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"The Cats Whiskers"

“Want to fall in love with a new female fronted quirk-pop trio? Launceston's Josie and the Lovecats skip sublimely between cosmic folk and baroque infused nursery rhyme. Then, just when you think you know what to expect they unleash a heavy rocking chorus to rival the best in the business.

After only 6 months performing together they already have a startling body of original songs and remarkable onstage presence. T

The title track of their new EP is where Peek-A-Boo-era Siouxsie meets the sinister nursery rhyme Weimar period. If Kurt Weil was writing for a 21st century pop outfit, then Josie would be his Lotte Lenya.

Elsewhere, Phenomenal will appeal to the Tori-Amos fans among you while Moon Belly is full of cosmic vibes, literally." - The West Briton and Cornish Guardian


"Pop Shake-up Plan is Purring Along Perfectly"

MAKING your mark on the music scene is a tough call for any new artist, but the unique and beguiling package offered by bohemian trio Josie and the Lovecats is swiftly charming everyone who encounters them.

On stage the three display a remarkable camaraderie after just six months of performing together; delving deeper, their intuitive connections are quickly laid bare. Jo and George (aka Sonny) are sister and brother and already share a lifetime of musical memories; Josie Boucharde is an old friend.

"George and I are really, really close," says Jo, a pretty, polite and soft-spoken slip of a girl.There is never any tension between us. He is a natural genius musically. It's been obvious since he was about two years old."

Jo and George were brought up in a musical household by parents who could be considered somewhat hippyish. As a baby, Jo accompanied her mother, Carol, and vet father, Jeff (solo performer and frontman of popular Westcountry blues outfit The Backdoor Men), as they busked their way around Australia in a camper van.
Arriving back in this country to settle near Launceston in Cornwall a couple of years later, her first memory is of being cold as she watched her cousin Anita making music on this amazing, magical thing called a piano.

"Mum and Dad have always been free-spirited – they spent their honeymoon on a kibbutz in Israel; he is a blues obsessive and she is a great folk guitarist, who taught Dad to play, although she doesn't perform. They are real soulmates."
Other early musical memories are of listening to psychedelic music with her father – "the kind of stuff that captures your imagination". Jo began formal piano lessons at the age of six and was soon composing her own little ditties with titles like Jumping Bean, and learning to play tunes like Green Onions by ear; she also picked up the flute.
"There were lots of different instruments around the house. Playing music was just the best way of relaxing and having fun together as a family."



- Western Morning News


"Demo of the week"

“This band has admirable songcraft. Bursting with boho idiosynchrasies and fronted by a keyboard straddling neo-diva. This band is too good to be in the SW for long - catch a show while you can.” - 24/7 magazine


"Josie and the Lovecats ripping it up in Falmouth"

“What makes this band really special is the bold sincerity of front-woman Josie Ghost’s song-craft and her projection of an audacious optimism that would melt the heart of the most cynical grandpa. If you haven’t already heard them, check them out.” (Flex magazine)



- FLEX MAGAZINE


Discography

Demo "Every Nerve" recorded Jan 2010
EP "Spider" recorded in August 09.

Tracks on Amazing Radio, Last FM, BBC Devon introducing, BBC Cornwall introducing, Pirate FM, Cardiff University radio, Exeter Phonic FM,

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We feel that our music is entirely our own. We try to make as expansive a sound as possible from our instruments - bass keys and drums. I use a vocal harmonizer which hooks up to my keyboard and harmonizes my voice in 4 parts depending on what I'm playing. George is a virtuosic drummer and Josie is a wonderfully melodic bass player. This is what people are saying about us:

“What makes this band really special is the bold sincerity of front-woman Josie Ghost’s song-craft and her projection of an audacious optimism that would melt the heart of the most cynical grandpa. If you haven’t already heard them, check them out.” (Flex magazine)

"Sitting harmoniously between the euphoria of Florence and the Machine and the new wave romance of Blondie." (Paperbox promotions)

“Their music remains entirely and uniquely their own. It's by turns dark, atmospheric and gothic, and yet also curiously euphoric at times. Josie's vocals shift from breathy and delicately yearning, to soaring, to direct and incisive (she occasionally reminds us of Siouxsie Sioux). Combined with her angular piano playing, they give songs like Spider a warped nursery rhyme feel. There's definitely a touch of the macabre to their tunes.” ( London Metro, Ones to Watch)

“This band has admirable songcraft … Bursting with boho idiosynchrasies and fronted by a keyboard straddling neo-diva.” (24/7 Magazine)

“Making your mark on the music scene is a tough call for any new artist, but the unique and beguiling package offered by bohemian trio Josie and the Lovecats is swiftly charming everyone who encounters them." (Jackie Butler, Western Morning News)

“The title track of their new EP is where Peek-A-Boo-era Siouxsie meets the sinister nursery rhyme Weimar period. If Kurt Weil was writing for a 21st century pop outfit, then Josie would be his Lotte Lenya.” (Lee Trewhela, West Briton/Cornish Guardian).