The Whipping Cats: The Last Ditch Dance
By Lee Wallace
After several successful years on the Auckland live music circuit, as well as a handful of great support slots for touring bands, The Whipping Cats have gone on an indefinite hiatus and left us with wonderfully packaged debut album. Recorded and mastered by James Dansey of The Sneaks, the disc is full of quaint tunes that certainly showcase the groupís blues and R&B leanings. It seems though that the band are going through the motions a little where some extra energy would have enlivened the tunes. Such restraint was possibly their intention, but the result is an often unengaging listen. There are certainly some fine moments, The Last Ditch Dance of the Cripple, The Octopus Clamp and Sally Ann & Nancy being among the more inspired and creative songs where the attitude in lead man Vincent Lumís voice shines through, giving us something original. Letís hope that The Whipping Cats return soon to wow us again with their live shows and make a record that fully captures their undeniable promise. ĎThe Last Ditch Danceí is independently released on Clip Clop Records.