Oxford band Catgod – sibling duo Robin Christensen-Marriott and Catherine Marriott – presents their rather intense new single ‘Keep My Promises’, out on 22nd May.
Hi Catgod! What’s your new single ‘Keep My Promises’ all about?
It’s a conversation between two friends. The first person tries to convince the other to tell them their secret. I guess they want to help and know. The second person is quite cagey and would rather tell their mum… It’s partly inspired by the saying ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’.
You’ve been compared to the likes of John Martyn and Low, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
We do love JM – I’m always going back to listen to Bless The Weather, Solid Air, One World etc. Also darker stuff like Portishead and Massive Attack.
What’s the music scene like in Oxford at the moment? Do you go to see lots of live music?
It’s great. We go out to see gigs once or twice a week. The local scene has such a lovely community feel – everyone knows everyone and goes to each other’s gigs. We’ve also got lots of touring bands coming in now with a new promoter called Future Perfect which is fab. Shout out to Lucy Leave, Self Help, Zaia and Death of the Maiden!
If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
Cant’t wait to share our new EP on June 22nd. We have lots more tunes in the pipe line!
Any gigs coming up?
Ronnie Scott’s Tues 5th June, Oxford EP launch Sat 23rd June (FREE), Cornbury Festival, Notting Hill Arts Club, Weds 18th July.