Born out of a simple idea and a love of good music, ~ Swing That Cat! ~ is on a mission, with a message:
What more could you ask for from a band that sounds like Early Rock and Roll swizzled with Horny Swing,add dash of Cabaret Jazz, and a splash of Bourbon Street.
Front and center is Michele Peraino,, a modern-day Rita Hayworth meets Catwoman, with a vocal range and style drawn from another era, blending the sultry Jazz sound of Sarah Vaughan, and Rosemary Clooney, with the bawdy early Rock and Roll roar of Etta James. On stage, her voice combines with a penchant for performing, as Michele creates a hypnotic expression of the rhythm that entrances the audience and engages them in the performance.
But hang on for the twist - Swing That Cat! also features Hugh Alan Luck on flute as their Lead Guitarist. Backed by more crazy cats including Chris Peraino (Rhythm Guitar), Pat Ream (Bass), Jim Cooper (Drums), Andrew Donaghy (Saxophone) and Rick Yensen (Trumpet, Trombone), who all call South Jersey their home.
Formed in 2013, Swing That Cat! has carved out a niche with a seductive sound, and live shows that encourage their audiences to shimmy and shake. Swing That Cat! is not simply a throwback band. Drawing their inspiration from a time when one hand of Swing was moving into Jump Blues, Rock and Roll and the other was headed for Bebop Jazz, their original compositions sound fresh and inventive. If you are not up and dancing, you will still find yourself bopping in your seat.
For Fans of Post Modern Jukebox, Imelda May, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Melody Gardot, and for those who enjoy the dynamic voices of the ‘40s in a modern-day context.Swing That Cat! has self-released “3 To Get Ready”, a live 3 song EP and film based on a 2016 live show at Philly Sound Studios. The band also featured 2 songs on the “Not Just Another Christmas CD” compilation released in 2015 by #SpreadTheHappy Productions. A Full album is planned for 2017.