MANAGING MOSAIC EDITOR
After bumping from one open mic performance to the next, looking for some musical connection or helpful discovery, Keith Jones met Miles Gannett — instantly becoming what one may refer to it as a “musical soulmate.”
From this connection, inspiration drew and out spawned the seven-piece band, Fractal Cat.
Guitars, a flute, a cornet, keyboard, violin, french horn and a harp are just a few of the wide-span list of instruments Baltimore-hailing band, Fractal Cat, combines within their music. The psychedelic, rock ‘n’ roll band will be featuring their unique sound and heavy lyrical focus at Home Grown Cafe on Nov. 4.
The band began in early 2011. Gannett, from Columbia, Md., says that when he met Jones, of Boonsboro, Md., they instantly connected due to their similar music taste in old rock ‘n’ roll. Both men are now guitarists and singers of the band.
“Miles is one of those people you meet where you start to rattle off the music you listen to and you can’t believe someone else is into that music too,” Jones says.
The two say that much of the band’s music stems from psychedelic music, early 1970s progressive rock and early 1950s rock ‘n’ roll and folk music. They are inspired by The Beatles, early albums by Pink Floyd, Motown and other musicians of that era.
Gannett says that the Fractal Cat’s songs are heavily oriented towards lyric writing, which sets them apart from other music that is released today.
“There aren’t too many rock bands and psych rock bands currently that I feel are really songwriters,” Gannett says. “I think that’s kind of lacking in a lot of music.”
The band just recorded their third album, entitled “The Tower.” The recording process for their two previous albums took play solely in Gannett’s basement. For the most recent one, Fractal Cat was able to record in a studio for the first time.
“We’ve been getting better each time,” Jones says. “We feel like this is a big accomplishment.”
Both Gannett and Jones agree that the most difficult part of playing in a seven-piece band is getting everyone together to practice. Fractal Cat aims to have both a vocal practice and rhythm practice every week. Splitting the practices up by section has made it easier for them to work around having such a large group.
Usually their shows will not even have all seven members on stage. Typically five or six will be available, which will be the case when the band performs at Home Grown.
Kim Gravatt, Fractal Cat’s flutist, graduated from the university five years ago. Jones says Gravatt has been excited to come back to campus again to perform.
Gannett hopes that with each performance Fractal Cat can expand its fan base and can connect with the audience through music.
“Music can be so powerful,” Gannett says. “I want people to have some of the same experience with some of the music I love.”