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CD review: Solar Cat's Tales from the Savage Land 

Independent; Release Date: March 28, 2015

This Charlotte-based rock duo takes a light-hearted approach to its music. Not that the music itself is silly, but the lyrical content focuses on comic book characters with themes of magic and science intertwined ... oh yeah, and there's dinosaurs and cats.

First listen to the band, comprised of singer/guitarist Chris Rigo and singer/drummer Sara English, sounds a bit like the illegitimate offspring of The White Stripes and Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory. The drumming is straightforward, and while Rigo tosses a fuzzed-out riff or two in for good measure, even the strumming can stay simple when needed. Singing — it's more often yelling in excitement for a prehistoric creature of some sort.

The project has always felt like a creative outlet/side project for the former Sugar Glyder guitarist/current Kodiak Brotherhood drummer and his girlfriend. And why not? It's not like all music has to be taken seriously. After all, the words to the song "Ter-O-Dac-Tal Man" are just that ... and nothing else aside from the occasional "hey!" The words to the song "Dinosaurs!" aren't much more than "dinosaurs" and "yeah!"

It will take a while to get through this EP's six tracks, as the album — the. entire. album. — clocks in at just over nine minutes. (Read the first part of that sentence with a hint of sarcasm, please.) The instant impression is that Solar Cat is about a simple good time, simple good songs and turning your hobbies into a musical project. If you threw in more talk of physics and subatomic particles, I bet Sheldon Cooper and his buddies would love it.

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