Where to start with this band? I’m not sure if the duo of Wondercat is doing what they know best or what we know worst, but their music, lyrics and vocals are certified to kick you right in the center of the chest and have you asking why. Why they exist, or why you bothered to listen! But that in itself is an achievement, ninety percent of popular music runs into one of our ears and straight out of another, without any of us even wondering why. The fact is Wondercat is one of those bands that are around not for the masses, but for the small group of people that GET them!
Do you live on the mystical Island of Wondera? Are you a mystical kitty who refuses to settle for Dad’s brand cat food? If not, how on heaven’s earth could you even expect to comprehend what’s going on in “Kitty Purry: Escape From Maniac Mountain”, the 5-track EP by Wondercat, that includes essential songs such as “Cumfucker” and “Pussy Blood, Pussy Tape, Hippie Love”. Considering that their previous Ep contained the song titles “Dick Cutter”, “Herpes Monster” and “Pussy Burner”, we can clearly ascertain that Wondercat have further moved up a notch and are not afraid to push the boundaries even further.
In a quest to always find new music at whatever cost, you’re bound, sooner or later to come across a musical due such as Wondercat. The band consists of two masked members: a guy and a girl from Queens, New York – Meow Ghost and Catsy Cline who consider themselves as being rebellious kitties. . You’ll find it hard to put a specific finger on what type of music they make, but you could consider it somewhere between alternative, lo-fi punk-rock. Very alternative. Every so often, a musician attempts a thematic opus. This is mostly at the risk of being labeled as pompous or arrogant by critics. It’s easier for musicians thinking of this sort of thing to avoid the derision. Wondercat know that detached irony is way cooler than wearing your heart on your sleeve, and they are brave enough to take a chance that most musicians will never take.
In an era where many people have the attention spans of newts, Wondercat releases an EP where the listener is required to apply thought and effort to really understand it and feel it. It’s really garage-y, lo fi, and remarkably weird. If it doesn’t make you meow, if it doesn’t get stuck in your head and finally if it doesn’t make you spend the rest of your nine lives hunting down the rest of their strange releases, well then unfortunately this style of music just isn’t your thing. It isn’t polished, it isn’t refined and preened. It’s a lust for the absurd with a dark tinge, sheer gruff bravado, and the type of left-field music many strive to make, yet miss by miles. “Animal” is probably the track that most resembles anything melodically conventional and vaguely suited to mainstream ears…if it wasn’t for the bursts of distorted guitar firmly placed to throw any imposters off.
Overall, I would say be wary, this EP is not for everyone. In fact, I’d hazard a guess that most people would really dislike “Kitty Purry: Escape From Maniac Mountain”. I also don’t think giving this EP a once-or-twice-over at a friend’s house would be necessarily beneficial. Borrow it from someone for a while if you really want a first impression, but it takes a few listens to get used to the differences between this and everything else conventional out there. If you’re willing to take a chance, go for it, buy this EP and don’t give up on it until you’re thoroughly convinced it’s either fantastic or terrible!