"Debutante, a sparkling album produced by Cait Brennan and Fernando Perdomo, is right up there with the great “drenched in blood, sweat & tears, leave everything on the table, conquer the world” albums like Against Me’s New Wave, Guns & Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, Green Day’s American Idiot and Smashing Pumpkins’ Gish."
"...the glorious, Debutante...from the crashing Pop thunder of “Good Morning And Goodnight” (think a desperate Harry Nilsson backed by a punkish ELO), to the White Album-era ballad of “Dear Arthur,” to the forlorn, Bowie-esque beauty of “Showman,” Debutante depicts an artist remarkably conversant with the last forty years of Pop, who is able to blend her influences and obsessions into one glimmering musical gem after another.
"Now that we have lost that glorious weirdo, David Bowie, it’s also nice to know that a new one, Cait Brennan, is hovering into view...Which feels like a bit of solace for those of us who felt Bowie’s loss so keenly. In other words, it’s nice to have a new songwriter out there, who is so … out there!" --Peter Gerstenzang, American Songwriter magazine, 2016-01-25
Debutante is one hell of a debut album. From the high fructose, upbeat balladry of “Once Upon A Nevermind” to the rich and soulful “Showman” (as a quick aside, you just don’t hear the word “defibrillators” enough in lyrics), Cait Brennan has made a glimmering record full of heart and hope and harmony. It’s a timeless album; joyful, clever, and wonderful. You owe it to yourself to hear her. - See more at: http://popshifter.com/2016-01-22/music-review-cait-brennan-debutante/#sthash.UbnDiFBl.rBszjRgD.dpuf
"(at first) I thought ‘Dear Arthur’ was something about a wayward ship captain or something," Brennan said, "his family left behind on some forgotten shore while he was out lost in a nor'easter on some zany sailor hijinks. I’ve never even set foot on a boat, so I have no idea why I was suddenly trying to become some low-rent fright-wig Gordon Lightfoot, jet-skiing out on lake Gitche Gumee. But I went with it.”
With Debutante less than three weeks away, there's a new documentary exploring Cait's hard-fought journey from hardship and tragedy to musical redemption. With over 40 songs and appearances from everybody from Laura Jane Grace to Weird Al, it's a must-see.
"In all those dark times, when I felt most lost and alone, music was what got me through," Cait said. "Big Star's Third, Hüsker Dü's Warehouse, Nick Drake, the Undertones, Bert Jansch. That music kept me alive. Kept me from giving up. I like to hope that maybe the songs I've made might mean that much to somebody else someday. That it might help somebody else to get through, when they're in that place. In those moments when you feel most alone, sometimes music can save your life. It saved mine."
"You can learn all the tricks of the trade...but only you can speak in your own voice about your own experience. When you learn to hear that and honor it, you’re doing something truly important. Sing the truth of your life. That’s everything."
"I had no idea that so many people would be so excited to hear music from me, that so many people would be moved enough by my story to want to buy in. We funded the initial goal in 69 hours and it's been growing ever since..."