COMING UP: The Cat Empire is an Australian ska and jazz band formed in 1999 coming to Bluesfest 2016.
COMING UP: The Cat Empire is an Australian ska and jazz band formed in 1999 coming to Bluesfest 2016. Contributed

Cat Empire sings about the terror attacks in Paris

"DON'T talk to me of sorrow, don't talk to me of shame, or call it by another name. Nothing but the sun can black out what's been done, torn away when the evening comes."

These are the first English words of Bataclan, a new song due to be released Friday March 4, along with the rest of the Cat Empire's new album - Rising With the Sun.

Well known as the site of a terror attack in Paris, Le Bataclan is a theatre that Cat Empire frontman Felix Riebl is very familiar with, having played there a number of times. The events of Friday November 13, which left around 89 people at Le Bataclan dead, profoundly affected him; so much so that he wrote this song which begins mournfully in French.

"J'avais, j'avais, j'avais, toujour, d'amore pour toi." The lyrics loosely translate to "I had, I had, I had, always, some love for you", before it quickly ramps up with the kinds of percussion and horns more commonly associated with the Cat Empire, bounding into the lyrics: "Bataclan va lutter," or "Bataclan going to fight/resist".

Felix says his French isn't that good and is very quick to add that it is not as it may sound - a call to arms - but quite the opposite.

"We said it years ago with our early songs…music is the language of us all," said Felix. "Our weapons are our instruments."

Rising With the Sun is dance worthy resistance at its most uplifting and The Cat Empire will spread the Mojo when they take to the stage at Bluesfest on March 27, performing just one day after the band who were performing at Le Bataclan at the time of the terror attack - The Eagles of Death Metal.

Do The Cat Empire plan on performing with The Eagles of Death Metal?

"We'll be sending them the song, for sure," said Felix, although no definite plans are in place yet.

Mojo

The Cat Enpire will be performing songs from their latest album at Bluesfest's Mojo Stage on Sunday, March 27, from 6.45pm.



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