If there’s one thing metalheads love that makes people outside the genre chuckle, it’s cats. Headbangers may be dour, no-nonsense apocalypse-worshippers most of the time, but hand them a cat and they’ll start making ‘PSPSPSPSPS’ noises in no time. Now, a cat-fronted band has emerged that is looking to raise money for an animal charity in Brooklyn with their new single.
The band call themselves Cattera — obviously named after Pantera, who it should be noted are named after a cat anyway — and are fronted by Roope-Shakir a “reformed street cat” who currently lives with Fearless Records product manager Anna Mrzyglock. See, the industry is all about who rubs your belly.
The band’s new single is called “Hunger of the Beast,” and 100% of the proceeds from it go to Whiskers-A-GoGo, an all-volunteer cat rescue group based out of North Brooklyn. The organization’s mission is to find loving, permanent homes for abandoned, displaced, and shelter-surrendered cats. A registered 501c(3) nonprofit, Whiskers-A-GoGo works to rescue Brooklyn’s cats and kittens in need by saving at-risk cats from shelters, abandoned cats and kittens from the streets, and practicing TNR for community cats throughout Brooklyn.
“I knew Roope-Shakir had star power from the moment he entered my apartment,” Mrzyglocki says on Cattera’s Bandcamp. “I heard his emotion-filled meows and knew he needed to be the front cat of a metal band. It sparked a passion for A&R I never knew I had. People may think Cattera is just another ‘industry plant,’ but there’s real talent here.”
“I’m stoked to release my first track with Cattera, as I’m a huge fan of OG animal kingdom metal bands like Hatebeak and Caninus,” Roope-Shakir purrs. “I hope I can be an inspiration to all street cats who have something to say.”
You can check out “Hunger of the Beast” below, and purchase the track via Cattera’s Bandcamp.
Words by Chris Krovatin