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Track Review: Whoopie Cat ‘Dissolution’

These Australian cats burrow into bluesy rock, but could go farther on this new song.

Kevin Ashley

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Cover of Whoopie Cat’s ‘Illusion of Choice’

Whoopie Cat is a rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Their members consist of Dan Smoo (vocalist/rhythm guitar), Jesse Juzwin (lead guitar/backup vocals), Josh Brandon (bass guitar/backup vocals), Jaksen Juzwin (drums), and Jo Eileen (keys/vocals). Whoopie Cat has two recordings out, the self-titled 2016 EP Whoopie Cat, and a 2018 full-length album Illusion of Choice.

The quintet’s music has been described as having “hook laden heavy blues, sensual soul-crusted croons and feral melodies with deeply penetrating lyrics.”

Whoopie Cat’s track “Dissolution” — from their debut Illusion of Choice, is full-on garage rock, with a stoner-esque blues tinge. Vocalist Smoo reminds me a lot of Alex Maas, vocalist of The Black Angels (psychedelic garage rock), with the same vocal inflections and singing style.

The song starts off with a fairly simple bluesy riff,  then transitions to a second one, and around a minute in, “Dissolution” turns purely acoustic. There’s a ‘60s sounding organ in the background, adding a psychedelic texture. There’s also some progressive flairs near the middle of the song, as well as a synth/organ solo and guitar solo.

Afterward, a slower version of the first riff plays, with the gang vocals adding a soul-esque texture. The song fades out with an extended guitar solo and the gang vocals, accompanied only by the organ.

A good track from this Australian outfit, but one that could be even better with some more overtly psychedelic touches.

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Kevin is a senior at Central Washington University majoring in Professional and Creative Writing. He currently lives in Silverdale, Washington, where he explores new food and drink, goes to concerts, and works on personal projects.

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