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Navigating a Journey: The Multiple Cat, “Intricate Maps”; February 12 at Rozz-Tox
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2016-02-05 11:26:43

Quad Cities musician and engineer Pat Stolley is not a good interview. He’s plain-spoken and blunt, and when asked last week about the origins of Intricate Maps – the new album from his band The Multiple Cat – his answer couldn’t be more ordinary and pragmatic: “I had a band that was doing stuff.”

In the past, the singer/songwriter/guitarist said, he had difficulty keeping a band together, with people moving away or being less than reliable. But following 2013’s The Return of the Multiple Cat, he had a solid ensemble that wanted to keep working. So it was as simple as the confluence of writing songs and having interest from the local label Cartouche Records in putting them out.

Chalk up Stolley’s manner to preferring creation over discussion. Starting with the opening seconds of lead tracks “Maps” and “David,” the record is dense with pop rock that is precise, detailed, and economical but also organically vital and often joyously catchy.

And while the eight tracks that fit that description would be plenty rewarding, the three “Theme”-titled pieces bridge songs and help shape Intricate Maps into a dynamic, breathing album. Listening to the record’s carefully modulated flow, it’s difficult to take Stolley at his word that his limited time dictates that he use just about everything he writes; it’s a triumph of songwriting, instrumentation, and arrangement dovetailing with smart sequencing and evocative connective tissue.


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Photos from River Roots Live, August 16 and 17 in LeClaire Park
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-08-22 15:34:08

Photos from River Roots Live, held August 16 and 17 in Davenport’s LeClaire Park.

For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com. For more from Roberta Osmers on the Quad Cities music scene, visit OfTechAndMusic.Blogspot.com.

Vintage Trouble

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com


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A Little Out of Whack in the Right Way: The Multiple Cat, June 14 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-06-11 13:35:18

The Multiple Cat

The Return of the Multiple Cat represents the first set of new material from Pat Stolley’s band The Multiple Cat in a dozen years, but the man has hardly been slothful.

As a founder and a member of bands, Stolley was intimately involved in the Quad Cities-based Future Appletree label – active for half a decade starting in 2002. And from Daytrotter.com’s beginning in 2006 to summer 2008, he was the Web site’s primary recording engineer; he estimated he’s logged roughly 800 Daytrotter sessions and still typically records between 12 and 24 a month.

That experience, he said last week, took a toll. “For a while there, I was so depressed about music in general because of having worked for Daytrotter and seeing the amazing amount of bands and stuff out there – how much noise there is out there. It makes you just want to pick up your toys and go home.

“But then there’s this other thing: I don’t really have a choice. I’m going to keep writing songs and recording them, whether anyone is going to listen to it or not.”


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