Cat Scientist, Lick Lick, Three Fantastic

These ‘80s-infused Austinites are the cat’s pajamas

Cat Scientist creates the type of quirky, clever techno-pop only an indie fan could love. The Austin quintet entertains with sounds that could be likened to ‘80s left-of-the dial outfits like They Might Be Giants or Kraftwerk and well--harmonized, male/female vocals that mirror recent groups like Mosquitos. Songs such as “Precipice” exemplify the group’s mastery of fast-paced, synchronized delivery over disco-infused synth-rock. At about a hundred syllables a minute, the band members sing about hanging out on Sixth Street; instrumentals provide their lungs a rest before they jump into the next verse or split up into a multilayered, melodic chorus. Cat Scientist is quickly gaining on the likes of Austin favorites Pong, who they accompanied here just a couple months ago. Today Cat Scientist will provide the calmer moments in between the hard-rockin’ yet toe-tappin’ Devo-meets-metal sounds of fellow Austinites Lick Lick and the herky-jerky rock and roll of Houston’s Three Fantastic, who start things off at 9 p.m. Rudyard’s, 2010 Waugh. For in-formation, call 713-521-0521 or visit www.rudyards.com. $8.
Sat., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., 2007

 
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