Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Review: Catfight - In Stereo

Label: self-released

Released: September 30, 2008

While the album art for Catfight's In Stereo is totally 80s (like, totally), their music spends an awful lot of time in the sixties as well. Eschewing all that is delicate, everything about their songs is based on their simple deliberate rhythms. They don't waste time with frivolities like riffs or solos.

The album starts off with two flat out garage rockers, but takes an angular turn into neo-new wave on "Ready Steady Go" (despite the name, intentionally or not, referencing the British pop music program from the 60s). The album finishes up with "Sheila," a dark, slightly more ethereal new wave tune that is easily their broadest song. Despite being a duo with only guitar and drums to accompany their voices, they sound nothing like the White Stripes or Black Keys who share that odd configuration.

Catfight doesn't cover any ground that hasn't already been remade by the likes of the Strokes and Franz Ferdinand earlier in the decade. They are however intimately involved in their music, writing, performing and producing. Plus, the angles they take are interesting and that makes In Stereo more fun than many of the other bands crowding the field.

Satriani: 6/10
Zappa: 6/10
Dylan: 6/10
Aretha: 6/10
Overall: 6/10



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