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Aurora

Aurora – The Cat’s Miaow

This is a quiet song, but for everything in me that wants it to be louder i know it could not be any more perfect and more powerful if it were.

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Aurora

Aurora – The Cat’s Miaow

The original version of “Aurora” first appeared on the “Weapons of happiness” cassette compilation which came with “The World of Suzie Wong” fanzine 1993. It also appeared on a couple of other releases before finally being compiled on the “A kiss and a cuddle” CD.
In March 1993 the Cat’s Miaow, using an assumed name, sent a cassette copy of “Aurora” to Summershine Records as a potential single. The song “Ferry no. 6” was included as a possible b-side. Summershine declined, saying they were too busy at the time to release a record by an unknown band called Hydroplane.

Some days i wish i could be like everyone else and copy-paste press releases or wikipedia pages and leave it at that, but there is this responsibility i’ve bound myself to be exactly not that, for better or worse. To be not boring, to offer opinion, something. But some days i just don’t know what to write. It’s a shame. I need to pay appropriate tribute to a perfect song. I need to.

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Third floor fire escape view – The Cat’s Miaow

Those Munch video compilations, even though most of it is just incidental super-8 footage set to sound, are such treasures.

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It might never happen – The Cat’s Miaow

Their best song. Some sweeping thing, yet as unhurried and pensive as anything could be. The chorus is what gets me. Just one line, one thought, one reassurance, Kerrie’s voice rising and carrying you through it all. It takes up such a small part of the chorus that there’s a few bars of her silence before it turns around and begins again. It’s beautiful. And the surprise trumpet at the end. The best song.

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Third floor fire escape view – The Cat’s Miaow

I can’t believe that the Cat’s Miaow were Australian. I mean it’s not like they played live here very often, nor did they seem to focus themselves for local ears, but one would expect at least some residue of their existence. But there is nothing! Literally nothing. I know it was some time ago, but the scant evidence remaining to suggest that this even happened is comparable to what evidences Greek mythology.

As if i could ever find the original tapes, i bought A Kiss And A Cuddle from a Swedish distro, indicative of their stature overseas compared to here. The Cat’s Miaow might be my favourite ever Australian band, but that means very little and seems almost spurious. They just happened to have at one time been a band who wrote and recorded songs in a bedroom in Australia.

Where did it all go? These bands – Australian bands – of the early 90’s. It might not (and probably was not) have been as perfect as it seems from here; not as established, burgeoning, etc. a scene. Something happened here. I’d like it to still be happening here. But therein lies an irony: If it were to happen again, it would have no connection to that back then. There would be no hint of succession, no trace of lineage between then and now, no scene held through and over. It would be a bunch of kids finding some distant bands through the internet and reproducing it on their own, divorced from the networks, roots and excitement that used to birth and stir these things. We always seem to look to an elsewhere, here. I could be that kid.

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