Among many folk singers from the west, queer artist Porch Cat stands out with many releases ranging from easy listening dark folk, to major key, fast folk punk.
They currently play in a “circus-folk-blues” influenced project called The Ragshakers based out of Portland, Oregon busking their way down the coast and playing with prominent artists of the American folk punk scene such as Billy Mack Collector.
Porch Cat has just released their newest album “Heartlines.” It is a five-song release filled with the sweet sounds of contemporary folk and mostly bittersweet lyrics.
A good example of this would be the title track of the album. The second verse reads:
Cut my hair and not my arms
Don’t forget to look at the stars
There’s so much that I should have said
While I was laying, bleeding in that bed
I’d be a fool to say I knew exactly what this meant but to me this sounds of hope and turning something around but still acknowledging the terror they have been through. Part of the concluding chorus wraps up the song with the line, “Take all the time trying to figure out your heartlines and how to love and be alive.”
I’d be willing to bet Porch Cat is spreading a message about getting better.
This album spoke to me, and probably many others across the states. Please listen to this album. I suggest you buy it. You may already know this, but being a folk punk artist is one of the worst paying jobs in the world and there aren’t many breaks.
In closing, Porch Cat released another damn good album, and I’m glad they exist.
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