Curious Faces

by Like Herding Cats

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Like Herding Cats - words usually used to describe a manic scene where no one can get their shit together for the greater good. Not the case here.

LHC's new EP, "Curious Faces", is a tight set of songs by 4 guys definitely in it as a unit, which makes sense, as this marks the first time Like Herding Cats has recorded as a band versus a one-man Dom P. project. The band line-up includes; Kevin McAdams (Elefant) on drums, Tim Jansen (The Hourly Radio) on bass, Sebouh Gemdjian on guitar and Dom P. on lead vocals/guitar.

On the first listen, it's nearly impossible to not feel your head bobbing along - the drums start you off there, hitting just right; the moody bass line is perfectly apparent and just the right foil to the brighter, bouncier guitar; and the vocals--an extremely satisfying throwback to all the bands I was obsessed with when I first really started obsessing over music. And was re-obsessed with in the early 2000's. Yes, please - more now.

Opener "Affliction" longs to be packed into a dark club, nodding along shoulder to shoulder with the crowd, joining in to sing [at various bravery volumes] "mercy upon my soul!" This and "To See The Morning Sun" are the higher energy tracks - and the closest this writer can come to wanting to dance (within reason).

The slower songs suck you in both thanks to Dom P.'s pensive, relatable lyrics, and music that hits this new wave/indie rock sweet spot. The last track in particular, "It Falls Apart" could be played behind the realization scene of any too-clever-for-you teenage flick, and I mean that in the best way.

A solid teaser of 5 songs - I'm ready to catch the band live, ready for a full-length album!

-Stef Weiss - VintishNYC

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released July 13, 2018

Like Herding Cats:

Dom P. - Vocals, Guitars, Keys

Sebouh Gemdjian - Guitars

Kevin McAdams - Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals on Track 4

Tim Jansen - Bass, Keys on Track 5

All songs by Like Herding Cats

Produced by Mod Alien and Like Herding Cats

Recorded by Dom P. Track 2 drums recorded by Mod Alien.

Engineered and Mixed by Mod Alien

Mastered by Alan Douches

Art Direction by Dom P., Cassie Castellaw, Whitney Ludiker

Photography by Cassie Castellaw

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Like Herding Cats is a New Gaze (Shoe Wave) Chill Gaze band based in ubiquitous, Brooklyn, brandishing a reverence for late 80's/early 90's indie music. As a band, they have performed/shared bills with friends and fellow artists; Skylar Spence, Work Drugs, The Notions (ft. Evan Stanley), Heavenly Beat, For Esme, Hidden Hospitals, Blank Spaces, The Cold Seas, Deal Casino, and Saint Marilyn. ... more

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Track Name: Affliction
AFFLICTION

to walk, to crawl amongst the dead,
dreams not of life whats in your head

your eyes your skin the surface speaks
of troubled life whats in your head

I don’t want to be the one you loved the one they call in the night
when you lose your mind

I don’t want to be the one they talked about in the night she cries
and says Mercy, upon my soul

This burden I am on you she shouts out in the night she cries
and says Mercy, upon my soul

lend your hands feel my skin feel my blood its warmth and I’m still
alive… I’m still alive.

I don’t want to be the one you loved the one they call in the night
when you lose your mind (when you lose your mind)

I don’t want to be the one they talked about in the night she cries
and says Mercy, upon my soul

This burden I am on you she shouts out in the night she cries
and says Mercy, upon my soul
Track Name: Sacred Hearts
SACRED HEARTS

Sacred hearts... bleed even when... they appear to be… good & pure. We can’t control… What we say
The pain cuts through our frail hearts

In the night.. standing there... silently.. looking over me.. wondering
what it was… it was we said
It wasn’t you.. But my crazy head....

No I can’t be of any help to you
When you’re silent and playing dead
No I can’t be of any help to you
When you’re pushing me away

Sacred Hearts..Never walk alone.. Never break the pact…
Though sometimes lost
Love will never separate the ailing heart...
Finding our way back to the start....

BRIDGE//
What a shame..to walk our separate ways
With a story as old as ours
We said the words regretfully
Let’s turn back and work it out

In the night.. standing there... looking over me
With the knife… in your hands… contemplating life
Track Name: To See The Morning Sun
TO SEE THE MORNING SUN

The Curtains in flames but you wait anyway
Unsure what to do, unsure what to say

Stuck on the Top Floor, The fire below
Burns a hole through the night time radio

Escape the hell boy, what do you do
You know that it can happen to me or you now

It’s like a kiss underwater, a kiss underwater
like the one you give

The Curtains in flames but you wait anyway
Unsure what to do , unsure what to say

Stuck on the Top Floor, The fire below
Burns a hole through the night time radio

Escape the hell boy, what do you do
You know that it can happen to me or you now

It’s like a kiss underwater, a kiss underwater, like the
one you give

To leave a house on fire requires desire
to see the morning sun

It keeps on the run my friend
another burning home is all you get

It’s like a kiss underwater, a kiss underwater, like the
one you give
Track Name: Easter Song
EASTER SONG

Please...
Plug your screen into my spine
It’s not safe to stand and cry
Put your wires in my head
Don’t want to think.

see me here
I’ve been waiting all night
hammer nails, into my cross
when the leaves turn green.

cry…
plug your screen into my spine,
it’s not safe to run my mind
put your wires in my head
I come undone

see me here
I’ve been waiting all night
hammer nails, into my cross
as the leaves turn green.

see me here tonight
see me here tonight
Track Name: It Falls Apart
IT FALLS APART

Turning around, hoping to see the face, the voice,
that keeps on calling me
Spinning around, upside down, the room goes dark
I’m begging please don’t talk to me.

Back away, don’t hinder me from moving on,
there’s nothing left for us to say
It all falls apart

When I let you get inside of my head
I feel like I’m falling and crashing down
Heavy heads, when we sway, I feel it now, it’s coming on
when the sky turns grey

Back away, don’t hinder me from moving on,
there’s nothing left for us to say
It all falls apart

I’m begging you please don’t talk
I’m begging you please don’t talk
I’m begging you please don’t talk
I’m begging you don’t talk today

It goes dark and it keeps on
falling apart and I’m losing control
curious faces they look on
wondering what must be going on

Turning around, hoping to see the face, the voice,
that keeps on calling calling calling me

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