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This project is made possible (in part) by a DCA Premier Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
About Comfort Cat & Friends
Comfort Cat & Friends is a New York City-based indie rock trio, fronted by lead songwriter, Comfort Cat, on the “guitarlele” (i.e. a six-stringed tenor ukulele), with Jason Laney on keys/percussion, and Dan Veksler on bass/guitar. One fan described their sound as “punk-by-way-of-the-divine,” which describes the relationship between fury and spiritual longing present in their songs.
Their influences include, but are not limited to, The Beatles, Tiny Tim, Brian Wilson, Bjork, Sleater-Kinney, early jazz ballads, and the songs of Alan Menken (particularly his Disney songs). There’s also a classical sensibility, which can be heard as the band swiftly moves between quiet and loud, encompasses a wide melodic range, and often ends with a hearty “baroque stop.” While pop genres are obviously present, Comfort Cat’s early training as a classical violinist and ensemble player has left an indelible mark on her songwriting and musical instincts.
Originally from the West Coast, Comfort Cat has lived in NYC for nearly 15 years, with two interludes studying music in the United Kingdom. She/it/they is a music teacher as well as a songwriter.
Comfort Cat writes music to comfort villains. In a world where so-called "toxic" people are thrown by the wayside, Comfort Cat sings for them because they are the loneliest people on earth.
As a songwriter, Comfort Cat seeks to illuminate threads of connection in the darkest psychic places. They despise virtue signalling, and refuse to tell people what to do or think. Avoiding generally accepted platitudes and "feel good" rhetoric, Comfort Cat focuses on small, specific moments of failure. They seek to describe direct emotional experiences as they feel in the present, and not how people try to make sense of them in therapy. After all, there is a time and a place for therapy--and it's called therapy.
Comfort Cat does not want to help you grow, learn, or become a better person. It just wants to commiserate, gleefully, joyfully, with zero perspective, zero compassion for those that wrong you, even less compassion for those you've wronged, and no room for nuance, until it dies no wiser, no smarter, no closer to any sort of Nirvana than it ever was before. Like an actual cat, Comfort Cat bestows favor upon people without regard for their psychopathic tendencies, harmful opinions, or bad taste. Also like an actual cat, Comfort Cat will change its mind without prior written notice and adheres to no moral code of man. You may not pet Comfort Cat.