Bite The Killer Cat are a four piece band that formed in early 2011 in Athlone.
Three of the four (Benny, Cheech and Kyle) are from Athlone and Tom originates from Galway!
After toying around with a lot of different band names we eventually settled on the name Bite The Killer Cat. The way we ended up on this name is we took the first initial of our Names/Nicknames and came up with a random phrase! Once this one was said out loud it stuck! Although, Cheech has rumoured that the name came from a cat his family had when he was a child. He got up one morning and had a bowl of cornflakes only to go outside and see that his cat, named Bite, had killed a local dog… his pet was Bite the killer cat!
Benny plays Guitar and Piano and is also the main vocalist.
Tom plays Double Bass and Bass and is the backing vocalist.
Kyle plays drums and Cheech is the Lead guitarist.
Benny is from Athlone. He started to take an interest in music at an early age when he started taking Piano Lessons at the age of ten. He started to take an interest guitar and other musical instruments from watching his brother practice with his band at their home. He started to teach himself how to play guitar then by asking his brother and other guitarists he knew to show him how to play different chords. Eventually he was able to pick up how to play songs just by listening to them!
Tom is originally from Galway but now lives in Athlone. He comes from a family of musicians. He has played in a lot of bands over the years many of which have been Metal acts but Trad Irish music is also a big influence in his musical style.
Kyle is from Athlone. He’s lived there all his life. He started playing Drums at the age of 15 and is self taught. His biggest influences are Travis Barker, Danny Carey and Dave Grohl. Kyle was the drummer for a local band called ‘Critic Eyes’ for 5 years until the band went their separate ways in 2009
Eoin, Also known as Cheech, lives in Athlone but grew up in Moate. He has a degree in Sound Engineering. He has been playing guitar since the age 16 and over the years has focused more and more on lead guitar from listening to the Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam and Blind Melon.