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 multiple boroughs of the Greater NYC area.
- Comfort Cat – Lead Vocals, Ukulele, Violin
- Jason Laney – Keys, Backing Vocals, Percussion
- Dan Veksler – Bass, Guitar
- Consumption (2021)
- spit (2019)
- sniff (2014)
Staten Island-based singer-songwriter Comfort Cat writes music to comfort toxic people. Whereas other songwriters sing about purging those that hold you back, Comfort Cat sides with the people that get left behind. If you have ever been “the problem,” you might relate to her songs.
Comfort Cat created her name around 2014, when she decided she was tired of being introduced on stage with her legal name, which frequently gets butchered. 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 frequently switches from gritty to clear within the same song. Her voice has been compared to Karen O, PJ Harvey, Björk, Kate Bush, Janis Joplin, Tiny Tim, and others. Her genre occasionally resembles folk, loosely bordering on musical theater. She has been also been described as anti-folk.
Prior to their current lineup, Comfort Cat has had prior members, who 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.
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: 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.