catl, Soul Butchers, Kerry Fey
Friday, December 7, 8pm, $5
Rockin’ rhythm ‘n’ blues duo from Toronto
This “gruesome twosome” is a stripped down, juke-joint blues band that will make you drink n’ sweat til you can’t drink n’ sweat no more.
The latest full-length LP from Toronto’s catl. is their 5th release. The record represents the band in all their 2-piece glory. Primitive and rhythmically driving beats are the back bone for these dance-floor fillers that range from the love gone wrong, soul-saturated ‘Misunderstand’, to sing-a-long bangers like ‘Hot Baked Cornbread and Spice’. This is the stripped bare sound that their fans have been asking for. Guitar and drums, girl/boy vocals, with a side serving of harmonica, recall a simpler time when people believed in the ultimate rewards of drinking liquor, dancing, and getting’ dirty. Recorded in Memphis and Toronto, and mastered by Detroit’s garage rock wonderkind Jim Diamond, ‘Bide My Time Until I Die…’ is a collection of 9 original rockers with one gospel song, ‘Keys to the Kingdom’, tossed in to help all the Saturday night sinners repent and overcome their Sunday morning’s regrets.
“The band’s often lumped into the Deep Blues scene for their combination of vintage Mississippi Delta sounds with punk rock bombast. If you’re familiar with the Black Diamond Heavies, Left Lane Cruiser, or Cedric Burnside, we’re in that ballpark.” – punknews.org
“Celebrating a decade of touring their country-fried garage rock party to all corners of the world, Bide my time until I die isn’t just another lo-fi hoedown. Recorded in more than 3 different facilities (Sam Phillips in Memphis, Revolution in Toronto, and Sonology in the west end of Toronto), if the tracks on the album feel sharply familiar, it’s has everything to do with the state of Mississippi which has been a long-standing influence on the band.
“I’ve always been fascinated that this small, largely rural state that is predominantly populated by black folks produces such a rich, diverse and influential foundation for music for decades,” Flemming explains. “The music made more sense to me once we were able to experience the pace of living, the landscape and how people practiced their art in the area.” Perhaps the best part of Bide my time until is the band’s eagerness to question the tropes of rock music, giving their songs a degree of introspection that is sometimes uncharacteristic of music this fun. While “Cocaine Blues” tackles the downside of a good time, and “Misunderstand” is a rallying call for change in the industry, each track encourages listeners to grapple with the weight of the themes they tackle by channeling the spirit of classic CBGB’s intensity, and a good-old-fashioned hootenanny.” – On the A-Side
“A big city duo with an eye for the wide-open countryside, catl is a breed apart when it comes to your typical stomp and holler outfits. Recently returned from a run of U.S. tour dates that saw them shaking the BBQ shacks and juke joints en route to the Deep Blues Festival in Mississippi, this punk raucous couple’s take on musical hybridization offers a vigourous alternative to bovine domesticity.” – Beat Route
“…they’re as high-energy as ever, reaching the same breakneck, punk heights as they do live.” – NOW Magazine
Here’s a couple of videos from the new album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nl9WA9Vm0k
And an older one: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP92t4JEB8c
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