WORDS BY : MICHAEL WOODWORTH

It’s been a blur of an isolation. What first started out as a loose, yet stressful transition to a new normal has now turned to impatience and stir craziness; everyone stuck in the same day after day routine, biding time until society starts to safely reopen. In a world filled with uncertainty, Wild Cat Strike is using this new found time building momentum for their future. Having just released their EP Mustard Coloured Years as a follow up to their debut album “Rhubarb Nostalgia,” the four-piece from Brighton have shown they can take the pandemic head on and still create something beautiful. 

“To me it certainly feels like the end of an era; the Mustard Coloured Years lead way to having some Rhubarb Nostalgia,” shares frontman Danny Byrom. “We are all happy with the EP and glad we got to expand on the album.”

As we are all in a little collective of bands, musicians and engineers; it makes us want to do better for each other.

The alt-rock outfit teamed up with Small Pond Recordings again to bring a powerful record that teters on the balanced blend of post-rock and folk. This time around, however, the group had a deeper partnership with the Small Pond team. While working on “Rhubarb Nostalgia,” the band chose to save as much money as possible and to use the studio on down time when it was free, leading to long nights and start and stops.

The second time around, things were slightly different; they had more support from the studio which led to more accessibility to be able to add some things here and there or change some mixes around. 

“They certainly gave us a big push to release our debut album,” mentions Byrom. “This unleashed a new lease of life into the band; we had deadlines to meet and drive to fulfill them. They are also our friends and great guys to work with. As we are all in a little collective of bands, musicians and engineers; it makes us want to do better for each other.”

Instead of sitting back and seeing what comes of the immediate future, the band has already taken the next steps in their new era.

This allowed the EP to grow and bloom in an environment built for just that. It gave them a chance to have friends and labelmates to join in on the fun, and thus opening up the album even more. By pulling influences from mewithoutyou, Bright Eyes and Modest Mouse, Byrom was able to explore and harness creativity in a way that jump-started the band’s transition to a new era. 

“I always felt MCY was a code to RN,” says Byrom. “It dances around different styles in a similar manic way. We all enjoyed exploring different sounds and moods in the music with big highs and bigger lows. I do feel there is a theme that runs through both; and there are sonic changes in the music that help tell a bigger story.” 

All that hard work and support paid off too, from having the title track “Mustard” played on Radio One and Radio X as well as multiple blogs picking up singles. As a band that is looking to grow, this allows a wider audience reach, many of whom have never heard them before. To add, a music video for “Swamp” was just released to help promote the EP. 

Instead of sitting back and seeing what comes of the immediate future, the band has already taken the next steps in their new era. With a strong following and support in the scene, Wild Cat Strike are poised to make some big moves. Even though we are all confined to isolation, the lads haven’t missed a beat.

“We are starting on our next album, with a good chunk of it written. I’m very excited to put out another collection of songs,” says Byrom. “Due to the lock down, we had our U.K. and EU tours cancelled, which has been a pain. We plan to tour as much as possible as soon as we can. So, if you want us to play your town, then hit us up.”

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