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Howling... It Grows and Grows
Sub Pop Records

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
With their third full length album mysteriously titled Howling... It Grows and Grows, the Catheters continue to develop and master their unapologetic, post-grunge, guitar-blazing sound with an ease and simplicity that was obviously missing from their first two albums. The Catheters are a true hardcore garage band that rely on the strength of their instruments rather than on putting their time and faith into fancy new pedals purchased from ads in the back of trashy heavy metal magazines.

The rockin' Sub Pop foursome power their way through eleven tracks of throbbing bass, fearless guitar riffs and steady, yet persistent, Dan Peters-like drumming. Lead singer Brian Standeford's hungry and straightforward vocals fight to be heard over the stylish wall of sound that sonically assaults the listener throughout the entire length of the album. Similar to early REM albums, Standeford's lyrics aren't important to the flow of the album; the rough-throated singer could scream about anything that pops into his head without having to worry about losing the adoration of his soon-to-be-growing fan base. Howling... It Grows and Grows leaves the listener content to follow the various tones and noises that escape Standeford's mouth rather than trying to figure out what he is actually singing about. The passion and conviction in the vocals are convincing enough that one only need to turn up the volume on the stereo and become further lost in the inherent power of the band.

When listening to the Catheters, it would be easy to draw comparisons to the Stooges, Murder City Devils and Seattle legends Mudhoney, but Howling... It Grows and Grows seems to be the Catheters' first real attempt to get away from the overwhelming Murder City Devils influence that haunted their last album, Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days. There is no shame in being influenced by other bands, but thankfully the Catheters are successful in making a name and sound that is specific to their own experiences without totally turning their backs on their musical heroes.

"Red Flags to White" is one track that is worth Howling... It Grows and Grows' price of admission alone. Guitarist Derek Mason opens the song with a perfect, spine-drilling riff that every sixteen year old with a newly purchased pawn shop guitar will be attempting to imitate by the end of summer. Wanna be music hipsters will be smugly shouting out this song title at the next Catheters show, if they are smart enough to attend.

It must be noted that producer John Goodmason, who produced albums for bands like Sleater-Kinney and Blonde Redhead, did a tremendous job assisting the band in creating a full and explosive sound that is guaranteed to burn through the listeners' ears. One can only hope that Goodmason and the Catheters will continue to work together on future trips to the studio.

The Catheters are a hardworking band that should find some well deserved commercial success and popularity with the release of Howling... It Grows and Grows. With the legendary Mark Arm loudly singing the band's praises, the quartet are anxiously poised to take over where Mudhoney has left off, leaving a noticeable sonic buzz in the ears and hearts of true music lovers everywhere. It's time to trade in your Strokes and Jet CD's and let the Catheters free you from the boredom and complacency that has recently infected your beloved CD accumulation.

Reviewed by Jason Pete
A contributing writer for LAS, Jason Pete lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. You know, where the casinos and prostitutes and stuff are.

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