Bradford indie-rock quartet Ship’s Cat are set to release their debut album ‘Recovery Position’ on June 23rd. The band are marking this occasion with an afternoon album launch party at Saltaire’s Caroline Street Social Club on Sunday 25th June and will be accompanied by some special guests.
These songs were conceived during COVID lockdowns while the wife of Ship’s Cat songwriter and guitarist Phillip Veitch was many miles away in a London hospital, undergoing prolonged and intensive treatment for her struggle with mental ill health.
The album deals with the trauma of this period alongside death, addiction and the life changing loss of Phillip’s younger brother to a heroin overdose. Whilst Ship’s Cat’s album touches upon some very serious subjects, the end result is an uplifting and vibrant body of work that resonates with hope and positivity.
During the writing and recording process, Phillip was looking after his young family and keeping his business afloat. Writing these songs was a cathartic experience and it is what helped him and the band through these deeply troubling and uncertain times.
Sat at Phillip’s kitchen table with a laptop and a simple audio interface, the band carefully crafted their songs during the evenings when family commitments allowed. Phillip and lead singer Nicky worked on lyrics and then visited their friend Mickey Dale (Embrace) at his Cellar of Dreams studios in Heaton, Bradford where they recorded the lead vocals, backing vocals and percussion.
Album pre-order link: https://shipscat.uk
The band are launching their album with a special show at Caroline Street Social Club in Saltaire on 25th June at 3pm.
Tickets are on sale now from https://shipscat.uk