Catalina Shortwave – Wax Ex-Static (E.P.)
(S/R – 2016)
New England based quintet who are totally DIY with members who have been at it as early as the 70’s in disco bands and also more recent thrash outfits – whatever pays the bills right?
Anyway, my tabs latched hold of their sound that is like The Who (Entwistle like Bass from Roy Scaturo and Drums a la Keith Moon from John Garvey especially on ‘The Devil You Know’) meets a vocal sound from David Rizzo not dissimilar to Arthur Brown & Captain Beefheart. Oh and the guitar work comes courtesy of Keith Morey & Marty Stauffer.
Other fanciable tracks include gutsy opener ‘Light You Up’ or the rollicking closer that is ‘Jennifer’s Paradise’ – those bass runs are mindblowing when they come in as part of the chorus.
By Glenn Milligan