their "Blues on Beaumont" Sunday Sessions, including ours set down for 11 Mar. Crowd numbers were down on what they'd hoped for apparently. Not our fault, and certainly not our fan's fault! We always had fantastic crowds! Oh well...life goes on. Album sales keep ticking over, and airplay is on the rise too, courtesy of Port Stephens FM, and AMRAP, who sent a bunch of our CDs nationwide to their network of community radio stations. Lookin' forward to spreading the word!!
Things are going from strength to strength following the album launch. The Exchange Hotel has picked up the slack after the demise of the Sunday afternoon blues gigs at The Premier, and we had the privilege of playing for the second of the 'Blues On Beaumont' spotlight sessions last Sunday (27th Oct). The result was a very appreciative crowd, happy publican, and some fantastic press. Can't wait to play there again on 27th Nov, followed by a return to our 'home ground', The Orana, for a Christmas bash on 3rd Dec that should be massive!!! Catchya there. ;)
About the album launch gig that is! The gods of rock were looking after us big time! A great stage/lights/PA setup, great sound dude & a great crowd all combined to bring out our best performance ever! What a night! Check out some of the photos on our FB page, and keep checking back here for some more. Great to see The Orana not only breathing life back into a room with so much history, but doing it without compromise, and supporting local bands along the way. Seriously looking forward to our return performance there on 3rd Dec. Might even record a few live tracks there for the next CD ;) Peace out pussycats...
Album launch gig? Check...Plenty of cds for sale at launch gig? Check...Big crowd expected for gig? Check...T-shirts? Check...Pen for signing cds for thousands of adoring fans? Check...Well then, I guess there's nothing left to do but count the days down until the 8th of October. Can't wait! Note to self: DON'T BE LATE!!!
Album's in the home stretch now. Audio and artwork masters are in production, and should be in our hot little hands by 1st Oct - ready just in time for our album launch gig at the Orana on the 8th Oct - can't wait! Should also be available in iTunes by the 8th as well.
And not just the weather. Tunes for the new album are finally sorted. Now it's just a matter of getting the artwork and masters off to production. Feels good to know it'll be out on the streets in about a month or so. Really happy with it, and looking forward to seeing it in the flesh. Also feels good to get back to what we do best - playin' live! Played a private gig to a small but VERY enthusiastic crowd last Sat (27 Aug) to blow out the hibernation cobwebs. Had a blast, and really looking forward to the Orana and Kincumber gigs - the first of many more for the season...Stay tuned!!
Been pretty quiet on the gig front lately - starting to forget what it's like to play live! Still, most local bands seem to be going through the same sort of thing - just seems to be a Newcastle winter thing. The spare time has helped get things on track for the album release, however, with only a few tracks to finish before mixing/mastering. Lack of money and other logistical problems meant the recording process was long and tedious, but the result should be worth it! Hoping to have copies available in time to sell (at gigs only at this stage) once the live scene picks up again in spring/summer. In the meantime, we're working on a few new covers, just to keep things fresh. Rest assured, you won't be disappointed!!
Peace out, cats...