"For every moment of despair on their latest album, the self-titled Porch Cat, there’s a balancing moment of hope. That hope usually comes from connecting with another person . . . This album is not just an airing of grievances. It’s a manual for finding joy in cruel places.
In “Reclaim,” the album’s opener, Benicki finds hope through self-empowerment in the aftermath of a toxic relationship. They encourage anyone who’s lost their sense of self to “Take the pieces you’ve found back, and reclaim.” With its buzzsaw guitars and upbeat drums, it’s an energizing pop-punk anthem. Don’t think that this album sticks to a single sound, though. There are slow-burn, grunge odes to queer loneliness like “Vampire.” There’s “Who I Am,” a spare acoustic song – which features pill bottles as percussion. There’s a garage-y anti-love-song love song, “The One You Love.”
Everything is tied together by Emily Ayden’s fiery, fuzzed out guitars. The sound recalls both classic punk and the lo-fi distortions of 90’s indie rock. These genres are traditionally dominated by straight white dudes, but on this album their rawness channels a radical, queer vulnerability."
- Iris Lux, Queerspace Magazine
Porch Cat is: Chan Barraza, Emily Ayden, Kaitlyn Fernandez