Five Things: Gypsy & The Cat
Wed 24th Oct, 2012 in Features
From Spacemen 3 to vinyl and a Roland Space Echo pedal, XAVIER BACASH from Gypsy and The Cat talks us through the five “things” that inspire him. The band’s second album The Late Blue is out now.
After being on tour for extended periods of time overseas – meeting and greeting the unfamiliar and making friends with petrol station attendants – it’s always nice coming home. I live in Kilmore, just north of Melbourne, which is particularly peaceful. And it’s littered with great views of the countryside. Of course seeing friends and family comes hand in hand.
I don’t know what it is, but I am totally obsessed with this band. Maybe it’s the fact that they made 14-minute songs that hardly budged from one chord progression, or their youthfully irreverent lyrics. Either way, I don’t listen to many bands but I latch onto a couple and milk them to death. This band along with The Zombies would be two of a few.
This has become more of an addiction than a favourite thing, but I imagine most of the money I make goes to buying vinyl. Not really, but a lot of it. There is something in the width you get while listening to a song on vinyl as opposed to CD. It’s strangely as if someone has put 3D ear muffs on you and you’re suddenly skating the wax yourself, hearing parts and frequencies in a song you’d listened to a million times before but never otherwise noticed. They also look cool when people come over.
My Roland Space Echo
It was becoming evident to me that our sound needed to change towards the end of our first album cycle. I began investigating tape recording apparatus and effects units that would, at any rate, give our recordings some lo-fi organic appeal. I bought an old bruised and battered Roland Space Echo unit that was 30 years young. Quite literally every part recorded on the new album was recorded through or effected by the space echo and then later phased. It proved to be an interesting recording technique and one that we will continue to experiment with into the future.
That feeling when something new is happening and you know that it is in fact, happening.
Gypsy and The Cat’s second album ‘The Late Blue’ is out now. Listen to it in full here.
FasterLouder presents Gypsy and the Cat tour:
Friday, October 26- The Palace Theatre, Melbourne
Thursday, November 1 – HQ, Adelaide
Friday, November 2 – Capitol, Perth
Thursday, November 8- Metro Theatre, Sydney
Friday, November 10 – Hi-Fi, Brisbane
Future Music Festival 2013 dates:
Saturday, March 2 – Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane
Sunday, March 3 – Arena Joondalup, Perth
Saturday, March 9 – Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Sunday, March 10 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Monday, March 11 – Bonython Park, Adelaide