Catscan! DC Music Rocks


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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Catscan!

Recommended if you like: They Might Be Giants, Ween, Talking Heads, Gorillaz, Beastie Boys, Dead Kennedys, Primus, Violent Femmes

Story behind your band/artist name: Electronic rock duo Catscan! was born at the dawn of the 21st century. Two elementary schoolchildren decided it would cool to start a band, even though piano and euphonium proved to be a challenging starting point. The boys learned to play and write as a unit, working pretty much in isolation for the first decade. The second decade has been all about finding their place in the DC music scene. The Catscan! partnership has produced dozens of albums, live shows, music videos around hundreds of songs across a variety of genres. Their longest running and most current project, a podcast called SONGO, yields one new "song o' the month" every month.

Band Members: Mason Shelby - vocals, guitars, keyboards / Paul Tsiaperas - vocals, bass, melodica

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : We have spent a lot of time on U Street at Velvet Lounge and nearby venues. We both live in Virginia but very much consider the band to be of and therefore from Washington DC.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. Mason and Paul have spent more years living as a rock band (17) than they have as not a rock band (12)
2. Mason and Paul helped create the Vaudeville Game Night variety show, a quarterly celebration of retro video games with burlesque, live music, and performance art
3. Mason and Paul once met Fergie (of the Black Eyed Peas) at a meet and greet

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Main Genre: Indie

Other Genres: electronic rock