Cat Ryan – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

CR: We’re an Indie/Art-Rock band consisting of three of us: Mary-Anne, Lucas, and Simon.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

CR: The three of us come from all over the UK, but we met at university. Simon and I are on the same course at uni, and Lucas was looking for a band to join. I started off as a solo artist before university, so already had songs ready to go; we took these and evolved them to suit the band.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

CR: Musically, we draw inspiration from Vampire Weekend, Wolf Alice, Hippo Campus, and The Japanese House. Non-musically we’d cite Mary Shelley, the Pope, and Jane Austen as influences on ourselves.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

CR: The dream would be to pursue a career in music. If we can make that sustainable, financially speaking, then that’s what we would love: to be able to write, record, and perform our own music as a career. Goals relating to this would be to release an EP at some point, and certainly an album. Other goals would include touring the UK and playing some festivals; Kendal Calling, Y Not, and Truck Festival would be amazing.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CR: Mary-Anne writes the songs, and they can be about anything and everything. ‘Mannerism’ was a self-reflexive song about the frustration of trying to read people; ‘Blessed Through The TV’ was about a relative that had an angel figurine blessed by the Pope via a television broadcast and simultaneously about half-measures; and ‘Mary Shelley Song’ is quite random, with lyrics inspired by things that happened throughout my summer one year.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

CR: We look for support from music blogs, radios, podcasts, and magazines to help our music reach people who might like our music. Playlists on Spotify help to reach an audience on that platform too. With gigs, we usually shout about it a lot on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). We have a mailing list too, so fans can get news early on, before it comes through social media.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CR: It helps us a lot when people buy our music through Bandcamp or iTunes. If people download it via other sites then I guess at least it means that they like it enough to do so.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CR: Bohemian Rhapsody, because then we would not only own an amazing song, but would also have inspired the title of a film too.

PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CR: Social media – having to monitor that and keep it up to date with posting new things can be tricky; keeping it fresh and engaging.
One of our other peeves is how our drummer (Simon) gets cat-called by our friends (and maybe some strangers) whenever we play a Newcastle gig; he’s supposed to be hidden behind the drum kit.

PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CR: ‘Blessed Through The TV’ was listened to by someone at BBC Radio 1 Huw Stephens, so it could have been him or an assistant. Having ‘Mannerism’ played on BBC Radio 6 by Tom Robinson was also very cool.

PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CR: Apart from finishing university, we’re in the process of planning tour dates around the UK. We’ve had offers from promoters in a few cities, so we’re working on adding more to the tour route to make it quite a big thing. We’re very eager to get onto the road and want to make the most of touring as a band.

PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 
CR: We have our music on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, and Amazon Music. You can also buy it from iTunes or Bandcamp too.

Cat Ryan – links:
Band/Artist location – Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
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