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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

CATS IN SPACE
'Too Many Gods' Album Launch Plus Exclusive Video Interview

The Half Moon, Putney London
6th January 2016

Photos by Dave Craig

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One of the best and most certainly refreshing albums to be released at the tail end of last year was the debut offering from the wonderfully named Cats In Space with their 'Too Many Gods' album which has a sound totally inspired by the sparkling sounds of the seventies.

We're not just talking about the rocking sounds of Bowie, T-Rex and Thin Lizzy here but also completely unashamedly the delightful smooth tones of The Carpenters and ABBA, all of which are embedded into what makes Cats In Space stand out head and shoulders above every other band currently aiming for a retro sound from the golden age of rock n' roll from the seventies.

Cats In Space certainly have pedigree with a family tree that includes T'Pau, Ian Gillan, The Sweet, Robin Trower, Arena, Oliver Wakeman, as well as AORsters Airrace and Moritz.

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This was an album launch for 'Too Many Gods' and was also the debut performance from the band which attracted a large crowd waiting in excited anticipation which included Thunder's Danny Bowes, Tino Troy from Praying Mantis and Dave 'Bucket' Cowell formerly of Bad Company.

The one nagging doubt I had before this gig was whether the band could reproduce the polished sounds they had on vinyl onto the live stage. That was quickly answered as soon as Cats In Space made their arrival and zapped into the title track with clear clarity followed by the reflective 'Last Man Standing', a heartfelt song about the disappearing iconic music venues and shops from the London landscape.

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Paul Manzi makes for a great frontman with his high energy and curly locks not seen since the 'Hair Bear Bunch'. Founder Greg Hart and Dean Howard make for a great partnership peeling off the subtle riffs.

Andy Stewart has an imposing sound on the keys, the way that a keyboard should be heard and not hidden in the background. Bassist Jeff Brown proves he too has a great voice, as he takes the lead vocal for the grandiose epic 'The Greatest Story Never Told'.

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The album gets played in its entirety and there's not a dull moment throughout, even when Manzi declares before your very eyes that Andy Stewart is the grandson of the late comedian Arthur Askey, it is met with impressive hushed voices.

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'Mr Heartache' gets the biggest cheer popularised by its 19,000 views on YouTube. The honest and hopeful 'Unfinished Symphony' ends a tantalising set with a snippet of Scott Walker's 'No Regrets' thrown in for good measure.

And how could one argue with the perfect choices for the encores with covers of Slade's mega ballad 'How Does It Feel' and a blitzing version of Sweet's hardcore 'Burn On The Flame'

Cats In Space have landed. "Ay-Thang-Yaw".

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Set list:
Too Many Gods
Last Man Standing
Stop
Only In Vegas
Man In The Moon
Velvet Horizon
Schoolyard Fantasy
Mr Heartache
The Greatest Story Never Told
Five Minute Celebrity
Unfinished Symphony / No Regrets

How Does It Feel
Burn On The Flame

Before the show MetalTalk's Mark Taylor got to speak to guitarist Greg Hart and vocalist Paul Manzi about life in Cats In Space and the making of the album 'Too Many Gods':



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09.02.16




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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