Jam the Signal

Black Cat Habitat

Power chords and female vocals that alternate between contemplative and gut-wrenching.

Black Cat Habitat is soulful and shamelessly melodic indie pop-rock with a beautifully worn 90's alt-sensibility, led by singer-songwriter Rachel McCullough. Rachel's vocals have been described as "wickedly sweet" and "captivating." She writes and performs bittersweet songs about longing, triumph, and finding your own habitat.

All songs written by Rachel McCullough Rachel McCullough - Vocals, Guitar Pier Giacalone - Lead Guitar Mark Carson - Bass (except Broke My Heart, played by Pier Giacalone) Mike Wexler - Drums Produced and Engineered by Pier Giacalone Recorded and Mixed by Pier Giacalone at Hopetown Sound (Doylestown, PA) Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Avatar Studios (New York, NY) Photography by Frank Pronesti

About the Songs: Deeply personal and emphatic without being overdone, the songs include driving rhythms, soaring vocals, and harmonic layers sitting atop swirling guitars. With Rachel on vocals and rhythm guitar, producer Pier Giacalone's lead guitar work catapults "Jam the Signal," "Ambushed," and "The Big Mistake" to the big sounds they crave. Mark Carson brings bass bottom end to "Somebody Brought You Home" and Mike Wexler's precision drumming keeps "Broke My Heart" true to its pop/punk roots.

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Ready to Bruise

Black Cat Habitat

Soulful, melodic, bittersweet indie acoustic songs about love, longing and finding your own habitat are all dressed up in upbeat tunes framed with black eyeliner.

Debut EP from indie-pop Black Cat Habitat, with songs about the search for love, hope, acceptance, and well, finding your own habitat. Listeners describe singer-songwriter Rachel McCullough's (aka Deb) vocals as "captivating" and "wickedly sweet" evoking comparisons ranging from Gwen Stefani to Alanis Morissette.

All song written by Rachel McCullough Light Shines On, Fortune Teller: Rachel McCullough - Vocals, Guitar Chris Macica - Guitar Adam Winokur - Guitar, Bass Drums - Matt Muir

Ready to Bruise, You are My Star, I Do: Rachel McCullough - Vocals, Guitar Lance Reichart - Guitar Wayne Taussig - Bass Chris Allen - Drums

The album starts in the dark with Ambushed (How Lucky You are) calling out stealth manipulators with "how lucky you are to be born without a heart, cause mine hurts all the time." Hope springs in a jaded world with the lazy love song You are My Star, "together we'll walk through the midst of the madness." Sweet harmonies are found in the title track Ready to Bruise, a song about taking chances, and yeah, even if it means getting banged up along the way. Fortune Teller reveals a wiser soul comforting the worry wart - even if you think you've "read the script a thousand times," you have no idea about what tomorrow may bring "my dear!" I Do is a love song, with Miss Independent, asking whether she can "live with someone else without losing myself." High energy Light Shines On is the celebration of letting yourself have a voice (but "would you love me anyway?")

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Live acoustic performance by Rachel McCullough for the National Stuttering Association Virtual Conference. Includes discussion of Covert Stuttering and stories behind the music. Hosted by Nina G.

Pay as you like. Funds are to support the National Stuttering Association. For more information, visit https://westutter.org/about-the-nsa/.