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In Cat State at Pianos

by David Kelsey // April 27th, 2006
Events, New York City, Music

One of the many great pleasures of New York City is the accessibility of great live music, sometimes in unassuming places. Pianos, of course, is hardly unassuming. It is a hipster stronghold on the Lower East Side. But dont hold that against them. Named after the physics term, catstate, for when two opposing elements can exist on the same plane, this is a smart and serious band. More concentrated on practicing, perfecting, and recording their original finely crafted compositions, they only gig about once a month.

This one will be a treat, and signals an impressive rise during the past year since the bands public debut at Detour.

In Cat States music is disconcerting, but built largely on simple motifs. But it gets complicated entangled, almost menacing, though never harsh or dissonant because of how Michael Lawson (Guitars, Percussion, Programming) weaves, layers, and loops them together.

Shana Marmon, the other core member of the band (Vocals, Bass) adds a directly sultry component to the music. She used to be with the Motel Girls, and brings a more traditional alternative drive on top of Lawsons more atmospheric vibes.

Marmon attended an Orthodox Day School growing up, but evidently chose a divergent path, despite descending from a prestigious Lithuanian Jewish lineage.

Marmon repeatedly promises I will be your lady! on bleed, but it is apparently not quite that easy. Marmon continually protests the manner in which her partners treat her, but reveals precious few details on any actual misdeeds, though plenty about forthcoming policies of retribution from her disappointment and rage. One cant help but suspect that her consternation isnt a reaction to any specific thing the poor bastard did or didnt do, but stems from a general dissatisfaction that she holds only most of the keys to the relationship, not all of them, and that if he finally succumbs to the complete submission she demands, she will cease to be interested in him.

This is a night band, and their music takes you out to a less than well lit place, where within the crowd are a few you might refer to as friends when introducing them to someone, but you dont really know them that well. Most you dont know at all. But they seem to know the girl you started seeing who is supposed to be your date tonight. They seem to know her better than you do. She may have invited them, or they may just have known she would be there. You should probably retain your wits tonight. It is probably a good idea to stop with your second drink. But the drugs are already beginning to kick in.


- Jewschool


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Radio Airplay: College Radio, East Village Radio

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In Cat State was formed in the summer of 2005 as a collaboration between producer/guitarist Michael Lawson & vocalist/bassist Shana Marmon. The music combines elements of country, rock & electronica to create a haunting
sound that is at once dark, sexy & compelling.
Shana has recorded and performed with a number of different projects including Motel Girl (dum records), Opal (paved earth music) and Bocardo (topaz records). Along the way, she has worked with producers from Ric Wake (Quiet Riot) to Kurt Rawlske (Ultra Vivid Scene) and is presently featured on one of J&R Music World’s top selling drum and bass recordings (Bocardo).
Michael comes from a classical and jazz guitar background and has performed extensively as a solo artist and session musician. He has more recently begun producing and mixing sound for film and TV commercials.