This weekend (Saturday, 24 March 2018 to be precise) Cait returns to the place where she played her first full band show ever: David Bash's evergreen pandemonium power pop shadow show, IPO Phoenix. From her early appearances backed by Zen Lunatics to LA shows backed by luminaries like Chris Price and Fernando Perdomo, Cait's IPO appearances are always something special. This year expect old favourites, left-field covers, and sneak peaks at songs from The Breakdown (coming later this year!) Ed Masley at azcentral.com has a preview and some generous words of praise for Miss Brennan and her 2017 album Third.
"Cait Brennan’s 2017 record, Third, is a complex treasure trove of delights for the ear, psyche, and soul," writes Phoenix News Times' Tom Reardon. "From the opening verse of “Bad at Apologies” where Brennan says, “I’m the asshole who stole your boyfriend,” to the last notes of the heartachingly beautiful “Goodbye Miss America,” Third resonates with a perfect combination of charm, angst, and rock ’n’ roll swagger..." Read more on Cait and other 2017 music highlights here.
Kendrick, Lorde, SZA, Taylor Swift, Tyler The Creator, Harry Styles and....Cait Brennan?! Impossible yet true: the fine folks at Pause and Play ranked Cait's album Third#6 on their Top 10 of 2017, joining Stephen Thomas Erlewine and Popdose who have already included it on their year-end list. It's been a tough year for all of us and the recognition of our humble Memphis-made record means a lot to all of us who've helped make it happen, especially alongside such great records and heavy-hitter artists. Thank you Gerry and Pause and Play -- read the full list here!
Popdose's Keith Creighton praised Cait's album Third as a must-own and a "returning champion" of 2017! "We first met and interviewed her at the start of a whirlwind year that began with the release of her decades in the making power pop epic, Debutante; continued with her meeting Sire Records legend Seymour Stein who signed her to a 4-track demo deal; and ended with her signing to the perfect label to realize her vision: Omnivore," Creighton writes. "The album has been praised from coast to coast and around the world by a snowballing and quite rabid fanbase..." Read the rest of the list here (including Dua Lipa, the Mynabirds and Third co-producer and longtime musical co-conspirator Fernando Perdomo!)
The good folks at YabYum Music and Arts have brought us tons of great reviews, music, and live performances in recent years, and Cait was thrilled to join them for a scrappy acoustic live performance of "Bad At Apologies," a standout track from her album Third, live at The Listening Room. Click on through for the video and a feisty Q&A! Thanks to Carly and everyone at YabYum for inviting us!
As our amazing, maddening, joyous, heartbreaking 2017 draws to a close, we're revisiting some of the staggeringly great reviews and press Third received throughout the year. POPDOSE writer Keith Creighton, one of the first to champion Cait's debut record Debutante, knows her journey and her music better than almost anyone, and this funny, revealing interview proves it. Read it at POPDOSE and find out where the bodies are buried, how she chucked a perfectly good record to make Third, and what (if anything) Cait's Cumberbatch fetish is all about
The late bloomer strikes again! Cait's album Third just cracked the top 40 on Amazon's Alternative Rock sales charts. While these charts fluctuate a lot, it's a very exciting development, and we're grateful for the tremendous support. The album is on sale at Amazon for just five bucks through November, so you can help keep it going--and cast a $5 vote of support for more Cait Brennan albums in the future--by getting the album here: https://www.amazon.com/Third-Cait-Brennan/dp/B06Y4J4GGT/
This Saturday, October 28, Cait joins Brian Smith's Spent Saints roadshow at the legendary Rainbow Bar and Grill on the fabulous Sunset Strip, on a once in a lifetime lineup with Brian, the mighty Miss Pamela Des Barres, and Frankie + The Studs. Readings from Brian and Pamela, music from Cait and Frankie, and the world premiere of new films from the book (some featuring Cait's songs!) Did we mention not to miss it? Yeah, that. Visit spentsaints.com for more on the book, the films, the music and the tour.
"One of soul music's great gifts is its power to express suffering and yet somehow simultaneously alleviate it, both for the singer and the listener. I think of that a lot when I hear Jackie Shane sing," Cait tells Vice's Sam Reidel. Pioneering trans soul singer Jackie Shane graced us with a handful of amazing recordings before stepping out of the spotlight in 1971. A brilliant new Numero Group box set collects those sides and finally gives Jackie a chance to tell her own story. Cait and trans musician Mel Stone talk to Sam Reidel about Jackie Shane here.