The Cat Empire Release – Kila

by the partae

Listen to “Kila” HERE

Kila is the fourth brand new song unveiled by The Cat Empire for 2018 as the band steadily build toward the release of their next studio album.

With it’s insistent bass line and solid gold Cuban groove that gives way to another uplifting chorus refrain, Kila, like much of the band’s most beloved work, is a life-affirming dance party threatening to happen. Written by Felix Riebl and recorded on the outskirts of Melbourne with the band’s long-time producer of choice Jan Skubiszewski, Kila again highlights The Cat Empire in full flight as they manage to bottle their ferocious live energy into this inspired take, another highpoint amongst the many highlights of the band’s forthcoming album release.

As the song’s author Felix Riebl explains, “Kila is one of those songs you write and know that an album will be built around it.  It follows on from songs by The Cat Empire like ‘Brighter than Gold’ and ‘Steal the Light,’ which both have dark verses and anthemic choruses, perfect for a festival. Lyrically I wanted to write something edgy, joyful, mysterious, where people might mistake the words and that be a good thing.  Kill a man Jaro – Kilimanjaro.”

Following the success internationally at radio with previous tracks Ready Now and La Sirène, Kila is the next official radio single for 2018. With its monster chorus and contagious rhythm the song will no doubt further galvanise The Cat Empire’s global fanbase as they feverishly await delivery of the band’s next full-length album. In the meantime fans hungry for fresh material have generated 1.4 million streams and close to 100,000 YouTube views off the back of the songs Ready Now, Stolen Diamonds and La Sirène, a number set to climb in coming months.

The cover art for Kila features the work of  Melbourne-based photographer Marcelle Bradbeer. Bradbeer focuses on capturing man-altered landscapes in rural environments.  Lucky No. 7 (Queenstown) was taken in 2018 when Bradbeer was visiting rural areas of Tasmania that had been visually disrupted by human impact. The work is part of Bradbeer’s​ ​current​ ​series​ ​THE DIVINE DIVIDE:​ the ideological construct of landscape and ​challenging​ ​early​ ​landscape​ ​photography​ ​that​ ​portrays​ ​nature​ ​as​ ​a​ ​sublime​ ​otherness​ ​seemingly beyond​ ​human​ ​reach.

Having just completed a sold out Australian tour that The Sydney Morning Herald in a 4.5 star review proclaimed to be “a perfect demonstration of their musical brilliance,” the band are taking a brief pit stop before heading back to Europe for a headline run which includes two sold out nights at The Roundhouse in London, a first for any Australian band, ever! The band also perform multiple nights in Amsterdam, Bristol, Madrid and Barcelona, before heading back home to play their final dates for the year in Bathurst and Western Australia.  2019 is set to continue to see more live action from the band with a huge 20 date tour throughout Canada and the U.S. in March just announced.



Saturday 1st December,  Inland Sea Of Sound, Bathurst, NSW
tickets click here

Friday 14th December, The Cat Empire Carnivale at Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
With Odette, Grievous Bodily Calm, Lucy Peach & more to be announced (18+)
tickets click here

Saturday 15th December, The Cat Empire Carnivale at Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
With Odette, Grievous Bodily Calm, Lucy Peach & more to be announced (18+)
tickets click here

Sunday 16th December, Caves House, Yallingup WA 
Supported by Odette
tickets click here


Tuesday 30th  October Istanbul, Turkey – Babylon

Wednesday 31 October Bucharest, Romania – Arnele Romane

Thursday 1st November, Vienna, Austria – Arena Vienna

Friday 2nd November, Stuttgart, Germany – Liederhalle

Saturday 3rd November, Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex 457

Sunday 4th November, Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof

Tuesday  6th November, Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

Wednesday 7th November, Hamburg, Germany – MEHR! Theater

Thursday  8th November, Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso (SOLD OUT!)

Friday 9th November, Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso (SOLD OUT!)

Saturday  10th November, Cologne, Germany – Palladium

Monday 12th November, Brussels, Belgium – AB Hall

Wednesday 14th November, Bournemouth, UK – 02 Academy

Thursday 15th November, London, UK – Roundhouse (SOLD OUT!)

Friday  16th November, London, UK – Roundhouse (SOLD OUT!)

Saturday 17th November, Bristol, UK -02 Academy (SOLD OUT!)

Sunday  18th November, Bristol, UK – 02 Academy (SOLD OUT!)

Tuesday 20th November, Paris, France – Le Bataclan

Wednesday 21st November, Toulouse, France – Le Bikini

Thursday 22nd November, Barcelona, Spain – La Razzamatazz (SOLD OUT!)

Friday 23rd November, Madrid, Spain – Sala La Riviera

Sunday  25th November, Barcelona, Spain – La Razzamatazz


Thursday 28th February, Brooklyn NY – Brooklyn Steel 

Friday 1st of March, Philadelphia PA -Theatre of Living Arts  

Saturday 2nd  of March, Boston MA – Royale

Sunday 3rd of March, Quebec QC – Capitole     

Monday 4th of March, Montreal QC – MTELUS

Thurdsay 7th of March, Toronto ON – Danforth Music Hall  

Friday, 8th of March, Waterloo Ontario – Maxwell’s Music House 

Saturday 9th of March, Chicago IL – House of Blues  

Monday 11th of March, Minneapolis MN – Varsity Theater 

Tuesday 12th of March, Winnipeg MB – Burton Cummings Theatre  

Thursday 14th of March, Edmonton AB – Winspear Centre

Friday 15th of March, Calgary AB – MacEwan Hall   

Sunday 17th of March, Vancouver BC – Commodore Ballroom

Monday 18th of March, Vancouver BC – Commodore Ballroom   

Tuesday 19th of March, Victoria BC – Royal Theatre 

Wednesday 20th of March, Seattle WA – The Showbox   

Thurday 21st of March, Portland OR – Wonder Ballroom 

Saturday 23rd of March, San Francisco CA – The Fillmore 

Monday 25th of March, Los Angeles CA – El Rey Theatre   

Tuesday 26th of March, San Diego CA – House of Blues

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