Jones The Cat
Last week Newcastle University's Jones The Cat took out the top prize in the national Unisounds’ competition ahead of more than 100 other artists from across the country. Formerly known as the National Campus Band Competition, the competition helped launch the careers of artists like Jebediah, Eskimo Joe, Augie March and Peking Duk. Unisounds, in it’s inaugural year has taken over as the premier University band competition in the country.
Wasting no time, the video for 'Bitter Prick' was shot and uploaded in this past week and is the first single from the forthcoming Jones The Cat EP release through their new label home. Clocking in at just under 2-minutes 'Bitter Prick'is reminiscent of a classic punk moment but infused with great melodies and enough Aussie vernacular to remind us all why Newcastle remains a musical force.
'Bitter Prick' was recorded and mixed by Jimmy Balderston, bass player for the Grenadiers and the man also responsible for shaping the sound of Luca Brasi's "If This Is All We're Going To Be".
The 4-piece entered the Unisounds' competition as a wildcard, winning the public vote to join 5 other bands from around to country to gain entry to the finals held at Sydney’s Oxford Arts Factory. The band won over judges with a frantic and sweaty live show to take home a prize package including an international record release with Canada’s legendary Dine Alone Records(Alexisonfire, City & Colour) recording time with ARIA award winning producers and much more. This release confirms Dine Alone Records deep commitment to the Australian market following the release last month of the debut album from Sydney's Food Court.