Wed, 19.12.2007
Doors Open: 21:00
Long Beach Club presents JAYA THE CAT (US/NL) + Nowise Nice (A)
Price: AK 12€ VVK 10€
presented by Sublime Friends

... sounds like Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, La Vela Puerca, Long Beach Dub Allstars, Jaya the Cat, Sublime, etc.

... immer mit aktuellen Surf-, Skate- und
Snowboard-DVDs on bigscreen.

These alley-cats from Boston (U.S.), now based in Amsterdam (NL), have a career that is as distinctive as is their musical style. They have been strikingly described as Bostons answer to Joe Strummers call to arms, playing an integrated combination of dub, ska, rock steady guitars, the odd touch of metal, and a resultant sound best described as punk reggae (Sublime, The Clash). Lyrically, the band hits home with songs concerning the issues of day to day living combined with outright critique on politics. In a nutshell: Jaya The Cat embody the integrity, passion, and attitude that define punk rock and reggae.

Jaya's career has run an unusual course since the band's formation in the mid 1990s in Massachusetts. They started out playing at keg-parties and local clubs for short money and beer, then moved out to California in 1997 to check out the west coast music scene. Alas, the the high rents and lack of housing avalible in San Francisco in the late 90's turned out to be more than the band was prepared to deal with, and Jaya was put on indefinite hold.

In the spring of 2000, Geoff Lagadec and Dave Smith scraped up some cash, booked a weekend at the Slaughterhouse Studios, put together a rhythm section and ended up cutting 10 tracks under the guidance of producer Mark Allen Miller. A short time later, and back in Boston, the Cats hooked up with Gold Circle Records (who signed the band without ever having seen them). Joined by Ben Murphy on bass and ex-Shadows Fall drummer David "the Germ" Germain, the release of their debut album Basement Style was a fact, and tracks like Are You With Me hit main radio stations across the US like K-Rock and WFNX - Boston.
In support of the release Jaya went on to tour successfully through the United States. Noteworthy are their gigs at the Mighty Mighty Bosstones infamous Hometown Throwdown and a leg of the renowned Vans Warped Tour between July and September 2001. The summer of 2002 saw them in Europe performing at major festivals like Pukkelpop and Lowlands, followed by a extensive club tour that fall.


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