Following a string of club night shows in the city, Cate caught the attention of SFA front man Gruff Rhys who over a cigar and a glass of brandy offered her some support slots with his band. Rhys roped Cate into his hip hop exchange program Neon Neon. What began as a guest vocal appearance on their debut single I Lust You, resulted in a year of touring the world as part of their band.
After a month’s break from the road, Cate released her debut full-length album Me Oh My to rapturous critical acclaim. On the back of the album’s US release in April 2010, Cate completed a two month tour stretching from SXSW in Texas to Café Hotel in Los Angeles, and toured the UK summer festivals.
At the dawn of 2011, Cate re-entered the studio to start work on a new record. Drawing on her recent experiences, Cate has created a collection of pop nuggets that sound like they’ve fallen off the back of a broken carousel, imbued with the playfulness of Faust and Syd Barrett and the tropical melodies of Os Mutantes. Existential word play abounds and fuzz fused guitar lines tear through like an angry bee in a CAN on the as-yet-untitled album, which is due for a summer release.