Popular Australian ska and jazz band The Cat Empire will be playing at C.ex Coffs on Thursday night.
Popular Australian ska and jazz band The Cat Empire will be playing at C.ex Coffs on Thursday night. Contributed

Letting the Cat out of the bag

GOING on tour for the better part of 15 years, The Cat Empire's trumpet player and vocalist Harry Angus admits a lot of the shows can blend into one big memory.

Some gigs stand out though for Harry and as he and the band set off on their Rising With The Sun tour, he admits shows in Coffs Harbour tend to be memorable.

"Coffs is really fun," Harry said.

"I particularly remember the last show we did in Coffs, it just went off.

"It was awesome, it was great fun and it seems like people from the whole area around Coffs and out Bellingen way and all that come in to see us play so it's quite a mixed crowd as well."

The ska and jazz fused sounds of The Cat Empire will be rocking the C.ex Coffs tomorrow night but Harry warns audience members they might not get what they're expecting to see.

Harry said often things happen on stage that he admits he didn't even expect.

"We've always tried to keep, with varying degrees of success over the years, an element of spontaneity and kind of make room room for surprises or improvisation within the show," he said.

"That can be challenging because when you're touring as much as we do these days, night after night you're putting pressure on yourselves to come up with something spontaneous."

While the trumpet star admits audience members might not be a fan of on-stage improv such as a 10 minute keyboard solo "which is fair enough, I'm not too sure about them either" he said it's the music they produce on stage that keeps bringing the fans back.

"The challenge has always been to try and capture our live energy on our records and we've tried to do that in different ways but I feel like our last two records Steal The Night and Rising With The Sun we've probably done the best job of that," he said.