For a local band, Costa Mesa's Cat Party doesn't really fit into the typical “Orange County band” stereotype. Ryan Nichols (vocals/guitar/the dude pictured on the shitter), Jason Richardson (bass), and Roger Fowler (drums) might call their sound “post punk/indie/new wave,” but to fans, Cat Party is creating innovative sonics all their own. With an upcoming date at the Gypsy Lounge on Saturday, plus upcoming gigs out of state, the band recently released their self-titled debut album on Flat Black Records.
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): For the people who haven't seen Cat Party live how would you describe your shows?
Ryan Nichols: Mundane.
Speaking of mundane, are you sick of people comparing you to other bands like TSOL and Joy Division or is it just an honor to have someone taking enough time to make the comparison?
I like TSOL but I've never heard of Joy Division–is she good?
Ha! Yes, she is especially good. How would you explain the overall sound of Cat Party?
An eighties rip off.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
I knew when I was young. I got really psyched on Guns N' Roses when I first heard them. And then when I heard Nirvana, it was all over.