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Live review: Jaya the Cat at The Parish, Huddersfield

The American-Dutch reggae punk band have been inciting regular skanking pandemics in the town for the last few years.

Jaya the Cat

When Jaya the Cat come to play, you know that come rain or shine, summer has officially arrived.

As one of the most hyped gigs in Huddersfield’s music calendar, the five piece American-Dutch reggae punk band have been inciting regular skanking pandemics in the town for the last few years.

This time was no exception when they took to The Parish to check that everyone’s dancing joints were still well-oiled.

They were joined by Halifax-Huddersfield rockers, Sky Under Fire, and local ska-poppers Wobbly Bob, who blared out their well-loved back catalogue including audience favourite Under the Sea - and created a new earworm out of a cover of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.

With a line up like that it was no surprise that it would only be a short time until the crowd’s pogo-ing efforts took off, possibly creating new holes in the venue where walls once were.

Born in Boston in 1998, Jaya the Cat bounced into action with as much energy as their earlier gigs.

In fact, although now 16 years older, they seem to go out of their way to cram in an extra sack load of energy into each new gig.

Admitting to the audience that they were still suffering the effects of last night’s after-gig drinking session, it was only right that they launched into a rendition of Hello Hangover, a choice which was only ever going to brush out all the cobwebs or finish them off.

Luckily the former, they sprang into their dedication to all the ‘bar tenders, winners and losers’ with Twist the Cap, a larger than life rendition that proved that no matter what quantity of alcohol had been sucked into their bodies, it definitely had not their sound.

Although saying that, considering that they describe themselves as drunk reggae, we would never hear them any other way.

Not ones to just stick to efforts from their latest album, they meshed tracks from several records, including 2012’s Late Night Insurrection, where by this time maverick frontman Geoff Lagadec looked like the only drink he had overdone was the coffee.

But it was their ska punk version of happy birthday for one of The Parish staff that was the surprise floor filler and pit starter of the night, it was only right to celebrate a birthday properly, after all.

Addressing the crowd at the end of the encore, Lagadec wanted to make it clear that for them the night had only just begun.

"We’ve got two days off now so please, don’t leave, you can’ t- you’ve got to come and get s**t-faced with us.”

Despite a long leg of touring, for the band and the lucky audiences who get to see them, every show is clearly just the start of a new party.

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