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Please note that since we aren't stadium rock in terms of fan base, EVERYTHING YOU ORDER will have some degree of personalization included. It might be a handwritten note. HKS may throw a few glow in the dark Catnyp logo guitar picks or a lyric book with a unique Haiku based on your name. Or a Polaroid photo of one of us holding up what we are sending you (naked costs extra). We thrive on people supporting our art, and want every purchase to feel special and valuable to you. Thanks. 

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CATNYP IIII | HKS

Catnyp IIII: CD
  • Catnyp IIII: CD

Catnyp IIII: CD

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Spurred on by a quip from an ex-girlfriend, and Paul McCartney’s McCartney III (2020), Henderson K. Shatner - Catnyp songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist - created his most fearless platter to date, Catnyp IIII, out April 22, 2022

On this 14-song collection of intoxicating indie-rock treats, the Missoula, Montana-based artist explores the

Spurred on by a quip from an ex-girlfriend, and Paul McCartney’s McCartney III (2020), Henderson K. Shatner - Catnyp songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist - created his most fearless platter to date, Catnyp IIII, out April 22, 2022

On this 14-song collection of intoxicating indie-rock treats, the Missoula, Montana-based artist explores the outer stratosphere of his eccentric modern classic sensibility.

“My ex provided some unsolicited advice that set the tone for this album,” Shatner shares with a good-natured laugh. “She said ‘get back to your quirk-pop rock roots.’” He complied by peeling back the layers of production and instrumentation he explored on previous releases. For the most part, Catnyp IIII is viscerally lean—just one guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. It has the rawness and energy of a demo, but with the high-fidelity and clarity of a polished studio production. It’s a best-of-both worlds approach guided by the golden touch of multiplatinum mixer engineer Brian Reeves (U2, Miley Cyrus, Elton John).

The Macca influence came from the self-contained vibe of his recent album in which the former Beatle played all the instruments. Taking a cue from this McCartney feat, Shatner—already an accomplished bassist and guitarist—learned drums in a couple of months, and then recorded 14 instrumentals. Next, he set aside 4 sequential days to write lyrics and melodies, before tracking vocals, often tearing through 4-5 songs in a day.

“It was scary staring at a blank screen with a cup of coffee, trying to write lyrics to so many instrumentals in such a short amount of time. It definitely gave the album a certain cohesiveness that might not be there if everything had been written and recorded in a more typically organic manner,” Shatner says. “It also allowed for some fearless experimentation in vocal styles.”

Shatner is a dynamic and melody-centric songwriter who carefully crafts each vocal line, and, like McCartney, pens lyrical basslines. He also impactfully uses loud-and-soft contrasts, recalling the explosive musicality of the Pixies and Nirvana. This penchant for juxtaposition plays out throughout his musicality as his lyrics, and his instrumentation, are rife with layers of meaning and oomph. Shatner’s songwriting is informed by 1990s alt-rock, Brit-pop, new wave and dark wave, and the timeless rock n’ roll of the Beatles and the Stones. To date, Catnyp has released The Black Cat Trilogy of records issued yearly from 2018 until 2020.

Shatner cut his teeth in the Denver music scene in the late 1990s before working and living internationally with bands in Australia, Sweden, and the UK. While across the pond, he formed the seminal surf-goth band, Brand Violet, as bass player and songwriter. The band were signed to iconic Some Bizarre Records (Depeche Mode, The The, Soft Cell).

Catnyp was formed when Shatner returned stateside in 2015. The group features Shatner as primary songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, but it also boasts a fluid membership of trusted studio and onstage musicians. Along for the ride on Catnyp IIII — on tracks “Big Sky” and “No Hope” — is Emily Dolan Davies on drums (Bryan Ferry, The Darkness, Tricky, The Hours), as well asoften-featured Catnyp collaborator Ian Weckler on guitar on the tracks “Sharp White Teeth,” “Houdini” and “Mainstreaming.”

Catnyp IIII tears open with the jagged alt-rock of “Big Sky,” and then rockets us into a series of thrilling adventures, including checking out grisly murder scenes; jetting to Berlin; reveling in the joys of dysfunctional high school get-togethers; intriguing encounters with a transgendered character; and vibing deep at old-school hip-hop parties. By the end of exhilarating ride, we find ourselves back where we started: perhaps in a Montana bar with a narrator quietly observing the birds out the window. Through it all, Shatner is a shapeshifting narrator, and his vocal stylings channel Paul McCartney, Debbie Harry, David Bowie, Jack White, Nick Cave, Chris Isaak, Damon Albarn, and Robert Plant in his quest to find the right voice for each song.

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Henderson: CD
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Henderson: CD

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Second album recorded at Elstree Hill Studios in London

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Henderson & The Black Cat: CD
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Third Eccentric Modern Classic album from Catnyp and the final installment of The Black Cat Trilogy.

NOTE: CD order includes the full color lyrics book illustrated by graphic novelist and artist David Jesus Vignolli!

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Black Cat Trilogy CD bundle
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First three CDs + a Catnyp sticker!

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Fan pack bundle #1
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Fan pack bundle #1

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This fan pack bundle is the starter pack if you love Catnyp!

T-shirt (your choice, based on availability) | 3 CDs -- The Black Cat Trilogy (signed) | Henderson & The Black Cat 'zine / booklet (signed) | More Tales of Mystery & Imagination lyric book (signed) | Glow in the dark Catnyp plectrum | Free download of the INSTRUMENTAL mix of "Mar A Lago"

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Fan pack bundle - #2 (Deluxe)
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Fan pack bundle - #2 (Deluxe)

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Deluxe T-shirt (your choice, based on availability) | 3 CDs -- The Black Cat Trilogy (signed) | Henderson & The Black Cat 'zine / booklet (signed) | More Tales of Mystery & Imagination lyric book (signed) | Glow in the dark Catnyp plectrum | Free download of the INSTRUMENTAL mix of "Mar A Lago"

ADDITIONAL BONUS ITEMS You name 3 of our songs, HKS will do a personalized video and play them for you

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Fan pack bundle #3 (Super Deluxe)
  • Fan pack bundle #3 (Super Deluxe)
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This fan pack bundle is the starter pack if you love Catnyp!

T-shirt (your choice, based on availability) | 3 CDs -- The Black Cat Trilogy (signed) | Henderson & The Black Cat 'zine / booklet (signed) | More Tales of Mystery & Imagination lyric book (signed) | Glow in the dark | Catnyp plectrum Free download of the INSTRUMENTAL mix of "Mar A Lago"

ADDITIONAL BONUS ITEMS 1 You name 3 of our songs, HKS will do a personalized video and play them for you 2 WE will play a LIVE SET over a LIVE channel like Facebook, Zoom, etc.

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Apple\Way Producer's cap
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Expand your headwear collection with this fashionable dad hat. With a slightly distressed brim and crown fabric, it’ll add just the right amount of edge to your look. For a quick and easy outfit pair it with slacks, your favorite jeans, and a sports tee.

• 100% pre-shrunk cotton twill
• Soft crown
• 6 sewn eyelets
• 6 stitched rows on the brim
• 6-panel unstructured cap with a low profile
• Seamed front panel without buckram
• Adjustable hook and loop closure

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Catnyp on Tidal 

ITUNES

Catnyp on iTunes / Apple Music.

 

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