Shady Cats

Shady Cats

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Modern songs infused with a 70's vibe. Emphasis on fresh chord changes & rich vocal harmony.

Biography

Chapel Hill indie rock and L.A. hair metal. Polar opposites, right? And ne’er in the ‘tween shall they meet… except when two Shady Cats, Grady Crumpler and Bill Eagen, get together to record.

While Grady was playing in SPECS and going to school at UNC – Chapel Hill, Bill was in Los Angeles with his band, Shattered Truth. While Grady was taking in all the music in Chapel Hill, Bill was bumping into Axl Rose at the grocery store (where Bill could occasionally afford to buy the staples for lettuce and ketchup sandwiches). How could two players with such vastly different experiences make music together? The answer: hands-on music education.

Grady got his hands on a treasure-trove of vinyl LP’s when his uncle took a job in England and entrusted him with a large record collection, heavy on British Invasion and seminal American acts. Inundated with great music and inspired to play along (on said uncle’s Les Paul, no less), Grady couldn’t help but come up some new angles on classic sounds.

Bill got his hands on some drumsticks and began accompanying his father and grandfather on gigs. He learned to play standards, light jazz, and more on the job. Off the job, he went for more extreme sounds.

Since both players had an appreciation of "classic" music, it was easy to find common ground. The full story of how these two musicians met is available under “About” at the Shady Cats web site: www.shadycats.com.

So, what’s the music sound like? With the exception of “I Want Independence” (Soundgarden? Black Sabbath channeling King’s X?), the songs on Love Callin’ are infused with a 70’s rock-pop vibe. The songs are totally original, and they largely avoid clichéd chord progressions, but there are little segments here and there where the listener says, “That sounds like Beach Boys harmony,” or “E.L.O. and Queen used a similar effect.” For instance, on the title track, guitarists might pick up on tones and licks reminiscent of Lindsay Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) and a particular strum associated with Pete Townshend (The Who). “Take Me” might remind listeners of Cry of Love, who won fans the world over with their update of the Led Zeppelin sound. (Ironically, Cry of Love’s producer, John Custer, produced 5 songs for Love Callin’, but not this one.) “All The Way” has a guitar solo that screams, “Santana!” Is that cool? Hell, yeah!!

Reviewers have also noted the following influences, not already name-dropped:
Tom Petty, Del Amitri, Keith Richards, Beatles, Raspberries, XTC, AC/DC, Wallflowers, Pete Yorn.

Lyrics

Lost Myself

Written By: Grady Crumpler

Who’s that person yelling? Who’s about to shred his throat?
Anger, anger swelling
Is he at the end of his rope?
Not I
It’s someone I don’t recognize
A madman with raging eyes

I lost myself, I lost myself I can’t stand to lose anybody else
I lost my will, I lost my way I’ve fallen from the shadows of who I used to be

Who just lost his cool? Who just stomped the floor?
Whose face is turning red now? Who just slammed the door?
Not I
It’s someone I don’t recognize
A madman with raging eyes

I lost myself, I lost myself I can’t stand to lose anybody else
I lost my will, I lost my way Screaming at the mirror ‘cuz there’s nobody else to blame

(Oooohhh-----)
Yeah, I’m coming unglued, falling apart
Till now, no one ever could question my heart
Feeling all wrong, a deadly parasite’s
Invading my body, stealing what’s right

I’m the one who’s ailing I could easily drown
I’m the one who’s failing I could come crashing down
Yes, I
became someone I don’t recognize
A madman with hateful eyes

I lost myself, I lost myself I can’t stand to lose anybody else
I lost my will, I lost my way I’ve fallen from the shadows of who I used to be
I lost myself, I lost myself I can’t stand to lose anybody else
I lost my will, I lost my way I’ve fallen from the shadows of who I used to be

Love Callin'

Written By: Grady Crumpler

I don’t talk in my sleep and I don’t sleepwalk
Got my feet on the ground, walkin’ my talk
Got no time for faith in dreams, but now and then, I swear it seems
They’re all that sustain me

Wine warms my heart, but it don’t warm our sheets
It can’t cuddle me, but it helps me sleep
I’m missing something you create, so I have to compensate
Day to day

(Ahh-ee-ahh-ee…)
Callin’, callin’, our love is callin’
(Ahh-ee-ahh-ee…)
It’s stumblin’, but it ain’t fallin’
Not yet, not yet

It’s not too late, we’ve got embers to blow
So, girl, pucker your lips, this fire’s burned too low
Although we may be torn and frayed
There ain’t nothing I would trade for what we’ve had

Callin’, callin’, our love is callin’
It’s stumblin’, but it ain’t fallin’
Not yet, not yet
No!

We both try dialing, but we can’t get through
the long distance call under our roof
A busy signal keeps drowning out
all the good inside our house

Callin’, callin’, our love is callin’
It’s stumblin’, but it ain’t fallin’
Callin’, callin’, our love is callin’

Discography

Love Callin', 2006
"Take Me," original version received airplay in 2003

Set List

In Raleigh, if you want to get paid, you have to play covers. So, we play everything from Frank Sinatra to Black Sabbath - sometimes back to back, just for fun!
Here's a typical 2nd set for us:
Cocaine - Eric Clapton
Back In The USSR - Beatles
Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks
Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
Keep Your Hands To Yourself - Georgia Satellites
Mustang Sally - Wison Pickett
Tequila - The Champs
Something - Beatles
Roll Over Beethoven - Beatles/Chuck Berry
My Sharona - The Knack
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison