A B O U T
Haggard Cat have stormed onto the scene over the last 12 months and there seems to be absolutely no letting up from them. Combining enormous hooks, violently voracious beats and thoughtful lyrical themes all pummelled out live at head spinning volumes with unrivalled intensity. To witness Haggard Cat live is as immersive as it is devastatingly chaotic, which is something the band has managed to replicate perfectly on their debut full length album.
Challenger (released through Earache Records) is a 10 track warts-and-all crash course in everything rock and roll should be, receiving rave reviews across the board including Kerrang (4k), Metal Hammer (4/5) and Total Guitar (4/5). Haggard Cat have managed to showcase exactly how well they can craft great songs and contain them in a package that sounds so visceral and real that they could be in the same room as you. The two lead singles from the album the Patriot and American Graffiti have enjoyed national radio plays on BBC Radio One by Daniel P Carter and Huw Stevens as well as regional airplay from Dean Jackson on BBC Introducing. Their later single Bone Shaker was playlisted on Kerrang TV, Kerrang Radio and Planet Rock as well as being crowned “Track of the Week” by Phil Alexander at Mojo Magazine.
As excitement builds around the band, they have announced a mission statement to tour none-stop in their bid to play to absolutely everyone and anyone. So far their relentless touring schedule has seen them play as main support to Ugly Kid Joe, Band of Skulls, Jamie Lenman, DZ Deathrays, Feed The Rhino and Palm Reader as well as on a handful of their own expansive headline DIY tours. They have also racked up storming mainstage performances at 2000 Trees and ArcTanGent festivals as well as a rapturous appearance on the Earache Factory stage at Boomtown Festival.
In 2019 Haggard Cat are hellbent on channelling the momentum made throughout 2018 and they look to turn up the heat even more as they hint mysteriously at the arrival of new music. They kicked off the year with a triumphant headline slot at Rock City Beta for Beat the Streets in their hometown of Nottingham, they then announced a support slot with Pigsx7 and Part Chimp (which sold out nearly instantly). The band will also appear with Employed to Serve later in the year, as well as playing two enormous shows at Shepherds Bush Empire and Manchester Albert Hall in support of Elvana.
Graham Clews - ATC
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