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Catch 22
Dinosaur Sounds
Victory Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
About ten years ago I would have probably been more than happy to receive a CD like Catch 22's Dinosaur Sounds. Crack it open and spin it for hours on end, because I really dig that ska-punk sound, with the upbeats and the trumpet, trombone and saxomophone, I mean saxophone. But in all honesty a good portion of the ska-punk, or ska-core, or whatever the heck you wish to call it genre has become tired and off-putting.

At first listen it seems a few seconds in that maybe this might be a different effort, something that might be more mature, more listenable. But after those first few seconds the horns kick in alongside the rough guitars and it all sounds eerily similar to not just any ska band I've heard, but also following the pop punk route already mapped out by a lot of sub-par bands (in my opinion the Descendents handle pop-punk the best and these guys don't quite hold a candle to Milo and friends).

Four tracks in and the opening guitar and horns on "Motown Cinderella" and I suddenly found myself humming the first few lines from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' "Impression That I Get", a song quite popular on radio quite a few years back, and although this song switches gears a little bit after that it was hard to get that initial impression out of my head. Keep listening and maybe that rare hidden gem will appear. For a moment I believed it would be "Chasing the Moon", but then it erupts into a by the numbers pop punk ditty and quite frankly left a wretched taste in my mouth.

Catch 22 is probably a favorite of your local Hot Topic manager and quite frankly every young kid who still thinks the Warped Tour is the hottest ticket in town. In naming their album Dinosaur Sounds, in a clever homage to the Beach Boys classic Pet Sounds, they have only left an all too easy joke in that I wish that all of this tired and soulless ska sound would go the way of the dinosaur. But hey, I'm not eighteen anymore.

Reviewed by Jake M. Rizy
A contributing writer for LAS who lives in Arlington, Texas.

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