Dirty. Sweaty. Fun. catl is a Toronto-based, super high energy, rhythm and blues trio who’s main motive is to get you movin’ and grindin’ on the dance floor.
Influenced by Mississippi Delta blues musicians such as Fred McDowell, Charlie Patton and Son House, catl.'s sound is pure floor-stomping juke-joint blues. They are "a trio steeped in blues tradition yet refreshingly idiosyncratic" (Vish Khan, Exclaim!, May 2012) creating an original blues sound that's been called everything from "dirt blues" to "swamp boogie" to "scuzz blues." Given their history of punk-influenced rock 'n' roll (catl in Pecola, Andrew Moszynski in the Deadly Snakes and Quest For Fire, and Sarah Kirkpatrick in Shitt Hottt), such descriptions come as no surprise.
For over three years catl. has packed the Dakota Tavern (Toronto) each month, with loyal fans lining up outside for the chance to wriggle and shake on the dance floor. From their humble beginnings as a house-party band, catl went on to win the 2009 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, paving the way for them to play other festivals such as the South Side Shuffle, the Kitchener Blues Fest and a prime spot on an outdoor main-stage at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2011. Catl has appeared on CBC Radio's "Q" as the first "Friday Live"guests of 2011 and been featured on the cover of NOW magazine.
Having opened for acts such as The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash, Andre Williams, The Sadies, and Detroit garage-rockers The Gories – catl still jump at the chance to play their stripped-down sound at house parties and parking lots, doing what they love most: having fun and making people dance.
In April of 2012, catl. released their 3rd full length record, "Soon this will all be gone" to critical acclaim.