New album from The Cat Empire to be released on 11 March ... pre-order now

It has been rumoured for a few months, but The Cat Empire can finally reveal their new album (the band’s sixth studio release) will be available on the 11 March 2016, with pre-orders now available.

Rising with the Sun was recorded over the course of 2015, in between touring commitments which saw them play to a global audience of over half a million people, including headlining some of the worlds biggest festivals, and a sold-out show at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Rising with the Sun was recorded in their home town of Melbourne, with sought-after producer and long-time friend Jan Skubiszewski.

“We kept everything fresh,” frontman Felix Riebl said.

“We were confident because we had a sound from our previous record (2013’s Steal the Light) that we were really happy with, so that was our starting point … it was just a matter of going back to that physical space and coming up with new songs.”

“The spontaneous side of our music is the thing people are drawn to,” added co-frontman Harry James Angus.

“We started each day with all the musicians finding their seat, and we’d get a sound and play. Something would sound good and we’d develop a song out of it. Me and Felix both brought ideas we'd already developed to the table but they were able to be borne out in the band in a very spontaneous way.”

With two songs already released, including Que Sera Ahora, which the band have been performing as part of their set throughout Europe, and the Triple J/Double J favourite Wolves, fans have already had a glimpse at The Cat Empire’s new sound.

The new material on Rising with the Sun feels explosive and custom-built for festivals. Felix makes no secret about what the intention is for these songs.

“You can play it on a big stage. The choruses are ones people can sing. The rhythms really work,” he said.

It’s no surprise then that the band have already started announcing tour dates for 2016, including appearances at Womad, Blues Fest, and a run of outdoor shows in WA, with a national Australian tour expected to be announced early in the New Year.

*Based on information supplied by The Cat Empire.


Thursday 4 March — Fremantle Arts Centre, WA

Friday 5 March — 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA

Saturday 6 March — Castelli Estate, Denmark, WA

Friday 11 March — Womadelaide, SA

Sunday 27 March — Blues Fest, Byron Bay, NSW

To watch video of Wolves, click link below: