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meow to be released summer 2022. Album artwork by Carrie-Ann Yeti Mohr

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Short Bio

 

Comfort Cat is an NYC-based singer songwriter, backed by Jason Laney on Keys and Dan Veksler on bass/guitar. She has received two grants from Staten Island Arts for recorded music, and is supported by a Patreon community. She is also a teaching artist and violin instructor in Greater NYC. Their latest singles are “Seashells” and “The Slow Blink,” from their upcoming album, meow, to be released summer 2022.

Band Members

  • Comfort Cat – Lead Vocals, Ukulele, Violin
  • Jason Laney – Keys, Backing Vocals, Percussion
  • Dan Veksler – Bass, Guitar

Previous Releases

Consumption (2021)

Album artwork for Consumption
Artwork by Ilya Popenko
Logo designed by Renaps Parisi

Long Bio

Staten Island-based singer-songwriter Comfort Cat writes music to comfort toxic people. Whereas other songwriters sing about self-improvement, Comfort Cat has decidedly nothing to improve.

Comfort Cat’s music comes from a person trying to reclaim their sanity afters years of being conditioned to not trust themselves.

Growing up, she was called “evil” and “psycho” and “a downer” on a regular basis by adults and peers alike. Her loved ones ridiculed her for feeling hurt about the name-calling. People blacked out her face in photographs because of her supposed demonic resemblance. Her mother told her she had Satan’s eyes on numerous occasions. Her father said that “THE PATH” (to spiritual enlightenment) just “wasn’t right” for her. No one understood what was wrong with saying any of those things and “CC” has learned enough to know that they never will.
 

Comfort Cat was not an agreeable or well-adjusted child. As a result, it was hard for people to sympathize with or believe her. She felt isolated for many years. But at least there was music.

All of Comfort Cat’s songs are a result of embracing her inner evil. She is done trying to change. She throws up her hands and says, “Yes. I am evil. I have no desire to stop AND NOW EVERYONE HAS TO HEAR ABOUT IT.” Music is her preferred avenue of communication, because it is the only way she has ever felt listened to. You can’t argue with a song. You can’t yell at a song. You could try, but the song has no feelings to hurt, while simultaneously being a luxury vessel for them. If you get up and go to the bathroom while a song is playing, the song will not feel interrupted. It won’t lose its train of thought. It will be there when you need it.

If you’ve ever felt like there’s nowhere safe to exist, you might like Comfort Cat’s music. If you’ve ever felt thoroughly inappropriate. Burned so many bridges you barely blink. If you’ve ever related to true crime villains, who “chose evil” in spite of their perfectly reasonable upbringing. If you have experienced madness, and can recognize it in others with compassion and humor, Comfort Cat is proud of you. You are valuable, and you give actual substance to “You are not alone,” an otherwise mindless reflex of the 21st century mouth.

Comfort Cat created her name around 2014, when she grew tired of correcting people on how to pronounce and/or spell her legal name. As a songwriter, Comfort Cat primarily performs with a guitarlele, a six-stringed instrument with the same intervals as a guitar but tuned up by a perfect fourth. 

Comfort Cat has a unique voice, which can drastically change within the same song. It has been compared to Karen O, PJ Harvey, Björk, Kate Bush, Janis Joplin, Tiny Tim, and others. It has also been described as genderless, neither female nor male, but simply human – a statement that CC took to heart, and influenced its lack of pronoun preference.

Comfort Cat’s present lineup consists of Comfort Cat as frontperson, Jason Laney on keys, and Dan Veksler on bass/guitar. She’s known Jason since 2011 and Dan since about 2018. In between, she adopted a little gray cat named Jack in 2017, an occasional guest vocalist and official muse of the band.

Comfort Cat’s prior members continue to be friends with the band, including jenno snyder and Thomas Bones. Comfort Cat has also collaborated with electronic musician Caleb Lowrey on the track, The N.P.C.

Comfort Cat works in the Greater NYC area as a teaching artist and violin instructor. Though her creative persona may seem dramatic, her demeanor is rather personable – sometimes even professional. Public schoolchildren must formally address her as “Miz Tami” as she teaches them about things like quarter notes and half-steps. Her hobbies include falling asleep at the beach and wearing the same pair of pants for 6 months in a row.

Shows & Accomplishments

In 2020, Comfort Cat was awarded a $3,000 DCA Premier Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, to fund their album, Consumption. They have also been awarded a 2021 $5,000 Arts Fund Grant from SI Arts for their upcoming album, meow, to be released in summer of 2022.

NYC venues: The Bitter End (2019), Connolly’s (July 2019), The Well (April 2019), Legion Bar (March 2018), The Tiny Cupboard (October 2019) Otto’s Shrunken Head (December 2018), Little Skips (May 2019), Niagara (August 2018)

Staten Island venues: O’Henry’s Public House, The CANVAS Institute (February 2020), Every Thing Goes Book Cafe (January 2020), Mother Pug’s Saloon (July 2019), Amendment 18 (May 2019), Art on the Terrace (May 2018), Hub 17 (July 2018), Craft House (June 2018).

Comfort Cat & Friends has also featured at the 2019 Kingston Antifolk Festival on 9/21/19. 

Press Quotes

The Staten Island-based experimental catcore catpop artist Comfort Cat has been writing music, playing strings, and belting out tunes in bars for over seven years... . Comfort Cat’s sumptuous but demon-soaked harmonies are often punctuated by wild shrieks of feral discontent: music that simultaneously abrades and soothes the soul, like the territorial roar of any domesticated predator establishing space.
“She accompanies herself with what she calls a guitarlele (or a six-string tenor ukulele), and a small string ensemble. But even with this small ensemble, she really plays with the volume. She goes between almost whispering to belting out in frustration with her magnificent voice. She sings with such flexibility and heartfeltness, it seems as if her voice rises from endless depths to land like a dust particle in our eye that we wipe away (i.e it’s molto MOLTO espressivo).”