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Tomcat Combat


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TOMCAT COMBAT Self Titled 2007 Noyes Records


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The music of Tomcat Combat is composed with shimmering reverb soaked guitars anchored by an enormous and pounding rhythm section that can go from a hypnotic pattern at one moment to stopping and starting on a dime the next. The songs are glazed with the soaring melodies created by the versatile and unique analogue synthesizer.
Imagine an explosion of pop rhythm maintained by post punk instrumentation (not unlike the styling of Broken Social Scene) that sonically escalates and builds beyond the usual musical climax and you will have Tomcat Combat.
The band has been a work in progress since 2005 where at St. Francis Xavier University two core members, guitarist Noel Macdonald and drummer Gary Staple (who drummed with Halifax power pop group Mardeen) began song writing and honing a unique sound. The two relocated to Halifax a year later and began recruiting musicians Chris Purchase (guitar) Alex Mitchell (Moog synthesizer) and Dan Nightingale (Bass) to build a stunning live show, which proved successful when Noyes Records offered to release their recordings before they were even finished. The small grassroots label was started by Chad Peck of the Medium Mood in 2005 as a means of releasing music produced by like-minded artists out of the Colchester region of Nova Scotia. By 2007 the label began releasing music by bands from Halifax and Ontario as well as other indie rock outposts in Nova Scotia. In January of 2007 the label released Tomcat Combat's debut EP. That same month the EP hit #1 on the CKDU weekly charts and stayed in the top five for three weeks.
After a year of attention grabbing performances, Tomcat Combat released their self-recorded and produced debut with a renewed sense of ambition. Writing busy, art damaged post punk anthems will always be the raison d’être, and will in turn continue to excite a steadily growing fan base with live shows that gain intensity with each song.
The Halifax quintet of dog lovers is the latest to release their debut EP on the Noyes Records imprint along side the likes of The Medium Mood, Got to Get Got and VKNGS.