Photo of The Sewer Cats playing MPF2022 - Manchester Punk Festival


The Sewer Cats were so good at Manchester Punk Fest 2022 that we’re delighted to welcome them back for 2023. 

The Sewer Cats deliver angular, overdriven hardcore punk with feral riot-grrl vocals. As they progress as a band they only get wilder, exploring the darker limits of garage punk with glimmers of post-rock and doom. Lyrically, The Sewer Cats let rip on the catastrophe of our day-to-day reality, feminist issues, and an internal melee of grief and discontent. 

Following the release of their debut album Cute Aggression on TNSrecords, this power duo from Manchester have honed their savage, visceral live performance to deliver even more raw energy. We can’t wait.

MPF sat down with vocalist/drummer Cass Lily to ask 12 very important questions.

We’re excited to have you at MPF2023! What are you most excited about right now? 

We’re mega excited to hit the road with Alldeepends on our first European tour in November. We’ll be doing some UK dates before making our way around the mainland and hooking up with Forever Unclean in Copenhagen. The three bands will be finishing the tour at Book Yer Ane Fest at Conroy’s Basement in Dundee. We can’t wait!

What was the first gig you ever went to?

I’m not sure if it was the first, but one of the early ones was a punk all-dayer at The Welsh Harp in Gloucester. I was 13 or 14 and GBH and UK Subs were on the bill. I don’t remember much about the music because I had one too many Malibu and cokes and had to be taken home! 

What have you got in your pockets right now?


If you were a biscuit, what would you be and why?

A custard cream. A bit hard and uninteresting on the outside, soft on the inside. Rubbish when dunked in liquids. 

Photo of The Sewer Cats playing MPF2022 - Manchester Punk Festival

If you were on Mastermind, what would your specialist subject be?

Maybe a book like Dracula or The Great Gatsby. 

Who’s your favourite Dave?

Dave Cullern of Haest and Breakfast Punx Podcast fame.

Cats or dogs?

Do you have to ask? I was recently told about a parasite that makes you love cats even more. I think I have that parasite. Maybe I am that parasite?!

Red or blue?


Oasis or Blur?


Too much ska or too little ska?

Too much, sorry!

Roll / cob / bap / barm cake / batch / muffin / other (specify)? 

Butty, preferably a chip one. 

Where were you on 17-18th April 2015?

Nowhere as exciting as MPF. 

Finally, which bands are you most excited to see at MPF2022? 

So many! First you’ve got the classics like Wonk Unit, The Domestics and Casual Nausea. Then newer bands like Death Trails, Going Off, Electric Press and Comeback Clit. We’ve played with Comeback Clit a few times this year and they keep getting better and better; they’re definitely ones to watch. Kaddish blew me away at a previous BYAF, so I’d love to see them again. I’ve heard so many good things about Sniff too and have been enjoying the EPs. There’s still loads more bands to be announced, so no doubt I’ll be studying the program and adding more to this list come April. 

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