Cat Hoch, A Great Portland Band
Along with an exploding restaurant scene, Portland, Oregon has long been a place that produces great bands. At one point, I was even part of the “Portland band scene,” getting to witness and play with some great ensembles. Yet now I am happily married and the father of two great little kids. Thus, I just don’t make the scene quite like I used to. That said, my love for live and recorded music, especially those from good ol’ P-town, has anything but waned. Stumbling across Portland’s Cat Hoch brings more power to this last point. Like some kind of technicolor, pop-laced dream…the swirling psych travels of Cat Hoch made we want to dust off my G&L, attach my homemade pedal board and mix-up a blend of space-style effects. Of course, the awesome concoction that is Cat Hoch dramatically transcends what I can do. So, I AM going to find a “free night” to go check out this foursome. Kind of a “catch them before they’re too big,” kind of thing. More immediately I’ll relish in the recordings this rising band has made.
I first became aware of Cat Hoch while reading through Willamette Week’s August 12 article anointing Portland’s top 10 new bands of 2016. Upon reading the online article, I came across the below featured track…and I was summarily floored. While the opening is cool and immediately hooky, when Kat’s voice enters the fray, wow, it’s like some kind of 60’s-inspired infusion that walks a balance between Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit and so many things more modern edge (Memoryhouse, Braids and more). It’s truly great. Check it yourself here:
Video Courtesy: Cat Hoch