Behind the music – Cynthia Catania

US singer/songwriter Cynthia Catania has released her new single, Something Better, and is about to go on an Irish tour with The RipTide Movement. We asked her the BIG questions . . .

Cynthia was formerly a member of Saucy Monky with her Irish music partner at the time Annmarie Cullen.

They played festival support to The Cure, B-52s, PJ Harvey, PINK!, and Wilco, and made an appearance on The Late Late Show.

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Speaking about Something Else, Cynthia says, “I remember a conversation I had with an old girlfriend about her bestie. How he was happy in his relationship – but always wondered if he should ‘settle’, what if there was something better out there?” Such is the human dilemma . . . and the challenges of commitment.

“I guess for me the deeper meaning of this song is to surrender to the present moment, circumstances, relationships, work-life, and ENJOY. The root of suffering is in the craving. Surrender is a way out. I have to practice that on a daily basis.”

Tell us three things about yourself . . .

I was fired from most of my non-music jobs. I used to be a sex columnist (for Hot Press magazine) I didn’t get fired from that one! Or did I? I just grew the best crop of Japanese Heirloom tomatoes ever!

How would you describe your music?

I love what a music blog recently said – “A swing for the fences . . . alive with gritty big choruses and a hazy indie core”.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Growing up, the short list: The Pretenders, Heart, Bell-X1, Sparklehorse, Elliott Smith, Nirvana, Ani DiFranco, Lana Del Rey, The National, Daughter, Sigur Rós, Ohtis . . . so many!

What was the first gig you ever went to?

Probably my first performance during a school Battle of the Bands in New Jersey. Big time concert, The Pretenders at the Tower Theatre in Philly.

What was the first record you ever bought?

Little Queen by Heart. In a bin at a Walgreens type store. I mean, they were dressed in medieval costumes!

What’s your favourite song right now?

Schtaze by Ohtis and Stef Chura.

Favourite lyric of all time?

Ohh, the many gems by Joni Mitchell. “Oh, I could drink a case of you, darling, Still I’d be on my feet, I would still be on my feet” – Case of You.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Revelator by Gillian Welch (that’s Gillian with a hard G – Ed).

Where can people find your music/more information?

My website and all our videos live on YouTube/@cynthiacatania.

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