Bubble Cats / Press

“I’m a big fan of Bubble Cats and their epic pop/gateway metal--think heavy Weezer, like if Rivers Cuomo hadn't phoned in the last five albums while getting restraining orders in Japan. These guys have the baddest guitar melodies and harmonies (guitarmonies) around.”

“Is your life lacking in the sonic sensations that can only be provided by a night of frenzied, unfiltered rawk? Mine too, my friends, mine too. Fortunate for us, the guys in Bubble Cats will be performing at Habesha Lounge this Friday night to provide us with an auditory fix. This four-piece act shreds through jagged riffs, heavy rhythms and crisp vocal shouts backed by an energy that embodies a punk rock spirit. Their three intertwined EPs (Hiss, Purr and Mews) showcase this energy through crisp production, but is no substitute for their live performance. Joining them will be the sludgy, blues-infused tunes created by recent Medford transplans 100 Watt Mind and Djupang. Show starts at 9pm with a 5 dollar cover, be there for a night of rock n’ roll in it’s purest form. Your ringing ears will thank you for the experience.”

“It is good to see such a hard working and genuine group of guys like the Bubble Cats finally getting some attention locally, and they’ve been working hard—it seem to be playing at least a show a week. They’ll be opening the night with tunes from their three-EP constellation Hiss, Mews, and Pur, which combines catchy pop elements with a soulful punk aesthetic. Songs like “Wallet” have a sardonic poeticism combined with heavy riffage, while “Birds of Prey” exhibit the band’s musical versatility with huge dynamic shifts that will have you licking yourself.”

“Bubble Cats mash classic rock and punk into spurts of high-octane exuberance. The trilogy of EPs they released earlier this year are chock-full of garage-pop tunes as delightful as their name suggests.”

“I had the chance to briefly chat with Joel Bocek before the Bubble Cats took the stage and was pleased to find that not only do they make great music, but also are a bunch of real cool down to earth fellas. Recorded, the Bubble Cats seem to have a rockabilly, almost surf sound floating in the back of many of their songs. Live that seemed to translate into a really gritty, gutter scraping, driving punk sound. It was amazing. The stage room was packed wall to wall, the music was loud and you could smell the “excitement”. Ok, I’m not sure what that smell was, there were a lot of people. There was no boring moment in their set, evidenced by the fact I had to pee for roughly half the set but didn't want to miss anything. Every song had the crowd getting into it, moving around, at a minimum mesmerized. The Bubble Cats sound great on record and you’d do well to pick up all three of their new releases Hiss, Mews, Purr.”

“Jordan Bocek’s bass playing is fat and smooth and carries every song like a carnival cruise in hyperspace. He keeps a steely gaze from the back of the stage towards his brother Joel, whose fretwork is as smooth as chem-trails across a blue sky. His lanky hair is drenched, glasses hanging on to the tip of his sweaty nose as his large frame swallows his guitar, note by blood thirsty note. He smiles constantly except when he realizes he’s smiling. All he knows is how to make the crowd groan with joy. Someone calls for the band to take off their pants. Anthony Doyle uses the cheesy cue to take off his shirt, never really stopping the beat. He is a true player, a skin thumper, not a masher. He and Jordan have their groove game on tonight. I try to get a little closer to Isabella when Tyler Riggs, songwriter and lead singer, rips into a crunchy solo. His sound is a little bit Crazy Horse, a little bit GnR, raising the band’s sound above the cream of Portland’s beer band scene.”

“BUBBLE CATS are not a joke band. Despite their adorable moniker, their Tumblr full of strange feline memes, and their upcoming release Catalogue—which consists of three separate EPs, Hiss, Mews, and Purr—the genre-bending Portland quartet is less concerned about the perception their artistic motif might give off, and more focused on their somewhat overlooked cache of up-tempo post-rock outbursts. The cohesion of the three EPs comes from how the band borrows from the hallowed tenets of classic rock, the whimsy of punk, and the ferocity of metal, and then slams them together to create oddly addictive melodic vignettes. The band assures that there is no thematic umbrella to the triptych, despite the cat-centric titles; still, there's a subtle evolution between each recording that tells the tale of the band's unwillingness to be mired in any one pigeonhole.”

“What do you get when you put heavy metal, punk, and some rockabilly into a demented, nocturnal clown car and crash it full speed into a brick wall? Something that might sound like the badass music Bubble Cats are pumping out. Bubble Cats are releasing three EPs entitled Hiss, Mews and Purr this Saturday at Troubadour Studios and all three are sure to rock your socks. These guys have somehow managed the difficult task of making music that has a catchy pop feel while still keeping a honest grinding rock edge with songs like “Solidarity” and one of my personal favorites “Birds of Prey”. One can only hope that very soon these fellas will find their way to mainstream radio and replace some of the soul-less riff-raff currently clogging much of the airwaves. Bubble Cats triple EP release of Hiss, Mews, and Purr this Saturday at Troubadour Studios. Bring your girlfriend and enjoy the mellow songs or go stag and tear it up, this show is perfect either way. Grab your girl and go, let the”

“Don’t let the name fool you, Bubble Cats is tough. Tyler Riggs, Anthony Doyle and brothers Jordon and Joel Bocek have been packing punches in the Portland music scene for about fifteen years. With blood-soaked riffs and inherently humanizing lyrics, Bubble Cats new three-piece EP “Hiss/Purr/Mew” will turn that scream inside your head to a catchy tune. Unapologetic, unassuming and laced with distortion- Bubble Cats is addicting. But be weary, headbanging is a hell of a drug. Garage-punk and metal influences are definitely prominent in all three pieces of the EP, but here at Rip City Review, we’re less concerned about where your influences come from and more concerned about where your influences take you. And Bubble Cats is going places. Badass places.”

“Before listening, I tried to theorize what the fuck a band named Bubble Cats will sounds like. Everything about those two words hints at twee-pop or, maybe, they're cashing in on the viral swarm of cat videos that currently propels internet culture. Lyrics references Maru. Pretty stoked that I was wrong. These guys have some solid live videos available online, as well as two well recorded tracks that document the proficiency of their musicianship. It's rock music in the view of Fugazi -- a hint of Violent Femmes here and there -- coupled with occasional interactions between the bassist and drummer that nod towards an accelerated style of dub. The vocalist spits lyrics with the conviction of Frank Black, channeling a dynamic intensity that sounds like he's about to give up the ghost at any moment. All in all, there's some good potential in the direction they're heading.”

Jonathan Magdaleno - Eleven Magazine

“Flying through fast shredding guitar riffs and screeching solos like four horsemen on amphets', Portland's Bubble Cats sure know how to shake it up in their outbursts of soulful garage punk. The distorted vocals, resembling in dramatic intensity Pixies' Black Francis' screams of despair, build upon a racing rhythm section a shambolic, and most electrifying style a la Reatards. It's alive, sounds like teenage fire, and if anything is certainly worth a trip down to the club to bang your head and break a sweat. Check out show listings on the right for more information on their upcoming gigs, as they'll be performing five shows in Portland over summer, kicking off at The Wilshire Tavern next Saturday! - Tracy Mamoun”

“Bubble Cats claim they’re a new band that haven’t really played together for very long, but you wouldn’t know it seeing them on stage. They must spend every waking minute practicing because they’re dub tinged rock was spot on and had the bar area packed.”