Freddy Moore Is The Kats'
Frederick G. Moore
is the San Fernando Valley's answer to England's
Jeff Lynne, the guiding influence behind the Electric Light Orchestra.
Although ELO's orchestrated pop style bears absolutely no resemblance to
the rocky bebop sound of Moore's group, The
Kats , the two bands have one
thing in common -- strong leadership.
Like Lynne, Moore functions as his band's lead singer, rhythm
guitarist, sole composer and conceptual designer. But Moore carries
his role as star cat one step further. Onstage he's riveting, especially
when he unstraps his guitar midway through each set. Unencumbered, Moore
prowls the stage in search of his quarry. He often bypasses his fellow
band members -- younger brother Bobbyzio (sax), Dennis
(bass and vocals), Al Galles (drums and vocals), and Pete
McRae (lead guitar) in favor
of forays into the audience.
Young girls respond by enticing Moore toward them with promises
of cat food tidbits from Purina and Friskies boxes. The other Kats
are pelted with handfuls of dry kibble while Moore
bounds back on stage, scrambles on top of an amplifier, and
makes a dramatic feline leap, marking the end of one song and
signaling the beginning of the next.
When it comes to everyday life, however, Moore's nervous system
slips into a relaxing lower gear. Stripped of his flamboyant stage mannerism's,
he comes across as an affable fellow, who looks rather intellectual due
to the thick black rimmed glasses he wears when not performing. And it
soon becomes apparent that his appearance is not deceiving since Moore's conversational wit reveals a
The Kats uniqueness id largely the result of one of Moore's
most engaging concepts -- an individual appropriately named Freddy,
an underdog or in this case an underKat. Buoyed by the band's good-natured
rock 'n' roll vibes, this song pattern eventually evolved into a rock opera
of sorts. The theme is so subtly presented that Moore's songs do
not seem contrived, unlike many rock concepts. "We don't serve up
a plot per se but each number ties into the next," explains Moore.
"Freddy's problems continually crop up
throughout the group of songs we perform during each set."
Moore says he has enlarged upon his own personality to create
the character he portrays on stage. "Freddy's just an inexperienced
little guy who's not really cool but constantly tries to
convince his friends, as well as himself, that he truly is a
cool individual. I used to be and probably still am, a nervy,
punky kid living in suburbia always fantasizing about being
where the action is."
I am, living in Arleta and its all happening on the Sunset Strip. That's
the message behind "Street
Life " in which Freddy sings of his longing to escape
from the dull routine of middle-class suburban life."
"He dreams about hanging out in an area like the West Hollywood
rock scene but his dad won't let him have the car, his friends won't cart
him out there and he's too chicken to hitchhike. So Freddy has to
stay home and live vicariously by reading rock magazines. Our theme song,
Kats' relates directly to
this situation of being stuck inside like a house cat who's
only desire is to jump through the screen door and join all
the free roaming alley cats outside."
Of course Moore
is no longer stranded in suburbia. He may
live in the northern outskirts of the Valley but his present status
as lead singer in a popular local attraction is anything but dull. In the
song "My Life's
In The Bag ," Moore poses the question: Where do we
go from here?
The answer to Moore's question appears obvious. The Kats,
who are on the verge of signing a recording contract, are more than ready
to graduate from the local L.A. rock scene. These five Kats are already flexing their claws,
eager to compete in the tough professional music business