Raw powerful cinematic electronica with punk attitude. Stunning lead hurdy-gurdy with effect pedals, fierce yet tender vocals, personal political lyrics, floaty flutes, massive drone bass and DIY samples seamlessly combine with industrial-rave beats in an utterly captivating show.
Based in London, nomadic duo tAngerinecAt was formed in 2008 in Ukraine as a collaboration between Ukrainian born Eugene Purpurovsky and English born Paul Chilton. At 11 Eugene performed at the town Philharmonic as part of a concert for best young composers of Western Ukraine. When he was 17 he got 4th place in a nationwide competition for spoken word artists of any age at Kiev National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. Inspired by their studies, travels and music experiences in remote parts of the Carpathian Mountains, their music has also absorbed different forms of Ukrainian and Soviet counterculture; the classical music skills, composition, directing and stage experience of Eugene since 1990 as a singer, actor, poet and musician as well as influences from EDM, drone, blues, metal, art-rock and more.
Eugene's lyrics are based on personal experience as someone recovering from severe childhood abuse, neglect and poverty, and the associated mental health issues. They also tell a story of resistance against gender, class and ethnic oppression, rape culture and other authoritarian structures. These themes are repeated throughout their album Many Kettles, and also in the form of images and symbols that help you to survive.
They have four independently released, successfully selling albums that have had airplay on BBC 2, BBC 3 and BBC 6. The band has toured internationally in Ukraine, UK and Russia from 2010 and since relocating to UK in 2016 have quickly gained momentum, intensively touring with headline shows all over UK.
Festivals: Knockengorroch, Willowman, Festival8, Fire In the Mountain, Llangollen Fringe, Tannerfest, Workhouse Party, Pheonix Alternative, Wrexfest, Forever Sun, Radnor Fringe, Cute Owl Festival London/Manchester/Nottingham, New Weird Planet Wonkfest, Blue Lagoon, Krayina Mriy, Trypilske Kolo and many more.
“tAngerinecAt brought not just synth to the table, but a whole range of physical, classical instruments into the mix – most noticeably their use of the hurdy-gurdy, to make their music the deep notes of severe doom and dread that gave it the feeling of a rave in a mausoleum...”- Ben Knight, LEFTLION
"Watch out for: tAngerinecAt... this is some of the most powerful music I have heard in a long time..." - LOUDER THAN WAR
"I've never seen someone play a hurdy-gurdy so punk..."
-DEVIL’S DYKE NETWORK
"Tangerinecat exploded into my world and I'm a happier man for it! Awesome energy and multidisciplinary. Myself and the team at New Art Exchange really appreciated your work."
- Jason Pollitt, NEW ART EXCHANGE
"Eugene is a fantastic singer, a ranterand belter with occasional glassware-shattering screams. As abrasive noise went, I liked them a whole lot..." - ROCKNERD
“...the most important piece of art you need to navigate these times...” - David Eggleston (Mirrorkill)