Cate Le Bon hails from Carmarthenshire, rural West Wales and is currently a resident of Highland Park, Los Angeles
Her first album Me Oh My was released on Gruff Rhys’s Irony Bored label in 2009 and was followed by Cyrk (OVNI/Turnstile) which was released to widespread acclaim in 2012 and saw her play live across the world, including being invited by St Vincent to tour the United States. Le Bon has been a frequent collaborator, she sang the duet ‘I Lust You’ with Gruff Rhys on Neon Neon's debut album Stainless Style. ‘4 Lonely Roads’, a forthcoming track on Manic Street Preachers' Rewind The Film album features Le Bon on lead vocals.
Towards the end of 2012, having completed extensive touring for her previous album, Cyrk, Cate returned to Wales (having relocated to Los Angeles) to write the songs that would become Mug Museum (her third album). The album was informed by a period of taking stock after bereavement. ‘Following the death of my maternal Grandmother I felt a very palpable shift in the roles that we’d all become accustomed to within the female line of the family which, for the first time, had me mulling over the importance of my placement and purpose within this female chain’ says Le Bon. ‘The album’s theme emerged from and circulates around these maternal familial relationships and this period of calm, lengthy, intent consideration in turn drew other relationships into the Mug Museum.’
Cate's latest and fourth album Crab Day was released this April. Recorded at Panoramic House studio, West Marin, California last spring, Crab Day was produced by Noah Georgson and Josiah Steinbrick.
According to Cate: "Crab Day was lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude. It's the sound of the 'accidentally on purpose' coming together of the right people at precisely the right time in an environment that furnished and fuelled the abandonment we felt effortlessly. It's a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up. Crab Day is an old holiday. Crab Day is a new holiday. Crab Day isn't a holiday at all."
What critics have said about Crab Day -
“Her thrilling, tightly wound post-punk guitar is glazed by her Nicoish impressionistic vocals… Long may Le Bon continue to weird up the rulebook.” The Guardian
“Since rising to attention with 2009's Me Oh My, Cate Le Bon has turned out four albums of otherworldly guitar pop, of which Crab Day is surely the best yet.” Uncut
“Crab Day pivots le Bon well away from the sound of the 60s – hitherto her broad frame of reference – towards exciting new territory, riffing on late 70s post-punk and beyond.” Loud & Quiet
“Le Bon is weird, but weirdly brilliant. If you like the idea of Nico backed by Wire, Syd Barrett and Television playing XTC songs, Crab Day is for you.” Sunday Times