Chicago, Illinois-based ska sextet Bumsy and the Moochers are set to release “Cathy Ann,” their third in a series of singles on October 22. The single is their second that will result in a mini-EP release with Sell The Heart Records (Neckscars, Decent Criminal, etc.).Here’s a Soundcloud Embed –
“Cathy Ann” is a song written by lead singer and guitarist Caitlin Edwards about her mom.
“My Mom is like my best friend, so it’s definitely a sentimental song for me, but I also wanted a song about the funny aspects of our relationship. I feel like people will relate to this song because they might see a lot of their own mothers in this. I sing about how badass and hardworking my mom is, but I can’t leave out her funny quirks or over protectiveness. Reminding me to wash my hands, listening to Andre Brocelli, those are some of my favorite lines from the song.
“But I would say my all time favorite line is ‘She don’t really like to drink, she don’t care what people think, guess I’m turning out just like her.’ Apart from the lyrics is a super fun bass line and relentless horns that give the song an extra kick. The song is a fast pop punk ska hit reminiscent of the band’s earlier sound.”
Although publications like The Washington Post began touting the “ska revival” earlier this year, Bumsy and the Moochers are likely quoting LL Cool J under their breath; they’ve been here for years. Since 2012, Bumsy and the Moochers have been riding a tidal wave sound reminiscent of ’90s pop punk and ska. They deliver melodic vocals, killer horn lines, and steel string shredding hot and fresh to your ears.
In 2015, Bumsy and the Moochers debuted their first full length release Bored Up! with the Easily Distracted EP following hot on its heels the following year. In 2018, Bumsy and the Moochers released their second full length album, Spaced Out.
That said, If “The Rat” is any indication of what’s to come from the well-established act, expect these local heroes to become and international phenomenon in the coming months.
Pre-save the single for your repeated listening here.