Music » Livewire

The Catheters

With Cherry Valence, Federation X, and the Chargers Street Gang. Sunday, August 18, at the Grog Shop.

by

comment
The Catheters
  • The Catheters
They're young, they're cute, and they play potent punkish rock that wears its easy-to-spot influences directly on its prep-school shirtsleeve. The group's Handsome Boy Modeling School singer croons druggily through lo-fi distortion, making teenage girls and rock critics swoon. Nope, it's not the Strokes; it's the Catheters, Seattle's alt-boy-band du jour. Most of today's hipster groups tote enough baggage to stock a Samsonite convention, so it's refreshing to hear kids whose knowledge of punk seems to start at Green Day and end with the Murder City Devils. Recorded during a marathon 36-hour session, the group's second effort, Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days, has all the sloppy charm and amphetamine clamor of the band's 1999 debut, with only marginally improved production. Strident garage anthems such as "I Fall Easy" and "Nothing" are so relentlessly urgent, so proudly unoriginal, that only the most die-hard cynic could snub them.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.