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Catalina Shortwave sent us over a preview of their second album “Radio Voodoo” and it a must for any serious audiophile!  Let dig into this treasure track by track.  There are 7 tracks on this album and each on builds upon the last nicely making this a must for true rock fans everywhere.

Track 1 “Your Old Letters” is the perfect start for this album.  It has a raw and unapologetic sound to it.  The vocals on the track are edgy and meet the backing instrumentation that is just as raw and powerful.  This track sets the tone and will lure you in to want more.

Track 2 “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” picks up the pace and lays it down hard.  The power of this track is excellent.  The chorus is catchy and the edginess of this one is bar none.

Track 3 “Breakaway” slows it back down to a bluesy and gritty pace.  This is an epic track with all the elements of a classic.  The power comes in right on time and the riff is so addictive that you will want to blast this one loud.

Track 4 “Darkstar” Has a bass riff that hooks you in and the honesty of this one is next to nothing.

Track 5 “Anne Boleyen” is a catchy song that could be a huge hit on the radio.  The song paints a sonic picture of youthful energy that will get you moving and shaking.

Track 6 “Black & Blue” has such an infectiously raw power that will smack you right between the ears.  This track keeps the energy of this album on 11 with it’s great power.

Track 7 “Blood Orange” is the perfect finale to this great second album from a band that has all the seasons and accents that will catch most rock lovers.

Overall VeryCoolTunes and its staff highly recommend “Radio Voodoo” to all serious rock fans.

 

 

 

 

 

Band links:

http://www.catalinashortwave.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catalina-Shortwave/667144919966061

http://twitter.com/CatalinaShrtwav

 

CONTACT:           Catalina Shortwave

c/o Devil’s Den Word & Image, 5 Still Hollow Place, Ridgefield CT, U.S.A. 06877

manager@catalinashortwave.com

david@catalinashortwave.com

 

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Catalina Shortwave - Radio Voodoo: Songs From The Dark End Of The Dial

Catalina Shortwave | Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial


Catalina Shortwave, are a diverse Rock 'N' Roll five piece band, that started in 2013, releasing their debut, 'Repeater' in 2014. Then they hit again with their sophomore release,  'Radio Voodoo: Songs From The Dark End Of The Dial' in 2015.

'Your Old Letters' is a true and solid bluesy rock number, showcasing vocalist, David Rizzo's smooth yet fierce demanding authoritative vocals. We are graced with some serious impressive guitar work and solo from Marty Stauffer and Keith Morey. The whole song is dripping with style and is a great way to start and introduce their sound.

'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow' picks up the pace, with some interesting melodies and rhythms, which are all as slick as hell, featuring catchy riffs and crashing drums. This has a chilled sexy laid back feel at times, especially in the cool straight talking stripped down section, with some unexpected punk inspired riffs for good measure.

'Breakaway' slows things down again in this gritty sensual pure rock, with memorable riffs and well written lyrics, not to mention one classy guitar solo yet again.

'Darkstar' opens on some groovy bass, making for a big impact with emphasised parts for effect, aided by the strong gravelly soaring vocals and chord structures. This features some of the best instrumental sections also, highlighting their strong musicianship skills more-so.

Next we have a song about 'Anne Boleyn', the second wife of King Henry VIII. This has a different more mainstream pop feel, with bouncy fast riffs and more clever lyrics to help portray the tale of Anne, and Henry's behaviour towards her, and his other wives. This is delivered in a very catchy upbeat manner, quite strangely. This is a must hear historical lesson!

'Black & Blue' is the heaviest offering, with tonnes of brilliant swagger, and attitude in a extremely catchy rock package, with an old school vibe. So we reach the end with, 'Blood Orange', which is a swooning number, with a slightly sombre feel also. It is quite intimate, helped by an ambient/atmospheric sound, and features beautiful far reaching female vocals to help further stand out, potentially making this the best song yet. This is a great stripped back and delicate way to end this changeable release.

This is a highly enjoyable release which is full of flair and attitude, that embraces many different moods and genres in a seamless fashion. Their sound touches on blues, rock 'n' roll, hard rock, punk, and soul elements, giving them a brilliant signature style. The fact that they incorporate so much, makes this an album that anyone can be taken by, with their dark and alluring 'voodoo' curse. You will easily become bewitched by Catalina Shortwave!


http://www.catalinashortwave.com/

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Catalina
Shortwave – Radio Voodoo: Songs from The Dark End of the DialRising from humble beginnings in a
basement, Catalina Shortwave have certainly come a long way. The first release
for the five-piece came in 2014, with ‘Repeater’ rising from chilled basement
sessions and a meager budget. It was a raw, lo-fi explosion that shone with a
brilliant DIY energy and announced the band as straight-shooting rock and roll
giants.Only a year on, and Catalina Shortwave have
surfaced once again, bringing from the basement their second LP ‘Radio Voodoo:
Songs from the Dark End of the Dial’, an offering that has been smoothed by
more professional production, but still sings loudly with the same sense of
immediacy and passion.Comprised of seven brooding rock anthems
that culminates in a ten-minute epic, ‘Radio Voodoo’ is a direct assault of
clean cut, vintage rock. Heavy guitar riffs, gruff yet somehow melodic vocals,
and crashing percussion; it’s an album that revisits solid ideas and transcribes
anthemic nostalgia into modern rock. It’s hardly a reinvention of the genre,
but what Catalina Shortwave do offer is solid, unabashed rock and roll that
will certainly keep fans of the genre talking for some time.Rating:
7 out of 10Anthem:
DarkstarBand links:http://www.catalinashortwave.comhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Catalina-Shortwave/667144919966061 http://twitter.com/CatalinaShrtwav

Catalina Shortwave – Radio Voodoo: Songs from The Dark End of the Dial

Rising from humble beginnings in a basement, Catalina Shortwave have certainly come a long way. The first release for the five-piece came in 2014, with ‘Repeater’ rising from chilled basement sessions and a meager budget. It was a raw, lo-fi explosion that shone with a brilliant DIY energy and announced the band as straight-shooting rock and roll giants.

Only a year on, and Catalina Shortwave have surfaced once again, bringing from the basement their second LP ‘Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial’, an offering that has been smoothed by more professional production, but still sings loudly with the same sense of immediacy and passion.

Comprised of seven brooding rock anthems that culminates in a ten-minute epic, ‘Radio Voodoo’ is a direct assault of clean cut, vintage rock. Heavy guitar riffs, gruff yet somehow melodic vocals, and crashing percussion; it’s an album that revisits solid ideas and transcribes anthemic nostalgia into modern rock. It’s hardly a reinvention of the genre, but what Catalina Shortwave do offer is solid, unabashed rock and roll that will certainly keep fans of the genre talking for some time.

  • Rating: 7 out of 10
  • Anthem: Darkstar

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Album Review: Catalina Shortwave – “Radio Voodoo – Songs From The Dark End of the Dial”
By Zachary S. Valladon

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Catalina Shortwave’s 2015 album, Radio Voodoo could be described with the aged turn-of- phrase, “good ole’ fashioned Rock n’ Roll” just as easily as it could be described by what it is in actuality: fresh, fun and heavy-hitting.

From the opening riff of “Your Old Letters” to the ambient strumming on “Blood Orange” (which, to me, is reminiscent of The Eagles’ “Hotel California”) I am absolutely captivated by this record.

I have to begin by commending Vocalist/Lyricist, David Rizzo, for his mastery of the craft. The way that his voice operates alongside the instrumental elements of this album are clearly representative of, not only the chemistry between the members of Catalina Shortwave, but also

of his dedication to the quality of his vocal recordings – the power of these vocal takes is a tell all -- he spent a lot of time in the booth trying to get it just right. I respect that.

I can speak equally highly of the instrumentals. What I am most impressed with, perhaps, is the fact that, while one song might remind me of an Aerosmith jam, another will give me some fresher Green Day/Punk vibes. I will always admire elements of versatility in any record, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint.

If you want to hear exactly what I’m talking about, give “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” a listen – the percussively led banger of an intro to this song is more than an adequate hook. Can you feel the sweat dripping off of John Garvey’s punk-influenced browline yet? Stick around for an extremely solid and poetic laydown from Rizzo, who, himself, says that he is “[influenced] by punk and classic metal vocalists.”

At the moment, I’ve listened through this release in its entirety about 2 and a half times, and my current favorite song is “Darkstar,” – a track that is as progressive as it is simple. This track is, in my mind, the clearest demonstration of the musical connection between guitarists Keith Morey and Martin Stauffer.

If you’re a fan of the ever-thumping bassline, you’ll probably favor a song like “Anne Boleyn,” in which Roy Scaturo is given his best opportunity to shine. I’m also getting a serious The Killers vibe from this song on my second go-around. The dynamic influence on this album becomes ever-clearer as you engage with it on an analytical level.

Despite this, I cannot stress enough how refreshingly individual this album is to me. It’s been quite a while since I’ve felt truly confident in saying that I’m listening to an album that is, more than anything, defined by the unique sound that it conveys. It’s both easy-listening and thought provoking – a relaxing cup of tea and a can of Red Bull at the same time. With little to no reservation, I can say that if Catalina Shortwave follows up Radio Voodoo in 2016 with an album that’s HALF as good, we’re going to be in for a real treat.

You can pick this 5/5 record up on CDBaby – and I highly encourage you to do so. This is an unsigned band that’s going to be making waves with any material that they put out. Keep your eye on them. 

Entertwine

Catalina Shortwave, Ready For 3rd Full Length Release

As with a lot of rock bands, Catalina Shortwave started in a basement. So what’s special here? Well, for starters, this was a basement in New England, in winter. Unless you’re well heeled, that means it was very, very cold. And very, very wet. That is how Catalina Shortwave started. Cold, wet, and penniless. Their first release, 2014’s Repeater, was produced in a chilled basement on the barest of budgets, which is a nice way of saying that everything they used to make it was begged for, borrowed, or stolen. Repeater was lo-fi and raw, but the band’s songwriting and its strong performances shined.  Now comes Catalina Shortwave with its second release, Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial, an offering that brings together the pluses of professional production with the immediacy and honesty of the best of DIY. As Catalina Shortwave continues to tour the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States to promote Radio Voodoo, they have been hard at work recording their next release, due early 2016.   New avenues will be explored, they say, both as to themes and to their songwriting. Radio Voodoocan be purchased online at Amazon.com, iTunes, CD Baby and all other major distribution outlets. Physical copies of their releases are available at Amazon, CD Baby and at their performances. We caught up with Catalina Shortwave since we interviewed them last in 2014, and it seems as if things are constantly growing for the band – enjoy our interview with guitarist, Martin Stauffer of Catalina Shortwave exclusively here on ET!

Entertwine: Glad to hear from you all again! Whats new since we last spoke with you? Since we’ve gotten a pretty strong following as a result of constantly playing the club scene in NYC, Brooklyn and Queens, we felt the time was right to drop our 2nd album, “Radio Voodoo” and really start riding the wave.

Tell us about the record you released this past fall? I would assume the response has been great considering you’re headed for release #3! “Radio Voodoo” was written in the spring of ’15, recorded in June, and was released September 29th. We did our first album, “REPEATER”, in Dave’s basement straight into Logic Pro. “Radio Voodoo” was done in a professional studio, with a pro at the desk, and was mixed and mastered  by top people in the industry. We funded a large part of it by online crowdfunding, which was really successful.  The response has been unreal. We’re getting both internet and terrestrial radio play, the fans at shows are really into it- like, singing along into it. Show attendance is up, venues and agencies are coming to us to play, and people are buying the record. We just got out first royalty check; that was pretty awesome.

You’re currently working on your third release set for February, what can listeners expect? How does it differ from the first two? We felt like we needed to dive right back into the deep end of the pool again, and we felt a followup EP was the best way to do it. We had new songs, and we rerecorded a couple from “REPEATER”. There’s a huge release party scheduled at the end of February at a major venue in NYC. There are three new tracks on the EP- One’s a flat-out rocker, one really features our drummer, John Garvey, and one’s really, really spacey.

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In between recording, you’ve been busy playing shows. Tell us how that run went! Do you have a tour planned around the upcoming 3rd release? Over the last year and a half, we’re averaging almost one show a week, somewhere. We’re really staying visible, but without saturating markets. We want the shows to really be events- and they are. We’re doing NYC-style showcases in a venue in CT, and that’s gone so well that we’re currently in the middle of a seven month residency there. That’s amazing. It gets original rock out to the people, and we get to work with some of the best bands in the NY area. We have a run coming up that’ll have us at some of the best venues in the Northeast every Saturday night for about two months. We’re booking into the late spring and summer of ’16 now.

Which track would you say is your personal favorite off the upcoming record, and why? When can listeners expect the new album out?  That’s hard to answer. It’s like “Who’s your favorite child?” But if you’re cornering me, I’d have to say “Astroboy”. Kind of psychedelic sludge space-rock. The scheduled release date is February 27th, 2016, and the party is going to be at The Delancey in NYC. We have two of our favorite bands on the bill with us- Castle Black and Mora Tau. They’re literally our best friends in the NYC indie rock community.

We’re living the dream. I play guitar in one of the hottest bands around. You know, success can be defined in a lot of different ways, and it means different things to different people. To me, success is getting to do what I love to do- and I love what I’m doing. That we’re making a few bucks is nice, but I’d still do it for free because I love it so much. And a fourth album is in the works!

Connect With Catalina Shortwave:
http://www.catalinashortwave.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catalina-Shortwave/667144919966061
http://twitter.com/CatalinaShrtwav

 

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Catalina Shortwave - Radio Voodoo 

Catalina Shortwave’s “Radio Voodoo” is pure raw punk rock energy. With a delightful edge to it everything simply works. From the intensity of David Rizzo’s vocals to the two-pronged attack of Martin Stauffer and Keith Morey on guitars, the entirety of “Radio Voodoo” is an absolute blast. The guitars attack and soar in all the right places. Giving the songs a powerful pulse is the physicality of Catalina Shortwave’s rhythm section, courtesy of Roy Scaturo on bass and John Garvey’s indomitable drumming. 
Wasting no time they dive deep into the thick of things with “Anne Boleyn”. Referencing history the song is a clever mix of history with a nice edge to it. Staying true to their hard rock sound is the infectious work of “Black & Blue”. Guitars are particularly perfect on here as the riffing is incredible and the hard-hitting drums with John Garvey driving the song forward. Serving as the eye of storm is the dreamy psychedelic swirl of “Blood Orange”. Keeping things restrained the song is atmospheric in tone. David Rizzo’s lyricism tells a story of an outcast and does so tenderly. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” lives up to its name traveling at a breakneck speed, leaving all else behind. Funkier in tone is passionate work of “Breakaway”. Bringing the whole thing to a close is the album highlight “Your Old Letters” maintaining a careful balance between the chaotic and the controlled. 
“Radio Voodoo” shows off Catalina Shortwave’s fantastic range and emotionally powerful work. It is a true work of art. 

Best of all the entire album can be found right here

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Exclusive Interview with Catalina Shortwave

 

As with many rock bands, Catalina Shortwave’s story starts in a basement.  So what’s special here?

Well, for starters, this was a basement in New England, in winter.  Unless you’re well heeled, that means it was very, very cold.  And very, very wet.  That is how Catalina Shortwave started.  Cold, wet, and penniless.  Their first release, 2014’s Repeater, was produced in a chilled basement on the barest of budgets, which is a nice way of saying that everything they used to make it was begged for, borrowed, or stolen.  Repeater was lo-fi and raw, but the band’s songwriting and its strong performances shined.

Now comes Catalina Shortwave with its second release, Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial, an offering that brings together the pluses of professional production with the immediacy and honesty of the best of DIY.

Catalina Shortwave is based in western Connecticut, U.S.A.  Radio Voodoo is a collection of 7 new songs delivered with the band’s characteristic emotional intensity, exploring dark themes of love and betrayal, longing and loss in a manner that is both intelligent and accessible – such as with `Anne Boleyn,’ a punkish rocker told from the perspective of Boleyn’s jilted lover, who mourns her decision to marry King Henry but is not too unhappy that things haven’t worked out for her as planned.  It is a familiar story, but the band turns to history to tell it.

David Rizzo (words and vocals), Martin Stauffer (guitars), Keith Morey (guitars), Roy Scaturo (bass guitar) and John Garvey (drums) all live in or around hilly Ridgefield, Connecticut, where for the past two years they have been creating, rehearsing and recording their music in a roomy log cabin-looking studio in the New England woods.  And when not there, Catalina Shortwave can be caught playing clubs all over their home state and just-within-reach New York City, with occasional junkets elsewhere, bringing their supercharged and riveting live shows to the growing base of rockers, punks, metalheads and even lovers of the blues and soul that are drawn to something fresh and yet familiar in their sound.  To the initiated this comes as no surprise, for Catalina Shortwave are veteran musicians who’ve played in touring disco bands in the 70s (Roy), thrashcore bands a bit more recently (John), and a slew of other known or obscure outfits spanning punk to country-rock to power metal (everyone else).

As Catalina Shortwave continues to tour the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States to promote Radio Voodoo, they have been hard at work recording their next release, due early 2016.   New avenues will be explored, they say, both as to themes and to their songwriting.  Radio Voodoo can be purchased online at Amazon.com, iTunes, CD Baby and all other major distribution outlets.  Physical copies of their releases are available at Amazon, CD Baby and at their performances.

Exclusive Interview:

Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?

 Keith Morey:  Shelton, CT. I’ve always been big into music, it’s the only thing that I really take seriously. I’m a music fan first before anything, I love concerts and seeing live music but there wasn’t much going on musically around here that interested me so I decided to try and do something about it.

Exposed Vocals: How did you come up with that name? What was your inspiration behind it?

David Rizzo: Its not really a thing, its just intended to evoke an image – a desert horizon, the western sky, a desert radio station, a person out in no-man’s land positioned between a troubled past and an unknown future and this radio station pumps out this music and gives form and shape to a whirlwhind of emotion inside.

Exposed Vocals: What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?

Keith Morey: I do not agree with music sharing.  I consider it stealing.  If a band wants to make some of their music free to promote themselves that is fine but it should be totally up to the band and the band only. It is their product, it what they produce.  They put their time, money and energy to create something and some people think it is ok to take it for free.  It’s not.  It hurts the artist’s ability to support themselves and their craft, and it hurts the overall quality of the music.

Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?

David Rizzo:  Yes, make your own luck.  And get to know as many people like yourself as possible, keep expanding your circle.

Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?

David Rizzo:  We all do from time to time.  We take having fun very seriously.  What that means is that while performing is about that transcendent joy, that stepping outside your normal self and making a connection with the music and the audience, after a gig we will assess how things could have been better, how to correct any errors.

Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?

David Rizzo:  My days of piling into the van and living on Spaghetti-Os are over.  I don’t have that kind of life anymore, but we play regularly in clubs in New York City and our home state and occasionally elsewhere, so its regional touring.  Online, of course we try to reach farther.

Exposed Vocals: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

Keith Morey: Well I listen to music constantly so I’m always inspired by that.  Usually I just sit down with my guitar and start fiddling around.  After a while I’ll come up with some riff that I like and just kind of build it from there.  I usually record it onto my iPad and send it to Dave who comes up with the lyrics.

Exposed Vocals: Do you have a band website? What online platforms do you use to share your music?

David Rizzo:  We’re at catalinashortwave dot com.  We have a presence on the usual suspects – Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud.  It’s a handful to keep it all up to date and active.  I’d like to see a platform geared totally towards musicians where you can manage all this stuff from one portal.

Exposed Vocals: What are some really embarrassing songs that we might find on your mp3 player?

 David Rizzo:  The list is long.  I like a lot of the singer-songwriter stuff from the seventies.  There was a heightened attention to songcraft and for me a lot of those songs are packed with nostalgia.  So you’ll find Olivia Newton John, David Gates.  I should probably stop there.

Exposed Vocals: If you were given half a million dollars and a year off, what would you do? How would you spend it?

 Keith Morey:  I would buy a whole lot of great gear and build my own studio, or just travel around going to a different concert every night.

Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?

 David Rizzo:  We rehearse, write, and record in a studio in the woods in my hometown.  It’s worked great for us so far.

Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?

David Rizzo: You have to make every dollar count.  We try to reach people who we know are in our ballpark in terms of their tastes, whether its online or by putting our own shows together with other bands.  It’s a combination of grass roots and social media.

Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?

I would play the The Garden with a supergroup of Eric Clapton, Chris Robinson, Ginger Baker Jack Bruce and Elton John.

Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?

David Rizzo:  We’re in the middle of preparing a new release for early 16.  These days, you can put out a release with three, four, or seven songs every few months, instead of one 15 song compilation every year.

Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?

David Rizzo:  Thinking about making music.

Exposed Vocals: Do you remember buying your first album? Who was it? What was going through your head?

David Rizzo:  My first album was a compilation album of the hits of the summer of 1974, ordered through a TV advertisement.  My mother ordered it for me.  I was five.  I still have it.

Exposed Vocals: How do you juggle the rest of your responsibilities while trying to stay ahead in your music life?

David Rizzo: Organizational skills.  I write everything down, dates, commitments, daily, weekly, monthly.  There is simply no way I could juggle being a musician, a family, being a lawyer (which is what I do during the day), and brushing my teeth if I did it all from memory.  No way in hell.

Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in 2016?

Keith Morey: Another killer rock album from Catalina Shortwave.

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CATALINA SHORTWAVE – RADIO VOODOO – SONGS FROM THE DARK END OF THE DIAL

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Based in western Connecticut, Catalina Shortwave spends a lot of time in the New England woods, and it shows in their music’s refreshingly organic tone. With their new album “Radio Voodoo – Songs From the Dark End of the Soul,” you get the idea right away with the opening jam, “Your Old Letters.” This is just good old fashioned, homegrown rock n’ roll. 

The best way to describe their sound is that it would not seem out of place on the soundtrack to any mid to late 80s horror movie(think “The Wraith” with Charlie Sheen.) That is of course, a good thing. Connecticut and New England bands tend to trend toward indie or hipster aesthetic. Catalina Shortwave give off more of a veteran, musician vibe. The vocals stand out in particular. The singer, David Rizzo, can really sing. I’m talking Iron Maiden quality here singing here. You won’t find a bunch of autotune or pitch correction on these recordings. The guitars have the perfect amount of distortion and have achieved that tube-warmth tone every audiophile is on a quixotic quest for.

My favorite track on the album is Darkstar, an action packed track which perfectly encapsulates this style of music.

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Catalina Shortwave



As with many rock bands, Catalina Shortwave’s story starts in a basement.  So what’s special here?

Well, for starters, this was a basement in New England, in winter.  Unless you’re well heeled, that means it was very, very cold.  And very, very wet.  That is how Catalina Shortwave started.  Cold, wet, and penniless.  Their first release, 2014’s Repeater, was produced in a chilled basement on the barest of budgets, which is a nice way of saying that everything they used to make it was begged for, borrowed, or stolen.  Repeater was lo-fi and raw, but the band’s songwriting and its strong performances shined.   
Now comes Catalina Shortwave with its second release, Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial, an offering that brings together the pluses of professional production with the immediacy and honesty of the best of DIY. 

Catalina Shortwave is based in western Connecticut, U.S.A.  Radio Voodoo is a collection of 7 new songs delivered with the band’s characteristic emotional intensity, exploring dark themes of love and betrayal, longing and loss in a manner that is both intelligent and accessible – such as with `Anne Boleyn,’ a punkish rocker told from the perspective of Boleyn’s jilted lover, who mourns her decision to marry King Henry but is not too unhappy that things haven’t worked out for her as planned.  It is a familiar story, but the band turns to history to tell it.



David Rizzo (words and vocals), Martin Stauffer (guitars), Keith Morey (guitars), Roy Scaturo (bass guitar) and John Garvey (drums) all live in or around hilly Ridgefield, Connecticut, where for the past two years they have been creating, rehearsing and recording their music in a roomy log cabin-looking studio in the New England woods.  And when not there, Catalina Shortwave can be caught playing clubs all over their home state and just-within-reach New York City, with occasional junkets elsewhere, bringing their supercharged and riveting live shows to the growing base of rockers, punks, metalheads and even lovers of the blues and soul that are drawn to something fresh and yet familiar in their sound.  To the initiated this comes as no surprise, for Catalina Shortwave are veteran musicians who’ve played in touring disco bands in the 70s (Roy), thrashcore bands a bit more recently (John), and a slew of other known or obscure outfits spanning punk to country-rock to power metal (everyone else).  

As Catalina Shortwave continues to tour the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States to promote Radio Voodoo, they have been hard at work recording their next release, due early 2016.   New avenues will be explored, they say, both as to themes and to their songwriting.  Radio Voodoo can be purchased online at Amazon.com, iTunes, CD Baby and all other major distribution outlets.  Physical copies of their releases are available at Amazon, CD Baby and at their performances. 

Band links:
http://www.catalinashortwave.com 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catalina-Shortwave/667144919966061 
http://twitter.com/CatalinaShrtwav
https://soundcloud.com/catalina-shortwave
http://www.reverbnation.com/catalinashortwave
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/catalina-shortwave/id886825724?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/catalinashortwave

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CATALINA SHORTWAVEROCK, ALTERNATIVE, HARD ROCK

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CATALINA SHORTWAVE, as with many rock bands, their story starts in a basement. So what’s special here? Well, for starters, this was a basement in New England, in winter. Unless you’re well heeled, that means it was very, very cold. And very, very wet. That is how Catalina Shortwave started. Cold, wet, and penniless. Their first release, 2014’s Repeater, was produced in a chilled basement on the barest of budgets, which is a nice way of saying that everything they used to make it was begged for, borrowed, or stolen. Repeater was lo-fi and raw, but the band’s songwriting and its strong performances shined. Now comes Catalina Shortwave with its second release, Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial, an offering that brings together the pluses of professional production with the immediacy and honesty of the best of DIY.

Catalina Shortwave is based in western Connecticut, U.S.A. Radio Voodoo is a collection of 7 new songs delivered with the band’s characteristic emotional intensity, exploring dark themes of love and betrayal, longing and loss in a manner that is both intelligent and accessible – such as with `Anne Boleyn,’ a punkish rocker told from the perspective of Boleyn’s jilted lover, who mourns her decision to marry King Henry but is not too unhappy that things haven’t worked out for her as planned. It is a familiar story, but the band turns to history to tell it.

David Rizzo (words and vocals), Martin Stauffer (guitars), Keith Morey (guitars), Roy Scaturo (bass guitar) and John Garvey (drums) all live in or around hilly Ridgefield, Connecticut, where for the past two years they have been creating, rehearsing and recording their music in a roomy log cabin-looking studio in the New England woods. And when not there, Catalina Shortwave can be caught playing clubs all over their home state and just-within-reach New York City, with occasional junkets elsewhere, bringing their supercharged and riveting live shows to the growing base of rockers, punks, metalheads and even lovers of the blues and soul that are drawn to something fresh and yet familiar in their sound. To the initiated this comes as no surprise, for Catalina Shortwave are veteran musicians who’ve played in touring disco bands in the 70s (Roy), thrashcore bands a bit more recently (John), and a slew of other known or obscure outfits spanning punk to country-rock to power metal (everyone else).

As Catalina Shortwave continues to tour the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States to promote Radio Voodoo, they have been hard at work recording their next release, due early 2016. New avenues will be explored, they say, both as to themes and to their songwriting. Radio Voodoo can be purchased online at Amazon.com, iTunes, CD Baby and all other major distribution outlets. Physical copies of their releases are available at Amazon, CD Baby and at their performances.

Catalina Shortwave

Rock, Alternative, Hard Rock
From: Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA

Label: Unsigned
Site: www.catalinashortwave.com

Band Members

  • David Rizzo – Vocals, Words
  • Keith Morey – Guitars
  • Martin Stauffer – Guitars
  • Roy Scaturo – Bass Guitar
  • John Garvey – Drums

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Where True Grit Gets You 

Published Dec. 29, 2015 --written by Megan Check

Catalina Shortwave rose from a cold, damp New England basement to prove the DIY method is producing some of the best music in the industry today. Their second album Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial is a seven track eclectic mix of hard rock, blues and heavy guitar with southern country vibes. “Your Old Letters” starts off like a Government Mule record with heavy blues sounding guitar and steady rhythm while the vocals exhibit a hint of at Ozzy in his prime. The song reminds me of one of my favorite classic country tunes, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” if George Jones sang rock and included anthemic guitar riffs in his songs. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow “ takes us into new territory with spoken word beats. Catalina Shortwave certainly captures the essence of blues rock storytelling while keeping it fresh. My favorite track on the album is “Anne Boleyn,” a punk rock inspired tale of love and betrayal. The ever-changing landscape of the album grabs hold of the listener as the stadium-worthy guitar riffs remain constant throughout every song. 
Catalina Shortwave has since moved from the New England basement to tour in clubs throughout their home state of Connecticut, New York and beyond as their reach continues to grow. It’s no surprise either, considering these guys come from varied musical backgrounds playing in bands that range anywhere from disco in the 70s, thrash-core, punk, power metal and country. While they continue to tour and promote Radio Voodoo, the band is also hard at work on their next album set to be released in 2016. 
These music veterans are proof you are never too old to rock, offering a diverse mix of sounds that even the most obstinate of listeners can enjoy. Radio Voodoo is available for purchase through CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and other major music distribution outlets. My advice--go see these guys live. It’s sure to be a amplified, electric night filled with rock and riffs you will feel clear through to your bones. Sample a track on our Music page. Click the image below to be redirected to CDBaby.






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The Examiner

SKOPE

Indeed many feel solid musicianship is a dying art form in music as Power Pop and Rap dominate the airwaves with music that is for the most part – well not very real. But regardless of how you feel about Pop, or even Rap strong musicianship has remained strong and resultant over the years primarily in Jazz. However I must admit there is a resurgence of this type of music in bands like Dave Matthews Band, Phish and Tool. As a result its subsequent movements cannot be denied its place in our world. So I’m willing to give the latest CD “repeater” by Catalina Shortwave a good and proper spin.

Connecticut based 4 piece Catalina Shortwave is a band that thumbs its nose at genres. Regardless of this, their latest release entitled “Repeater” is one the more unique and unorthodox success stories stemming from the East Coast. These 4 have been beating the pavement, touring around the region thus making a name for themselves around that area with his old school rock sound and “live and loud” antics. The strong melodies and ethereal vocals on “Repeater” envelop the listener in mystery of all things Rock n’ Roll related. Musical comparables for me are: Joe Walsh, Lynard Skynard, The Outlaws and Kansas. The album feels like a slow, groovy dream, where you never know what to expect round the next bend, and when you wake up, you’re not quite sure of exactly what just happened.’ Looking at the cover art renders a mysterious, thought provoking towery first impression. This true to form return of crazy writing style rock from the 70’s around insane lyrics and playing style with a Progressive feel that flows. It’s passionate, intricate music but goes well beyond decent chops. You can tell 2 minutes into Track 1 “Don’t Never Take Your Love Away” via the rough and tumble sound, straight forward retro-rock playing, and well-honed movement you might be in for something special. Track 2 “Annie Boleyn” should be a song featured on a Video Game and “Running on Vapor” is freaking off the hook. Every track, every arrangement, every note on this album is seamlessly blend of the Catalina Shortwave musical craft. It’s really testament to who they are – themselves. It’s obvious that there’s probably a cult fanbase out there totally in love with these 4 right now. In fact I will admit I love this band and everything they attempts to sing and represent – casual observations. Remember my first paragraph? Here’s one band that has the balls and courage to write, play and release music that goes a bit against the grain but will remind you just how bad modern day music has really gotten. In fact in this age of Kardashian-esqe entertainment I got to hand it to a band like Catalina Shortwave who is the fruit of what many have been longing for – old school guitar driven music.

The album is not the best quality I’ve ever heard. In fact I have ZERO confidence it was done professionally. It almost damaged my speakers on really loud volumes and sounds like DIY music released back in the 80’s. It almost sounds like a 50 minute jam session. This CD by Catalina Shortwave are in dire need of an Engineering overhaul. In the hands of a capable and experienced musical producer this band will reach its fullest potential no doubt.

All other items check out well. If they get the above right – they will be on to something special.

MUSIC EMISSIONS

on 2014-09-09 Michael_Morrison Said:


East coast rockers Catalina Shortwave just released their latest 14 track CD entitled Repeater in 2014. This band hails from Connecticut. They bring a compelling spin on life, and how well music reflects life itself. With this kind of approach to modern day alt-rock weve seen similar bands like Black Crows, Smashmouth, Tal Bachman, Eagle Eye Cherry, Nine Days and Kenny Wayne Sheppard strike a chord with listeners. On Repeater youll hear some familiar 60-70s rock concoctions with a hint of blues. Personally its my favorite style of music to listen to. You know music like a modern day version of Nazareth

Band members include: Catalina Shortwave are; Marty Stauffer - Guitar, Dave Rizzo - Vocals, Brent Morton - Guitar, John Garvey - Drums

Catalina Shortwave combine all of the above with an above average vocal style and a solid rock sound. This anticipated CD features all original music with guitar, bass, drums, and an amazing vocal front of Rizzo. Vocally he reminds me of Ian Gilam (Deep Purple). All arrangements offer much in the way of captivating musical performances and a diverse spectrum of sound that runs full circle. Let me start by saying Repeater is as unique as the title but beware it has a slightly tragic side. These guys arent afraid to tell the truth on some songs. The CD makes a good first impression with Dont Never Take Your Love Away. Besides modern day alt-rock one can also appreciate the hint Americana and Rock popular in the 60s and 70s. The underlying theme here is no-doubt Rock based but has a deep seeded Steppenwolf quality to it. 

The dirty quality actually works for this style of music. However there is room for improvement as this CD sounds all over the place on my speakers. They also need to trim off 30% from their songs and many pieces take too long to develop and closeout. Some songs push hard while a few touch on heartfelt balladry Set My Horses Free and bluesy Hazel Sear. A few even provide intoxicating grooves and vocals Anne Boleyn and amazing Running on Vapor and Jennifers Paradise. The beginning, middle and end of the album incorporates all of the aforementioned styles into a whirlwind of musical delight that slowly fades out as humbly as it begins on the final track It Aint Cool to Say Youre From Seattle Anymore. 

The song that had the biggest impact upon me as a listener was Jennifers Paradise. 

BOTTOM LINE: Catalina Shortwaves latest release Repeater makes a lasting impression upon the listener. Together these 4 rockers from Connecticut are sure to make an impact in the rest of the US. They sound comfortable together not holding anything back and their eccentrically good songwriting is boldly honest. 

by Bryan Carmichael. Approved by Michael Morrison (UK) 
Rating: 7/10

ROCK-N-ROLL VIEW

Catalina Shortwave (Repeater)

Main Site: http://www.catalinashortwave.com/

In the spirit of musical justice (as I find is severely lacking these days), I gave this latest CD from Catalina Shortwave a spin and not only did I not hate it, but I actually kind of fell in love with it, and subsequently this band in the process. Some songs break the 5 minute barrier – I like that. I can hear influences ranging from Delbert McClinton, Foghat, Gregg Allman, Anders Osborne and New Riders of the Purple Sage. Maybe even The Rees Shad Band and David Wilcox. Most of the music is straight up Psychedelic Funk but much of it contains remnants of classic singer/songwriter. It delivers solid intos, outros, good playing and chops and much in the way of musical angulation.  The lyrics aren’t as annoying or sickly as I thought they would be. Before I get ahead of myself Catalina Shortwave are; Marty Stauffer – Guitar, Dave Rizzo – Vocals, Brent Morton – Guitar, John Garvey – Drums.

Vocals by Rizzo are shall I say saucy as he commands a powerful tonal registry all the while maintaining impressive vocal mojo and control. In other words Rizzo really knows how to find the pocket and let loose behind the microphone. Rizzo and the gang meld and blends all of the above together in a starkly unique way. The end result? A new sound with an old classic feel. Reading from the words of past reviewers this is the clear consensus. How shall I sum up the sound of Catalina Shortwave for you? How about a point in the right direction musically. While actually sounding like they are not so over produced like some of the more modern sounding artists out there like Dave Matthews Band or John Maher, These guys manages to capture a sound that is old yet surprisingly fresh all at the same time. Trust me when I say there are legions of fans waiting for this guy to arrive. Many of these retro tracks sounding surprisingly innovative, which makes up for their somewhat dated influences.

From track 1-3 (Don’t Never Take Your Love Away), (Anne Boleyn) and (Running On Vapor) the album decides to trend towards melancholy pop and serves up 15 tracks in all. All songs will get your blood pumping. My favorite songs are the sad but true ones (Set My Horses Free), (Hazel Dear) and (Make It Through the Night). I also like the extended play format of (Hazel Dear), (Windetsong) and (She Set Me Free).

In conclusion there are 3 things I really like about “Repeater.” For one I didn’t want to shoot myself with my pen like I do with most bands from the New England area lately – no worries there. Two: this CD may be the most impressionable, genuine, artistic CD I’ve heard this year. Third: Catalina Shortwave have the courage to write and play music the way they want to. A far cry from the “sell out” corporate puppet show bands the masses are scratching their heads at right now. Sure the songs on this album could sound more refined, the timing a bit tighter, the production value a bit more expensive – but I stand by my initial comment that at least a band like this is pointed in the right direction. Whereas 90% of the bands could care less about this approach as they just want to make labels happy. This is one of the most important attributes for me when reviewing music. Need I say more?

GAS HOUSE RADIO

From Connecticut comes rockers Catalina Shortwave who just released their latest CD entitled “Repeater” in 2014 (Spectra Records).  Right from the start of Track 1 “Don’t Never Take Your Love Away” it might be easy to just categorize these 4 as a straight ahead “dime a dozen” throw back rockers and write them off as the newest trending band around the east coast. It wouldn’t be wise, though. Sure, if you listen to some of the catchier moments within this 14 song CD: that’s the impression you would likely get. However there is a method to their madness. There are some really well crafted, good songs on “Repeater”. This 14 Track offering dares to step outside the modern rock music boundaries and go towards Soul/Rock/R&B and even Funkadelick Rock. As a vocalist Rizzo is not afraid to color outside the lines musically and bare his true soul to the world. Some of the lyrics are powerful and I believe he believes every word he sings. Of course much of this goes against the grain of modern day rock with many feel has lost its way by leaving its soul at the studio door in an attempt to please the corporate music world. As a result Rizzo’s amazing singing coupled with the bands solid writing style really opens up the CD emotionally. This enhances the listening experience rather than limit it for me. So there’s really not a lot about this band that’s “dime a dozen” is there.

Zeroing in on their sound these 4 are obviously experienced at performing and writing music, but they need a producer to help them refine and present their sound a bit better. A Producer outside the band that can give them better checks and balances. I hate to use the word “Garage Band Sound” but that’s the impression I get from this CD. Unfortunately how the music is delivered (speaker to ear) is just as critical as the writing and performances. This major-major-major blemish makes these latest 14 songs stand out in a bad way from other artists and bands at the pro level.

Now that’s that paragraph is out of the way – we take a lot for granted between the lines and notes and although some would claim there’s nothing here that hasn’t been said or done before – if you listen to the songs carefully the devil is in the songwriting details. Perhaps that is why “Catalina Shortwave” is on our radar screens in the first place. Bottom line is these guys make it all look too easy. Forgive me if I’m talking in circles – but some bands and artists can deliver music that’s pretty straight forward, conservative and painfully simple. Yet brilliant in scope. Furthermore in lieu of the amazing string of songs on ‘Repeater” deliver on this fully loaded 13 track record it almost feels as if they are really on to something – well special. I hate to pigeonhole but I can hear Pearl Jam, Shawn Mullins, Sister Hazel, UFO, Led Zeppelin and Glen Hughes. At the end of the day Catalina Shortwave will please a wide range of musical personalities in the process of their “raw” exposure.

 

INDIE ARTIST ALLIANCE

The Review: So as luck would have it I stumble across the latest CD by New England rockers Catalina Shortwave entitled “Repeater” released in 2014. I really love Classic retro Rock in general. Looking back at the last 20-30 years there have been some truly amazing bands that gave us the gift of music for the ages. What bands am I referring to: Yes, King Crimson, Van der Graff Generator, Camel and Genesis. These bands were the Progressive Rock Pioneers that changed the course of Rock n Roll history forever. From the above masters to more recent bands like Muse, Tool and even Dave Matthews Band no one can deny the impact such diverse music has had upon musical culture, but it’s not for everyone. I say this because with all due respects listening to some of the music can be like reading Moby Dick, rather than a simple shot story. Some of extend play formats are good, some not so good. Listen to “Tales from Topographic Oceans” by Yes and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Getting back to Catalina Shockware this mammoth musical project consists ofCatalina Shortwave are; Marty Stauffer – Guitar, Dave Rizzo – Vocals, Brent Morton – Guitar, John Garvey – Drums. Music will remind you of Stroke 9, Dexter Freebish, Tabatha’s Secret, Raibow, Uriah Heep and even Whitesnake. When you hit play and listen to the first few tracks: “Don’t Never Take Your Love Away”, “Anne Boleyn” and “Running On Vapor” you will quickly be blessed and enlightened by the musical presence of this band. True, Catalina Shortwave apathetically falls in this “Classic Rock” category but its good news. “Repeater” is a monumental concept album or a man’s journey if you will with so many musical and spiritual layers it should be heralded as genuine in its status. The title of the album is no doubt a mission statement as it is a great title for this CD. Catalina Shortwave is a band that thumbs its nose at genres. They are proudly lo-fi and have intuited that the beauty and magic of music can happen when the strength of the songs and the passion of the performances overcomes the usual limitations of a DIY project. The amazing combination of guitar, rhythms, vocals, are balanced well together within the sonic apace. The melodies and lyrics are catchy, and the vocal harmonies provide the perfect reinforcements just where they need to be.

Timing needs to be tightened up on some tracks. I doubt the drummer used a click track in the studio. Some aspects to the CD come across as sounding overly repetitive. CD songs like on long song. The band needs to somehow modernize their sound a bit without compromising their classic sound and musical foundation.

Rizzo is a great front man. In fact Rizzo deserves a lot of credit for all this no doubt. What else can I say Catalina Shortwave kind of cucked me in, actually this bands should not be underestimated. In the end “Repeater” is a celebratory, glory full return of Classic Rock.

All What's Rock

Catalina Shortwave are: Marty Stauffer – Guitar, Dave Rizzo – Vocals, Brent Morton – Guitar, John Garvey – Drums. Catalina Shortwave is one of those bands that thumbs its nose at genres. They are proudly lo-fi and have intuited that the beauty and magic of music can happen when the strength of the songs and the passion of the performances overcomes the usual limitations of a DIY project. The players – Brent, Marty and Dave – are three hardscrabble New York/New England music veterans who weave their hearts and lives into the music – the lost loves, the backbreaking lust, and the struggles with life’s poisons. With >>Repeater>>, they left their blood on the strings. This is such a “full tilt” album what else can I say in the end? It’s more than amazing and dramatic, it’s also extremely suspenseful and captures that live raw energy you can’t seem to get in a studio setting. The intro track “Don’t Never Take Your Love Away” rips it into high gear with emotional charged guitar/voice combo. The music reminiscent of such acts as acts asRare Earth, Lil Feat, BTO, Blessed Union of Souls and Led Zeppelin. Definitely a 70’s feel – which I love. Vocals from Rizzo are off the chain. He has a really strong tonality foundation coupled with rock rhythms, hypnotic rhythm guitar solo pyrotechnics and spaced out rock goodness. The lyrics are fascinating providing much in the way of wisdom. Some of these tracks are so mainstream I could even hear Collective Soul or even Pearl Jam performing them. Without a doubt, it’s impossible to deny the superiority of this band from the Connecticut.

The drums and the bass lines just help push the album forward, and the vibe, if you pay attention carefully, has almost a bluesy-rock-pop–soulful vibe. What’s more: to go along with this I can ever hear Southern fried rock – that’s how personal they are.  As the CD evolves it showcases some dramatic combinations or Rocked out Guitar, Guitar Solos and hot to the touch vocal intensity. On tracks like: “Running On Vapor”, “Naturally” and “Apart” the drum/guitar/vocal combos have an important role.  On many these tracks Rizzo is clearly in charge of giving the mood assigning to each song like “Wintersong” and “Set My Horses Free.”

My favorite track is “Set My Horses Free.”

Criticism: Although there is nothing really wrong with the music, performances and songs themselves it’s fair to say some aspects of the recording sound a bit sloppy and way off kilter.

In conclusion, here’s an ‘old school” rock CD release I’ve been dying to get my hands on for a while. I was just unable to stumble across them until today. It’s also very subliminal, and a grand concept that’s sure to get many peoples attention. From the songs, to the musicianship involved: “Repeater” by Catalina Shortwave delivers in grand fashion. At the end of the day Catalina Shortwave works well. It will keep you in a state of wonder from start to finish.

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by Alicia Craven. Approved by Drew Blackwell (UK)

GIGBAND

Catalina Shortwave is a 4 member band from Ridgefield, CT. Band members include: Marty Stauffer – Guitar, Dave Rizzo – Vocals, Brent Morton – Guitar, John Garvey – Drums. Connecticut

is a colorful, sunny place and it has its fair share of unpredictable weather and polarizing chaos. This might just be the perfect locale to explore the realm of musical expression. Their latest CD “Repeater” delivers all of the above and will reveal all the a-typical conventions of today’s high energy retro-rock that so many adore. This creates a solid sonic space for the listener to bask in. The first track “Don’t Never Take Your Love Away” lifts off the ground nicely and is in itself an impressive kickoff statement especially how it leads one headfirst into Track 2 “Anne Boleyn” and Track 3: “Running On Vapor.” All three tracks are remarkably explosive and successfully gravities you right away like a magnet.

All songs presented deliver a stunning rock collection of music that slowly runs the slow burning gamut and has much to offer insofar as impressive music and captivating vocals from Rizzo. Music reminds me of: Black Stone Cherry, Nine Days and even Leon Russell. I can even hear Bob Seager, Levon Helm and The Allman Brothers. One cannot help but admire artists with strong songwriting skills, off the chart chops, and truthful conviction all the while demonstrating a strong a level of creativity. One senses a growing ambition as this CD advances and ehat you see is what you get. Catalina Shortwave places an emphasis on an exciting sound hit the mark and with intellectually stimulating lyrics providing a very real and powerful source of inspiration. The musicianship is rock steady and the overall production value tows the line. All in all a great set of songs. Speaking of which notable standouts for me include: “Running On Vapor”, “Jennifer’s Paradise”, “Make it Through the Night” and “She Set Me Free”.

If you want a high energy, unpredictable yet polarizing rocking staple there’s something on this record for you. Obviously many will fall head over heals with these along the East coast as these guys are touring heavily. I feel this is one band that’s set up rather well for mainstream success this year – especially with classic rock crowds. Some of this plays into strong marketability potential worldwide within that market. I wonder if these guys do occasional cover songs by Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin? Some pieces present more modern sounding overtones but despite all this the flavor possess traditional Classic Rock n’ Roll textures with some Rocking-Blues thrown in. It’s rough around the edges – and this is really what makes Catalina Shortwave so enticing to me personally – especially in a live setting. Catalina Shortwave possesses a roots rock look and sound and this latest release entitled “Repeater” grants you rare access to peer into the soul of a tormented soul.

Indie Music Digest

(RIDGEFIELD, CT) Catalina Shortwave is a band that thumbs its nose at genres. They are proudly lo-fi and have intuited that the beauty and magic of music can happen when the strength of the songs and the passion of the performances overcomes the usual limitations of a DIY project. The players – Brent, Marty and Dave – are three hardscrabble New York/New England music veterans who weave their hearts and lives into the music – the lost loves, the backbreaking lust, and the struggles with life’s poisons. With “Repeater”, they left their blood on the strings. Band members are: Marty Stauffer - Guitar, Dave Rizzo - Vocals, Brent Morton - Guitar, John Garvey – Drums.

The CD takes off nicely with grooving “Don’ Never Take Your Love Away” a slamming, smooth flowing intro piece that serves up slamming Guitar, well placed harmonies and soulful vocal delivery from Rizzo and company. Track 2 “Running on Vapor” keeps things moving in the right direction with hard rocking ibe served up against steady flowing rhythm, well placed vocal/guitar tandems, painted against a hooky chorus making for one of the best songs on the CD.  Track 3 “You Raised Hell On Me” shifts gears a bit with its methodical intro, with impressive vocal feel and Top Tiered musical syncopation from Rizzo and company that flows and ebbs its way through to motional fruition. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 amazing songs in a row. The musicianship of everyone involved is above the bar. I would classify this music as Soulful Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Americana, Jam Band, and Alternative Rock with brief touches of R&B, Jam Band, and what I like to call heartfelt Intellectual Singer/Songwriter. That's a pretty long list. Music is not easy to pigeonhole but is reminiscent of classic Lenny Kravitz, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Ian Hunter, Deep Purple, Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Soundgarden, John Mayer, INXS and Deep Blue Something. Besides the three/four piece standard one can also appreciate much in the way of lush instrumentation with things like impressive rhythm guitar, Psychedelic guitar solos, lush vocal harmonies layered everywhere all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm section. What I like the most about this band is how well they seem to groove together, testament to hundreds of hours of writing and rehearsal time no doubt. Now turning our attention over to Rizzo - as for his vocal abilities well he’s a great advent. His voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with a timber that is simply infectious and soulful. I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks indicating to me a confident vocal ability. I like his power, swagger and soul. His voice reminds me of a more modern version of (Lenny Kravitz), David Lee Roth (Van Halen) and Adam Duritz (Counting Crows). All songs are well crafted and consistent across the board - world class songwriting and instrumentation. This CD from Catalina Shortwave 15 solid tracks all providing musical enjoyment filled with strong musical variety and diversity. The music of Catalina Shortwave has everything you would expect from a “grip it and rip it” musical production. From heartfelt “Naturally” and “There Ain’t Much Going’ On But the Bottle” to rocking “Wintersong” and rocking “Jennifer’s Paradise” to striking “Hazel Dear” to melodic “Apart” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 9 “It Aint Cool to Say you’re From Seattle Anymore” the perfect finale statement for a CD like this.     

 All songs over 3.5 minutes drag you to the finish line. The Mix is extremely erratic and amateurish overall. From disproportionate instrument levels, to drums that lack low end punch and frequency, to awkward sounding rhythm guitar and overly loud solos that lunge out at you this CD has all the trademarks of a basement band musical production from start to finish. A few songs are easier to digest then others, but overall the mix lacks continuity track to track. Overall sound quality is as clear as mud. This band has good chops and can write and perform good music but they should strongly consider hiring a pro-caliber engineering team (Recording, Mixing, and Mastering) for their next production. Syncopated timing between all instruments needs to be tightened up a bit as well. Some aspects of this bands sound is dated reminiscent of music popular over 30+ years ago. CD cover is a bit amateurish.

 From start to finish "Repeater" by Catalina Shortwave is a fun and consistent collection of music. The songwriting – the gold standard, all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this entire catalog. The writing and playing abilities of this band are rock solid. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted, and the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with good old fashioned no holds barred R&B-Psychedelic-Rock swagger. At the end of the day these cats brings the mojo and have a lot of potential around Connected. Again - they have a lot of potential and it’s safe to say their best album is yet to come as their sound continues to shape and evolve over the years to come.

Cyrus Rhodes

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CATALINA SHORTWAVE – REPEATER ALBUM REVIEW
This album is truly a cross between multiple genres…it’s authentic, it’s raw, it’s well-written and all the songs on this album are fun. It crosses between punk, country and classic rock (maybe some more but I like to stick to three).
The guitar really commands this album, hard metal-style chords and leads drive these songs in every way. The first three songs especially will grab your attention, all with good fast-paced beats, powerful lyrics and catchy hooks. This pace then slows a bit nicely with the transition into “You Rained Hell On Me”. You’ll hear three distinct guitar parts in this song, one keeping a staccato rhythm, one is finger picking through the chords and one is a heavily distorted and high reverb solo that seems to happen somewhere out in the distance, this is a great song to listen to and one I played more than once.
It transitions nicely into the “Naturally” as well which has a southern-rock / country flare to it. One thing I can say about the whole album is that is moves from song to song in a seemingly calculated way for an album that has so many different songs and styles. Listen to the hard rock transition between “Hazel Dear” as the overdriven guitar fades out and the bass starts ripping grooves for about a minute as it fades into the slow drunken-lullaby “There Ain’t Much Going On But The Bottle”.
There are even a few surprises as you continue on through this journey of an album. “She Set Me Free” begins with what sounds like a horror movie and the breaks into a Pink Floyd-esque laid back song with some heavy guitar solos and a calming style of singing. Listen to the end of the song for another surprise. Then after that the CD jumps right into a Johnny Cash style song called “It Ain’t Cool to Say You’re From Seattle Anymore”.
From front to back this CD has surprises from genres-changes to lyrics and more. This album is a DIY recording, it’s got some great sound quality but has areas you can definitely tell on my massive studio speakers. I would LOVE to hear these professionally recorded and mastered because the song-writing is quite great. Most of these songs beg to be turned up and you’ll want to do the same when you’re rocking out to this album.
BOTTOM LINE: This is an album you’ll want to turn up, rock out and drink some beers to
SOUNDS LIKE: Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Pennywise 

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As Brits Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith top the US Billboard charts. It seems like the Americans are also gearing up for a mission over here in the UK to do thesame damage… Albeit , in a more music sense!!! Catalina Shortwave is a rock and roll band with a lo-fi sound that draws from punk and R&B, hard rock and country, a sound that has been described as unique, dynamic, and genre-smashing. The players are New York/New England music veterans who weave their hearts and lives into their music. With their album >>Repeater>>, they left their blood on the strings. Live, they are passionate, electric; and have been known to demand countless encores from audiences far and wide.

The band is based primarily out of Southwestern Connecticut. Five members – vocals, guitar, guitar, bass, drums.
Each of them passionately in love with music and used to the daily ups-n-downs of day gigs, finding day gigs, keeping day gigs, raising families and life of pretty much any gifted and talented musician. These three guys knew each other from their town in Western Connecticut – a bucolic, leafy place that – if you look hard enough – has deep, dark cracks.

The story is Dave had an overstuffed folder of fraying lyrics that he’d accumulated over the years, adding to the pile week by week, getting up in the middle of the night to go into his closet to whisper melodies into his iPhone. Brent brought his guitar and bass over to Dave’s basement, where Dave’s son had a drum kit getting dusty (even though the kid’s pretty good), and they’d construct these songs. They started recording into a Mac so old it forgot to die, which they named – somewhat but not completely affectionately – “Success”, because of its habit of freezing when the take was going perfectly. Marty then joined them, bringing in his guitars and occasionally a 4-track tape cassette recorder that made the Mac look like Peter Pan.

After many weeks of collaborating, including through one nasty New England winter plugging away in Dave’s cold, unfinished basement, they came up with these fifteen songs, collected on their album >>Repeater>>.

So what about these songs, then? Well, they are very much unique and the difference is clear. The record starts off with this blues rock burner, switches to this punky, power pop, skinny tie deal, and down the track list it gets into among other things some Springsteen-cum-punk experimentation, some updated 70s singer-songwriter type stuff, high energy hard rock, electric-acoustic rock with a southern rock vibe, a short dark country-ish ditty that could be a warped drinking song, and a Planet Caravan-type mood piece that puts you in a car traveling along a desert highway. Basically, you cannot put the album in a box. It gives you everything you want and more in an album. Let’s leave the final last words to the guys themselves ; “This record was a light in our lives for the past year. We hope it shines some light in yours”.

The ‘Repeater’ by Catalina Shortwave is OUT NOW

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Catalina Shortwave es una banda de Rock & Roll con un sonido vintage que mezcla sonidos provenientes desde el Punk y R&B, hasta el Rock Pesado y Country, un sonido que ha sido descrito como unico, dinámico, y destruye-géneros. Los miembros de Catalina Shortwave son músicos veteranos de Nueva York y Nueva Inglaterra, quienes han desarrollado toda su vida alrededor de la industria musical.

Catalina Shortwave es una banda principalmente del Suroeste de Connecticut, y está conformada por 5 miembros – voz, dos guitarras, bajo, y batería.

Con su nuevo álbum >>Repeater>>, ellos han dejado hasta su sangre en las cuerdas de sus instrumentos. En vivo son apasionados y eléctricos; sostienen a su audiencia y no los dejan ir hasta que termina su presentación y se retiran del escenario.

Las canciones en >>Repeater>> son muy diferentes entre ellas, el disco comienza con una canción de Blues, luego cambia a este estilo casi-punk, power pop, y a lo largo de la lista podemos escuchar algo de experimentación tipo Sprinsteen-punk, inclusi algo parecido a lo que cantaría alguien en los 70′s modernizado, rock con alta energía, rock electro-acústico, con una vibra de rock sureño… en fin, podríamos seguir describiendo con cientos de palabras cómo es éste album, pero el mejor juez eres tú, aquí te dejamos las rolas de Catalina Shortwave, ¡esperamos que las disfrutes!

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Indie Band Guru

Catalina Shortwave – Repeater

Catalina Shortwave, a “hardscrabble group of New England musicians”, represent what is great about lo-fi rock and roll, as well as it’s shortcomings.

In his infamous text Capital: A Critique of Political EconomyKarl Marx talked about how (and i paraphrase) “those who own the means of production” rule the society.

For the majority of the existence of the “recording industry”, the musical society was ruled by the major labels, PR people, venue and studio owners, producers and engineers. There were always hopefuls, who felt that they had something to say, that were weeded out due to the natural meritocracy of capitalism and the music industry. This is like the musical equivalent of running away to Hollywood to get discovered and star in the pictures. And, of course, as everybody knows, there can be only one Marilyn Monroe, and 10,000 shattered dreams and lives that never got off the ground.

When the lo-fi home recording boom started in the late ’70s and early ’80s, it ushered in a new era of artistic freedom, offering up personal stories and strange dreams, too subtle or too strange to make it through the corporate music meat grinder. The freedom and access to information, and the availability of cheap instruments and recording technology, has let the genie out of the bottle, unleashing private lives and a million personal permutations to take the public arena. There is much more artistic inspiration and innovation, but there is an unhallowed din, as everybody and their mother is shouting for yr attention, for their slice of the pie, for their shot at the top.

Catalina Shorthand are a little bit of both. On one hand, to hear a real working band, taking their earliest steps is thrilling and exciting. Listening to Repeater on repeat is like watching a bands fledgling moments, in time-elapsed fast forward. The down side of doing everything yrself is that there is no outside ears or opinions, to help you sculpt the ultimate transmission, which is what every musician really wants.

CS stick mainly to a sort of glam proto boogie rock ‘n roll. I was reminded most strongly of T. Rex‘s Marc Bolan, and early Bowie, before the alien, particularly on the first two tracks, “Don’t Never Take Your Love Away” and “Anne Boleyn”. A good majority of Repeater brings to mind the stripped-down, efficient rock ‘n roll of early ZZ Top and even the first couple of The White Stripes records. This is when the record is most successful, like on the third track “Make It Through The Night”.
 

 

Repeater gets better as it goes along. It’s also an album that speaks to the power of writing ABOUT music, as well as the music itself. I was completely primed to hate this record, when album opener “Don’t Never Take” comes in, like Hootie & The Blowfish Darius Rucker fronting Bon Jovi‘s backing band. I’m not much for this kind of faux Jersey Americana, plus the drums sound like a basic Ringo backbeat, beat out on wet cardboard. Not a strong contender for album opener of the year. If i were listening for enjoyment, i would’ve stopped right here, and never looked back. But seeing as how this is my job, i listen to every submission and contribution carefully, even if it is only to offer some constructive feedback or criticism. If anything, I learn something every time.

Then i read the lines, “This band defies genres and has a authentic, real, heartfelt sound that will grab you. The sound and lyrics are raw and unfiltered,” from the website VERYCOOLTUNES, and i mellowed a bit. I liked the second track “Anne Boleyn” quite a bit better, which is suprisingly different than the album opener. Where “Don’t Never” sounds like some generic cowboy pop, “Anne Boleyn” is a cosmopolitan love song to the queen of England. It seems that different people sing on different tracks, and i like the singer on “Anne Boleyn” a great deal better than the first. His voice has the chilly romance of David Sylvain or John Foxx, which better matches the mood of the song. That’s the problem with some of the material on Repeater, the delivery doesn’t match the content. It seems flat, detached, the idea of a rock ‘n roll song, rather than a vivid and visceral expression of something real and personal.
 

 

This gets better and better, as the album goes along. The pieces start to fall together, and work cohesively, rather than seeming a bunch of disparate and unrelated parts. The drumming gets more varied and intricate, and gradually gets louder and punchier in the mix. Ditto that for the bass. Guitar licks start to dovetail and highlight the vocals, providing emphasis and a feeling of tightness, like the band knows what they’re doing, as on “Naturally”.
 

 

The guitars are probably my favorite thing about this record. They range from chiming acoustics to raging psychedelic chorused and flanged lead. The songs work better when they leave more room for the instruments to breathe and rock out, as the earlier songs are insanely wordy, with only a spare feel here and there. I hope next time they opt to mic the acoustics, as most of them sound plugged in, straight from the guitar’s pick-up, which has a cheap, tinny, and brittle sound quality, to these ears. Next time, ask the engineer (or ask to borrow), a large diaphragm condenser microphone, and mic the guitar about 6 inches from the soundhole, or the 12th fret. It makes a world of difference for the warmth and intimacy of an acoustic.

For a band billing themselves as “lo-fi”, the beginning of Repeater sounds surprisingly typical, like the idea of outlaw country. So while “Wintersong”, which is every bit as Americana as the rest of the record’s hard-drinking-down-on-yr-luck weepy country blues, with it’s evocation of small-town life, buried beneath the drifts. But there is a warmth and a realness, as he describes life at a small diner, with Jimmy flipping burgers and Jenny saying hi, and a drinking mechanic that curses yr name, but always smiles when he pulls you out of the snowbanks. The music manages to reflect the cozy sensation of being inside, hearthside, by the glowing embers, as cold and brutal winds howl and rage outside. Layers of guitars stack up on top of each other, like humid air inside a cabin.

Catalina Shortwave are most successful when they are actually BEING lo-fi, subscribing less to the idea of what it means to be country or rock ‘n roll, and just being them. Be yrselves. Play yr instruments. Rock out! Be honest. Write from the heart. Never stop striving.

There is a heart and a potential to this music, that i’m curious to watch the band hone and cultivate. There’s no telling who the next Rolling Stones will be, so you’ve got to keep looking!

Favorite Tracks: Anne Boleyn, Running On Vapor, Naturally, Wintersong

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INDIE BAND GURU

Catalina Shortwave – Blending Genres To Make Personal Music That They Hope You Like

There will always be an attraction for me to bands that have no fear of not fitting into one specific genre.  When a group takes the pieces they like from a bunch of different genres and combine them like only they can, it creates a truly original sound.  Make music that you want to make, not music that you feel will sell records.  Today’s fans can smell this out and will stand behind a band that stays true to themselves.  A new band I found that seems to be on this path isCatalina Shortwave.

 

The New England band is made up of a group of guys that may be past their prime but still have music inside them that needs to be shared.  In 2013 Brent Morton, Dave Rizzo, Marty Stauffer, and John Garvey started getting together in a cold basement to have some fun with some old instruments and an abundance of ideas.  The magic was there and their joy started turning into songs.  The Catalina Shortwave sound is an interesting mix of classic rock, punk, R&B, southern rock, and even some new wave.

Earlier this month the band released their debut album >>Repeater>>.  It is 14 tracks of raw unadulterated fun recorded in a lo-fi setting that makes the music sound even more relatable.  There is something for everyone here from the opener “Set My Horses Free” with its country twang feel to the classic rock “Jennifer’s Paradise” with its Jimi Hendrix influence.  The vocal delivery on “Anne Boleyn” shows a new side European flair.  The music is raw but catchy none the less.  “There Ain’t Much Goin’ On But The Bottle” is an interesting storytelling style song with its minimal sound except for lyrics which are fun to follow.  By the time you reach album closer “She Set Me Free” and its mellow psychedelic vibe your mind is officially warped and in need of the 8 and a half minute song to set it at ease.  Go check out what happens when guys get together for the sole purpose of making music to suit themselves at:http://www.catalinashortwave.com/

 

INDIEMUNITY

Catalina Shortwave are the Real Deal on ‘Repeater’

>>Repeater>> is the work of an artist who knows music, loves music, and lives for music.  Catalina Shortwave, a rock foursome out of New York and New England, debut with an independently-made album that varies in genre from one song to the next.

Much of >>Repeater>> sounds as though it were made in a single take, as if recorded live. This isn’t the case: the band has described finding a balance between incomplete sessions and grueling ones, so the “first take” sound can only be the result of the band’s appreciation for a fresh sound, unadulterated by heavy production.

The most natural moment of an already fully-authentic album comes on the harmonies that color the verses of “Apart,” laden with simple ad-libs, slight vocal cracks, and a sense of true emotional intimacy between the two singers. Sung over the album’s best guitar riff, the tender piece about lost love is a charming halfway-point for >>Repeater>>.

The band’s passion for authenticity and fun in their work takes a different form on “It Ain’t Cool to Say You’re From Seattle Anymore.” As one might gather from the title, it’s a comedic song, complete with bouncing juice harp and commentary about the state of rock and roll, with shout-outs to the bygone days of the grunge sub-genre and what I read as a pointed dig at Mumford & Sons: “[I'll] buy some clothes to look like I was born in 1810,” the would-be-musician narrator muses.

“She Set Me Free” is a major departure, beginning with sound bytes of a woman’s troubled cries after a murder (the source is unclear). The opening runs for an unsettling duration until the woman’s breathing becomes the beat that introduces the song (she closes the track with the same hyperventilation). Death metal lyrics accompany a dark soft-rock track, creating an intense contrast.

Songs with narrative backbone fill the album, but the finest come toward the end of the album. “Wintersong” combines vivid imagery and simplicity of storytelling to evoke a sense of familiarity, while “Naturally” centers around an unforgettable lyric (“Or did it die like all things have to die: naturally?”) as the narrator examines a love gone dry.

Catalina Shortwave’s debut is a work of great promise and sonic diversity. At a formidable 15 songs, it has more than enough material to satisfy the appetite of any audiophile, and is likely to end up on heavy rotation for many listeners. This one’s a Repeater for sure.

>>Repeater>> can be found on iTunes and CDBaby. Visit catalinashortwave.com for more information. Follow Catalina Shortwave on Facebook or Twitter.

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You know for a second there…I was sure I heard a guitar solo…but…this is a NEW album from Catalina Shortwave isn’t it?  Instrumentation isn’t found on present-day records anymore is it?  Surely I must have been hearing something else in the background…no…wait…there it is again!  And again…and again!

That’s certainly always a defining factor for me on that first set of listens through any album that comes my way.  I don’t mind if a sound has been done before, I don’t mind if each song is verse/chorus/verse…but show us a little something!  A display of musical-chops is ALWAYS a good thing!  Catalina Shortwave have aptly titled this new album Repeater; they WILL show you that special something on this album based in old-school rock, clever hooks and great instrumentation.

This is a rock album made literally for the dance-floor crowd.  I don’t want to say “bar-band” but this album manages to bring that feel of your weekend nights right into this album, and you along with it.  But for those of you brave enough to get your drink on and get out there on the floor have all felt the pain of that rock band playing the awkward songs you can’t quite dance to…another issue you won’t find here on Repeater.  This is music you can completely visualize in a live context…these songs are designed for your maximum entertainment.

Songs like “Anne Boleyn,” and “Jennifer’s Paradise” make for great examples of Catalina’s capabilities.  While the popped-up “Anne Boleyn” highlights the smart songwriting in this rock band with a song that could be translatable to all kinds of genres.  A great pop/rock song in this one here, also giving you an early taste of the guitars from Brent Morton and Marty Stauffer early on into the album and the tasty crunch they put into the songs.  John Garvey, drummer for Catalina Shortwave, definitely deserves some credit for the energy in this music – this guy is punishing skins back there!  In a track like “Jennifer’s Paradise” you can hear the innovative rhythms he can bring into the music easily and really begin to understand just what a large role he must play in driving the music.

David Rizzo, the vocals…he’s going to make for an interesting discussion every time.  Some people will hear this album and find he’s the perfect mix between David Lee Roth and Steven Tyler…some people will hear this & think he might be off his nut altogether…and there will be just as many that think he’s the perfect fit for the music of Catalina Shortwave.  What I DO like a lot is the organic nature in Rizzo’s voice and that he’s unafraid to try new things and reach as far as he can as a songwriter.  I love the duet going on in tracks “Apart,” and “Starstruck” another set of great pop/rock tunes…I’d have definitely wanted more of her, or this combo on the album, it works extremely well!

The issue that Catalina Shortwave will face of course, is that polarizing vocalist of theirs…but there’s truly two reasons as to WHY that will be.  The one I’ve just explained, with some people thinking Rizzo is bang on and others feeling that contrast a bit too much – but the OTHER reason they’ll go through this is largely because of the production on this album and how it is made in that old-school traditional rock-mix.  On the one hand it’s fantastic because it’s bright, it has energy, great instrumentation and songs written for huge crowds with memorable hooks to sing along to.  On the other hand, because of that old-school feel to the album, this mix has Rizzo so far in front of the music that much of this album ends up resting on those shoulders of his.

Personally, I think he fits right in there as a sound to go with the music, and he writes smart lyrics that fit extremely well to these tunes…but to have him this far up front can at times make the music feel smaller than perhaps it should.  There’s perfect instrumentation going on back there, but quite often it can feel like they’re all turned down in comparison to the mix on Rizzo.  To be fair – show me an old-school rock album from the 70’s or 80’s that WASN’T made in this vein, and as much of Catalina Shortwave’s sound is based in that era…you kind of want to applaud them just as much for getting it all so close to the exact sounds of their influence through the production.

I’m interested in not only this album Repeater, but curious as to hear what Catalina Shortwave might do next as well.  You can hear how well they gel together in tracks like “Running On Vapor,” “Set My Horses Free,” and “Wintersong” – it sounds like a band that is comfortable and confident in the music they’re making…and after listening to Repeater, you’ll hear it – Caatalina Shortwave does rock very well.  But now that they’ve conquered that mountain…what they’ll do next in the future could be anything at all!

  • Jer @ SBS

Check out Catalina Shortwave at their official page at: http://www.catalinashortwave.com/ and find them on Facebook to give their page a liking at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catalina-Shortwave/667144919966061

The Music Mag

It’s hard to place Catalina Shortwave in to a single genre. As a proud lo-fi group, they draw influences from punk, hard rock, country and even R&B. Catalina Shortwave commented on not limiting themselves to one genre: “the beauty and magic of music can happen when the strength of the songs and the passion of the performances overcomes the usual limitations of a DIY project”.

The group is formed of Brent, Marty and Dave. The three music veterans hail from New York/New England and write songs based upon their experiences in their lives. Ranging from lost love and heartbreak to the struggles in everday life, as well as the potential joys. Their album >>Repeater>> tells a story as they leave their blood on the strings.

 

Catalina Shortwave

 

“It Ain’t Cool To Say You’re From Seattle Anymore” is the last track on >>Repeater>> and drastically unlike the ones that precede it. The song is a story about a guy, a song about the fickleness of the music business, and big ‘up yours’ to Hipster hegemony, all rolled into one. Listen to the track below:

If you like what you hear, then give Catalina Shortwave a follow on Facebook Soundcloud and Reverbnation.


Read more at http://www.themusicmag.com/music-news/catalina-shortwave/#Y5kAYgIVB2VSi0oE.99

Alwayz Therro

Rated Next | Catalina Shortwave

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Catalina Shortwave is a band that thumbs its nose at genres. They are proudly lo-fi, they draw from punk and R&B and hard rock and country, and have intuited that the beauty and magic of music can happen when the strength of the songs and the passion of the performances overcomes the usual limitations of a DIY project. The players – Brent, Marty and Dave – are three hardscrabble New York/New England music veterans who weave their hearts and lives into the music – the lost loves, the backbreaking lust, and the struggles with life’s poisons. With >>Repeater>>, they left their blood on the strings.

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http://www.catalinashortwave.com
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Red Carpet Living

Repeater via Catalina Shortwave on replay

The minute you press play you find yourself in a familiar space, listening to familiar tracks that you forgot once upon a time. Well that’s my experience of it anyways. It’s also maddening to think that this is a debut album! But, this familiar feeling without being a carbon copy cover band is actually a pretty decent compliment in my books….

Infused with the blend of Tom Jones, Aerosmith, Johnny Cash and U2,this countryrock-hardrock album is found to settle into your album collection as mp3 or the old-school-oh-so-real real thing. It’s not wonder they call their sound “genre-bending DIY rock and roll” Some have even compared their sounds have even been compared with the likes of Kenny Rodgers, The Doors, and REM.

First time around instant oh-so-personal loveables include

  • Anne Boleyn

  • Set My Horses Free

  • and Starstruck

 

With those deep deep vocals, and loveable cords, and electrifying riffs, I felt myself taken to one of their gigs.

So here’s my disappointment. Not enough info and not enough stage presence. Let me explain…

It feels like this is one of those best kept secrets still in the making. They have clearly arrived … (They have 10k Facebook likes) but little is known about these folks. With limited press and nothing on YouTube, it’s like the spotlight hasn’t even caught up with them. Or they’re too underground for their own good.

I guess that’s why they call it a debut.

But don’t be fooled thinking it’s their first time. These guys are old-school music veterans who have clearly laid the ground below their feet and hold true to their sounds. No bubble-gum pop or charades here. Just pure rock, with the right amount of country! The kinda blend that puts you either in the charts, or deep underground with a loved up crowd.

The real question is where are they going to take it … and where are you going to meet them?

Filled with personality with tracks such as It Ain’t Cool to Say You’re from Seattle Anymore, these guys are doing music on their own terms. That’s the funny thing about debuts. The more you switch it up the more you’re likely to trip. But, even dropping a Mexican riff and lullabies into the mix feels like it really works here.

So, go out there and meet them!

 

 

Red Carpet Living

Repeater on rewind

Untitled design(2)Jet-setting half way across the globe (then again most places are a continent away from Africa) to the USA, through comfort of WIFI airwaves, I got a chance to catch up with the guys from Catalina Shortwave and chat about the launch of their debut album REPEATER

If you missed the expose (and by that I mean the previous review) here’s the 101.

  • They have that Johnny Cash, U2, Tom Jones, REM thing going on.

  • You’ll swear you’ve heard of them before … it’s all very deja vu!

  • They’re all rock with a twang of country soul.

  • They’re not the new kinds on the block – despite the word debut being tossed about.

  • … and they’re clearly in it for the music.

But I won’t spoil the full review. You can read all about it here.

Or instead of listening to that replay, you can press pause, then rewind and get the scoop on how this came about.

But before we go there. Here’s a musical treat.It’s said to be one of the favs (and that’s not an easy picking)

When Dave started singing that one too me and the music just came right out, it was like it was already there. It’s about the frustration of wanting to repair a love but not knowing how and being a helpless spectator as it disintegrates. ” says Brent. ( He’s the mix between the Cowboy and the Rockstar in case you’re wondering, keeping both parties in check!)

So let’s get back to basics.

Catalina Shortwave sounds like it’s got a story behind it, I though. So I did my homework and came across this answer:

Kind of my idea, but I think the guys embraced it.  It’s not a thing, a Catalina Shortwave, but it’s meant to evoke a certain set of images and feelings.  A  radio tower in the desert pumping out music to the lost, the lustful, and the strange.  The Catalina Mountains.  The radio can be a person’s lifeline, they can hear pieces of their lives in the music.  The insert to the physical CD has some lines that expand on these images – See more at: http://catalinashortwave.com/press/#sthash.JIuwViqj.dpuf

Kind of my idea, but I think the guys embraced it.  It’s not a thing, a Catalina Shortwave, but it’s meant to evoke a certain set of images and feelings.  A  radio tower in the desert pumping out music to the lost, the lustful, and the strange.  The Catalina Mountains.  The radio can be a person’s lifeline, they can hear pieces of their lives in the music.  The insert to the physical CD has some lines that expand on these images – See more at: http://catalinashortwave.com/press/#sthash.JIuwViqj.dpuf

Kind of my idea, but I think the guys embraced it.  It’s not a thing, a Catalina Shortwave, but it’s meant to evoke a certain set of images and feelings.  A  radio tower in the desert pumping out music to the lost, the lustful, and the strange.  The Catalina Mountains.  The radio can be a person’s lifeline, they can hear pieces of their lives in the music. 

Apart from the deepness of that message, the tower is also a beckon of transference, connection, and communication. Without it the transfer of music would have been just a tad more tricky. And that one thing I learnt about these guys …. fast… It’s all about the music!

Brent goes on to say “This band is about rock and roll. Straight up and simple. And in terms of vision, I think we all just want to rock, straight up play music.”NOTED, never get between a them and their music. After all it’s been such a huge part of their life story. “I have always been drawn to music and art. I can remember hearing “Bridge over Troubled Water” as a little kid and feeling like I had heard it somewhere before.” he adds.

“Dave and I met a couple of years ago. Dave had a ton of lyrics already written and he would sing them to me and I would try to find melodies that matched up. After we had a couple of demos done we called in Marty, who we knew from his band Tombstone Almanac to lay down some guitars and from there it just took off. ”

Then along came a splash of female vocals on tracks such as Don’t never take your love away (amongst overs). “Her name is Tara Mazur.  She’s just fabulous.  She’s got a smooth and gentle voice that we knew would contrast with Dave’s in a complementary way.  It worked out great and we were lucky to have her on the record.  I think she’s going to be studying musical theater – she’s got a great career ahead of her.” reflects Brent.

One of the reasons we all clicked together was that the creative process was so smooth, it’s hard to find that, we all enjoy working together very much!” he adds.And that’s a huge feat in itself in the music industry. I may not be band material, but I’ve worked with my fair share to know that. Anyways, back to this tale.  “From start to finish, (the album took) about a year but there were some peaks and valleys in there.” he adds … politely.  I let that one slide.

Brent  then explains what makes them stand out from the rest of the game “There are of course a lot of great bands out there but I feel like what we are doing is special because we do it just because we love it and we’re very Zen about it. We don’t have a strategy or a five-year plan. Our strategy is to love what we’re doing. If you get that right, the rest follows. It’s easier said than done.” sums it up pretty well. Don’t you think?

It’s really all about the music! Front up and center!

And Turkey. It looking like they’ll be heading there next. Or at least they’re hopeful on that one.

And with that, I let them return into their musical worlds. But, for you reading this … I just can’t resist sharing this:

 
 

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CATALINA SHORTWAVE ARE ON JR RADIO WITH THE TRACKS “WINTERSONG” AND “SET MY HORSES FREE”
 
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Catalina Shortwave is a band that thumbs its nose at genres. The band who claim they are proudly lo-fi, draw from punk, R&B, hard rock and country, and not necessarily in that order, find the strength of their songs in the passion of its performances. The players – Brent, Marty and Dave are three New York/New England music veterans who weave their hearts and lives into their music.
Brent Morton, Marty Stauffer and David Rizzo truly deal out a lavish diversity of authentic styles that sweep up influences from the 60s and 70s right through until today. Uncompromisingly and unabashedly, they play DIY rock n’ roll that shifts the tone away from perfect, crystalline productions to raw, organic rock creativity.
For their debut recording, >>Repeater>>Catalina Shortwave have developed a sound all their own that only comes from musicians playing together as a true collective -everyone shares the same musical goal and the song is more important than the individual participants.
Catalina Shortwave are on Jampshere Rock Radio with the tracks “Wintersong” and “Set My Horses Free”
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Catalina Shortwave (translated from Italian via Google translate)
How to describe the Catalina Shortwave in a few words? Boys is not easy, because we are talking about a band that has a huge variety of genre, but if I had to have a gun pointed at your head and choose a term that would be for sure: LoFi. Yes, because the Catalina Shortwave bands are proudly a lo-fi production with this particular really going to marry perfectly with what they play. 
It is in fact a mix of "shades of rock" anything that is found inside the rock here, with a strong back. 
singer has a beautiful voice deep and powerful, the guitar sounds of an indie monstrous and boys, positivissima is one thing that makes me very happy since you can rarely enjoy such pearls of the caliber of music majors, in fact do not exist and that's it. 
I think Sep My Horses Free where the guitar reaches limits pleasantly destroyed with his solo. 
But there are also songs like Do not Take Your Love Away Never tracks that are pretty simple and enjoyable without any trained ear and eager for some kind of special sound. 
Dear Hazel Finally I would say that it is their piece that I loved the most, with some beautiful sounds and electronic samples nice, a really beautiful song.
I could spend hours in recensirveli, but would not be enough, listen to them, that these crazy deserve tantissimo: https://soundcloud.com/catalina-shortwave 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catalina-Shortwave/667144919966061 
http://www.catalinashortwave.com

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Catalina Shortwave is a band that thumbs its nose at genres. The band who claim they are proudly lo-fi, draw from punk, R&B, hard rock and country, and not necessarily in that order, find the strength of their songs in the passion of its performances. The players – Brent, Marty and Dave are three New York/New England music veterans who weave their hearts and lives into their music.

For their debut recording, >>Repeater>>Catalina Shortwave have developed a sound all their own that only comes from musicians playing together as a true collective -everyone shares the same musical goal and the song is more important than the individual participants.

Songwriting is the key, and the band deliver with original, quality compositions. The 15 genre-breaking tracks that make up >>Repeater>>, shows a band with confidence, who are comfortable at contemporarily running the crossover gauntlet of R&B, southern rock, hard rock and punk. That in itself is a courageous feat for any band. Not to mention one on its debut!

Whether the choice is commercially ‘correct’ or not, will depend entirely on the awaiting market. But my impression is that Catalina Shortwave couldn’t give two hoots about the marketing math and are more concerned about doing their primary thing. Which is playing music, and boy do they do it well!

The coolest thing about >>Repeater>>, is that you can listen to it from either end; on repeat, on shuffle, back to back, and just about any other possible way you can. The result is always the same. The album sounds like a radio station, playing the pick of the best bands and songs of our time. I practically heard The Doors, then The Allman Brothers Band.Johnny Cash also came up, as did Nirvana, Tom Petty, Grank Funk Railroad and REM. Damn, I’m sure I even heard Kenny Rogers and Aerosmith in the same song! I think it was on “There  Ain’t  Much Goin’ On But The Bottle”.

The obvious peculiarity being, that these were all original compositions and performances byCatalina Shortwave!

Brent Morton, Marty Stauffer and David Rizzo truly deal out a lavish diversity of authentic styles that sweep up influences from the 60s and 70s right through until today. Uncompromisingly and unabashedly, they play DIY rock n’ roll that shifts the tone away from perfect, crystalline productions to raw, organic rock creativity. This once was the true essence of rock n’ roll; before some over-blown, big-headed and totally over-rated beings called ‘Producers’ came along to turn a creatively explosive genre into a docile assembly-line.

Catalina Shortwave break the mold, in probably the most difficult period in the history of rock n’ roll. Technology and ‘Producers’ are fundamental to today’s music, especially as the only instruments most current ‘musicians’ are only capable of playing, are Qwerty keyboards and iPad touchscreens.

Catalina Shortwave sound like a garage band knocking the heck out of real instruments. They play, they sing and they really produce creativity that sounds like it comes from another era. This much is evidenced on standout songs like “Running On Vapor”, “You Rained Hell On Me”, “Wintersong”, “Starstruck”, “Make Through The Night” and “Don’t Never Take Your Love Away”.

From start to finish this is one beautiful piece of work. There are no dead spots or let downs in this collection…just one great musical piece after another. >>Repeater>> has great variety and pacing, and not a thing misses its mark for me.

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We had the chance to catch up with Marty Stauffer from Catalina Shortwave, an eclectic lo-fi band whose music refuses to get stuck in a box, defying all kids of stereotypes and genre definitions! Find out more:


I love how you manage to render your tracks so personal and organic. Does the music come first, or do you focus on the lyrics the most?

Answer:I think the focus has always been on the lyrics. Dave’s a great lyricist, and so we wanted the music to support the stories he’s telling. In the studio, we’d have Dave sing the lyrics the way he heard them in his head, and then Brent and I would come up with a riff or chord progression that gave the vocals a platform to ride on.

Do you perform live? If so, do you feel more comfortable on a stage or within the walls of the recording studio?

Answer: They’re two different worlds, the stage and the studio. Onstage, the focus is on connecting with the audience through an exciting performance of the song, and that’s just a blast. I love performing. In the studio, you can experiment with different things until you hit the one that’s just right; you can really let the juices flow, and with Catalina Shortwave, that’s a very exciting thing to do. So I’d say I’m equally comfortable in both environments.

If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?

Answer: I’d say “Wintersong”, because it tells a story about regular people doing what regular people do- it takes place in a diner and a gas station. It’s not “Bitches an’ Ho’s”- I so can’t relate to that life, and although I’m sure there are people who can, it’s not me. I’m a regular guy. I eat at diners and work at a gas station. That the song really gets rocking doesn’t hurt, either!

What does it take to be “innovative” in music?

Answer: Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Take chances. Play from your heart. Above all, stay true to yourself and to your band. Do what you wanna do, the way you wanna do it.

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

Answer: Yes! Our first album, “Repeater”, just came out and we’re really, really happy with it. It’s got kind of a lo-fi vibe, very garage-y, and it’s just so cool. We’ll start playing some dates in the Northeast this summer, kind of shake out the bugs, work on our stage show, and we’ll look at some limited touring after that- I’d expect the eastern seaboard to maybe as far west as Detroit. From there, we’ll see.

 

Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?

Totally. Catalinashortwave.com is a good place to start, and we’re also on Facebook ,Twitter and Reverbnation. We’ll also be online at all the major online radio sites.

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Set My Horses Free" is sort of an acoustic/country rock song. It's about figuring out how to live life when you're not sure why you're here, or if there is a God, and about wanting to be free of doubt and uncertainty. These blogs have been featuring it today:

http://www.pandameramag.com/2014/06/catalina-shortwave-set-my-horses-free.html
http://www.boomatemag.com/2014/06/catalina-shortwave-set-my-horses-free.html
http://www.folxanem.com/2014/06/catalina-shortwave-set-my-horses-free.html
http://www.wegetdown2biz.com/2014/06/catalina-shortwave-set-my-horses-free.html
http://www.hoodchurch.com/2014/06/catalina-shortwave-set-my-horses-free.html
http://www.vinylkids.com/2014/06/catalina-shortwave-set-my-horses-free.html
http://www.worza.com/2014/06/catalina-shortwave-set-my-horses-free.html
http://www.thegoldknife.com/2014/06/catalina-shortwave-set-my-horses-free.html

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These guys rock!

Catalina Shortwave will grab your attention with a sound that defies genres and has a truly unique sound, each song being very independent and different form the next. You can tell that these guys have a real passion for their music and you can almost hear them having fun during the songs! This is very rare in today's music-world and therefore these guys are worth checking out!


'Don't Never Take Your Love Away' has a smooth bluesy feel compared to the other songs on the album. This song also features some amazing female vocals. But the personal highlight for me is the guitar solo, that uses some awesome effects soundwise, and uses just the right techniques play-wise (bend-ups, pull-ups and pull-offs etc). The solo is nice and long as well, which suits the song.  

 

'Anne Boleyn' starts of with a Rock & Roll riff and I like what I hear straight away. The song is easy to listen to and I love the build-up of this song. But the highlight of the song is the guitar solo in the middle of the song. It is kept short, but played very well! The lyrics of the song are pretty funny and well written as well. I love the line 'Anne Boleyn, look at the shape you're in'.as well. I love the line 'Anne Boleyn, look at the shape you're in'. 

 

'Running on Vapor' is straight up classic Rock at it's finest! It is quite different sounding from the previous song and I love the versatility of this band!  

 

'You Rained Hell On Me' is a very psychedelic sounding song, and it has a definite 70s vibe that I love. The effects used in this song will take you back in time! 

 

'Naturally' is an almost experimental sounding Country Rock song, with a very catchy bass line and a guitar solo out of this world! 

 

'Wintersong' has probably the most accurate song-title I have ever heard. This song makes you feel like it is winter outside regardless of what the actual time of the year is. This song really rocks (almost like a classic rock song) and actually features a number of great solos, the best one (and longest one) being the one towards the end of the song. 

 

'Jennifers Paradise' Starts off with a wild melody and a classic rock sound that reminds me a little of bands like Led Zeppelin. It features a fast beat and this song rocks all the way! This is probably the most rocking song I have heard from this band so far! Rock on! 

 

'Hazel Dear' starts off with an amazing bass melody and the guitar kicks in a little later to give the song more edge. This is again a great classic rock song, with a slightly darker sound and it reminds me a little of Black Sabbath!

 

'There Ain't Much Going On But The Bottle' features amazing, quite serious lyrics and probably sums up a lot of peoples lives (or rather, what went wrong in those lives). The song is kept quite short and simple in terms of instruments, but the main message of this song are the lyrics. 

 

'Apart' sounds like a mixture of Country and Rock and I love the female supporting vocals in this song. It is a very easy to listen to love song and I especially love the solo with the 'wah wah' effect on the guitar. It gives the song a slight touch of the 70s and I am a big fan of 70s music, so that is a good thing. 


'Starstruck' is a sweet sounding country-rock song with some beautifully sung female vocals. The song is very easy to listen to and features great guitar work, as well as lyrics. As usual with this band, the guitar solos are top notch and the quality of the recording is also very professional!


'Set My Horses Free' sounds very 'stadium-rock' to me, and it features an impressive intro. The song also features an acoustic-guitar solo, which is rare these days and I think that this band actually managed to pull it off! I also think the harmonies at the end of the song are very well done and it actually sounds like they've 'set their horses free'.


'Make It Through The Night' is a sad love song with a hint of hope in it, in my opinion. Not necessarily in the lyrics, but rather in the melody. This song is again very different from the previous ones and I am impressed with the range of styles this band can play!

 

'She Set Me Free' actually starts off with the longest intro I have ever heard! It is actually two minutes long. The song itself is a very sinister and serious sounding, with a lot of drums and bass work, and sweet guitar solos in the middle and towards the end of the song. The song actually reminds me of Black Sabbath a lot (which is a compliment, since I love Black Sabbath).


'It Aint Cool To Say You're From Seattle Anymore' is the most hilarious song I have ever heard! The song just makes you smile and puts you in a good mood. It is a mixture of country, blues and rock.

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Catalina Shortwave is a band that thumbs its nose at genres. They are proudly lo-fi and have intuited that the beauty and magic of music can happen when the strength of the songs and the passion of the performances overcomes the usual limitations of a DIY project. The players – Brent, Marty and Dave – are three hardscrabble New York/New England music veterans who weave their hearts and lives into the music – the lost loves, the backbreaking lust, and the struggles with life’s poisons. With >>Repeater>>, they left their blood on the strings. We spoke to frontman, Dave Rizzo about the forming of the band and what they have in store for the rest of 2014.

Entertwine: How did you all meet and begin writing and playing music together?

Catalina Shortwave: We knew each other from the neighborhood.  Most musicians are always aware of the other musicians within a five mile radius!  We were all band-less or looking for something new, and when we got together all sorts of synapses started firing.  Songs came together quickly.  It was a rush of ideas.

ET: You’ve described your sound as Lo-Fi and DIY. What does that mean to you as a band?

CS: We’ve recorded in studios in the past, we’ve worked with mixing and mastering houses, and that’s a lot of fun.  But it can get expensive, especially if you’re looking to record 15 songs.  So we had to do a lot ourselves.  Burt when you have limited resources it brings out a lot of creativity, and you embrace those limitations in order to move beyond them, if that makes any sense.   So that aesthetic is part of our sound.

ET: What kind of experience do each of you bring to the table with so many years invested in the New York/New England music scenes?

CS: This area is culturally strange.  New York City is relatively close by, some of us have lived and work there, but there are horse and produce farms not far from where we live.  We’re sort of on a fault line between the Yankees and the Red Sox, urban and country, rock and soul.  And all of those styles of music influence each of us to different degrees, and that is reflected in the songs, for certain.

ET: What is the story behind the name Catalina Shortwave?

CS: Kind of my idea, but I think the guys embraced it.  It’s not a thing, a Catalina Shortwave, but it’s meant to evoke a certain set of images and feelings.  A  radio tower in the desert pumping out music to the lost, the lustful, and the strange.  The Catalina Mountains.  The radio can be a person’s lifeline, they can hear pieces of their lives in the music.  The insert to the physical CD has some lines that expand on these images.  They’re also on our Facebook page.

ET: Who are some of your influences and why do these artists inspire you?

CS: How much space do you have?  We like all sorts of rock, some of the more old school metal.  Punk and glam.  I like all that and 70s singer-songwriter stuff, and soul and R&B.  Right now I’m getting back into Gladys Knight, how she’d put so much feeling into her singing, she clipped the mic on some recordings, but in a good way.  Good things can happen when emotion pushes up against the limitations of the equipment.

ET: Seeing that you don’t stick to a singular genre, how would you describe your sound to a new listener?

CS: I think the thing that unites the songs is more thematic, the images they evoke, and the feeling we put into them.  We don’t hold anything back.  But it’s rock with country and R&B and punk influences, some subtle some not.  A lot of our favorite records are as diverse as Repeater.

ET: What life experiences or events led to the recording of your album Repeater? What was the recording process like for this album?

CS: There’s a lot of stuff on there that comes way up from the deep.  It’s all about love and lust and living and longing and  struggle and redemption, but we kind of end it in a way to show we have a sense of humor, and not to take it all too seriously.   As for recording, song by song, we tried to walk that line between “first idea, best idea” and doing take after take until you’re just sapped and all you wanna do is go out for a smoke.  I’d like to think we got the best take of the first idea.

ET: What is the over arching message or theme that you wish to convey with your music?

CS: Not so much a message but an exposition — an exploration of the light and shady sides of life and love, struggle and redemption, pleasure and pain.  A lot of lyrics I write are about these dualities.  I guess if there was a message it would be “enjoy the ride.”

ET: Can you tell us about a few of your most exciting live performances?  What’s next for you all in 2014? Any writing or planning for new material, shows, etc?

CS: Well, we released Repeater on June 3rd, so now we’re gearing up to support it however we can, with shows, digital radio and all the other stuff that unsigned bands do to grab a piece of the beach.  I will say that we are really really excited to play live.  The feeling you hear in those songs will come out strong.  We are definitely not a stand-there-and-play-it kind of band.  That reserved approach works well for some artists, but not for us.  I think we’re shooting to continue recording later this year, maybe an EP.  We have a lot to say.

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Catalina Shortwave “Repeater”

Published by hot on June 7, 2014  
Been checking out a truly unique EP from a great band Catalina Shortwave named “Repeater”.  This band defies genres and has a authentic, real, heartfelt sound that will grab you.  The sound and lyrics are raw and unfiltered let’s dig into this low-fi gem track by track.
Track 1 “Set My Horses Free” A great track to introduce this truly unique band.  This track features exceptional lyrics and honest and true playing.  Its unrefined quality is the best part about it, it is perfectly imperfect making no apologies.
Track 2 “It Ain’t Cool to Say You’re from Seattle Anymore” This is a great song laying out the story of Catalina Shortwave in a sort of Johnny Cash sort of way.  The vocals and lyrics and sound are so raw.  The song features a wild kazoo when you least expect it and really shows no apologies with anything.  
Track 3 “She Set Me Free” This is a wild track featuring sound effects and a really cool intro.  It weaves a great feel with a variety of sounds and statements reminiscent of old radio shows.  It is a very creative track that is certain to entertain.  The song is richly textured and paints a very interesting narrative.  You have to check it out for yourself, it is a keeper for any audiophile.
Track 4 “Make It Through the Night” This is a rockin’ toon featuring raw guitars.  The vocals are so rich and rip through with such an honesty.  This is the catchiest song on the EP with its hooky lyrics and riffs.
Track 5 “Starstruck”  Catalina Shortwave is clearly masters of catchy low-fi tunes with rich lyrics and soul.  This track features really nice backing vocals and such a real feel.  Really this EP is so real it rips right through your speakers and touches anyone who listens.
So glad Catalina Shortwave sent me their EP “Repeater”.  It is refreshingly a dose of raw, real songwriting that makes no apologies or should.  It is a gem that will make a great addition to any true music lover.  I am so glad I got a copy to check out and always like to hear things unfiltered and real.  Bravo!

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Catalina Shortwave “Repeater”

 

Been checking out a truly unique EP from a great band Catalina Shortwave named “Repeater”.  This band defies genres and has a authentic, real, heartfelt sound that will grab you.  The sound and lyrics are raw and unfiltered let’s dig into this low-fi gem track by track.

Track 1 Set My Horses Free” A great track to introduce this truly unique band.  This track features exceptional lyrics and honest and true playing.  Its unrefined quality is the best part about it, it is perfectly imperfect making no apologies.

Track 2 It Ain’t Cool to Say You’re from Seattle Anymore” This is a great song laying out the story of Catalina Shortwave in a sort of Johnny Cash sort of way.  The vocals and lyrics and sound are so raw.  The song features a wild kazoo when you least expect it and really shows no apologies with anything.  

Track 3 She Set Me Free” This is a wild track featuring sound effects and a really cool intro.  It weaves a great feel with a variety of sounds and statements reminiscent of old radio shows.  It is a very creative track that is certain to entertain.  The song is richly textured and paints a very interesting narrative.  You have to check it out for yourself, it is a keeper for any audiophile.

Track 4 Make It Through the Night” This is a rockin’ toon featuring raw guitars.  The vocals are so rich and rip through with such an honesty.  This is the catchiest song on the EP with its hooky lyrics and riffs.

Track 5 Starstruck”  Catalina Shortwave is clearly masters of catchy low-fi tunes with rich lyrics and soul.  This track features really nice backing vocals and such a real feel.  Really this EP is so real it rips right through your speakers and touches anyone who listens.

So glad Catalina Shortwave sent me their EP “Repeater”.  It is refreshingly a dose of raw, real songwriting that makes no apologies or should.  It is a gem that will make a great addition to any true music lover.  I am so glad I got a copy to check out and always like to hear things unfiltered and real.  Bravo!

 

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 3, 2014

AMERICAN ROCK BAND “CATALINA SHORTWAVE” RELEASES >>REPEATER>>

June 3, 2014, New York, New York.

YES, THIS IS PRETTY MUCH NOT A GOOD PRESS RELEASE

Why? Because it's being written by a guy in the band - Catalina Shortwave - that would rather be playing music, but who is filling up his "free time" from his day gig trying to promote his band, and being told that he needs to do all sorts of things and spend all sorts of yet-to-be-earned money to do it.  And the bank keeps calling about his credit card. 

So he’ll keep it simple.

He is me, and here's what I'd like to tell you:

Some guys made this record. Each of them is a musician at heart who deals with the daily ups-n-downs of day gigs, finding day gigs, keeping day gigs, raising families, waiting in line at Dunkin for the same stuff he ordered every other Saturday or Sunday for the last year. These three guys knew each other from their town in Western Connecticut - a bucolic, leafy place that - if you look hard enough - has deep, dark cracks. They've fallen in and out of those cracks. Like, a lot.

So they got together in 2013 and started putting songs together. Dave had an overstuffed folder of fraying lyrics that he'd accumulated over the years, adding to the pile week by week, getting up in the middle of the night to go into his closet to whisper melodies into his iPhone. Brent brought his guitar and bass over to Dave's basement, where Dave's son had a drum kit getting dusty (even though the kid's pretty good), and they'd construct these songs. They started recording into a Mac so old it forgot to die, which they named - somewhat but not completely affectionately - "Success", because of its habit of freezing when the take was going perfectly. Marty then joined them, bringing in his guitars and occasionally a 4-track tape cassette recorder that made the Mac look like Peter Pan.  

After many weeks of collaborating, including through one nasty New England winter plugging away in Dave's cold, unfinished basement, they came up with these fifteen songs, collected on their album >>Repeater>>.

So what about these songs, then? Well, they are very different from each other. The record starts off with this blues rock burner, switches to this punky, power pop, skinny tie deal, and down the track list it gets into among other things some Springsteen-cum-punk experimentation, some updated 70s singer-songwriter type stuff, high energy hard rock, electric-acoustic rock with a southern rock vibe, a short dark country-ish ditty that could be a warped drinking song, and a Planet Caravan-type mood piece that puts you in a car traveling along a desert highway.  Then it comes in for a landing with a bouncy Johnny Cash-like song with a kazoo solo.

So yeah, the songs are different. By design and by default.  Because these guys are lovers of music and have a lot of different things on their personal playlists. Glen Campbell co-exists with Raydio, Iggy Pop and Satie. You get the picture. And this album is for like minded folks who just want music that's good, who can appreciate all sorts of music if it's written fearlessly but lovingly and the songs are performed with fidelity to whatever passions that caused them to be. That said, >>Repeater>> is most definitely a rock album, and the tracks are united in their attitude, themes, and the "feel" of the guys who played them.

So that's our press release. We'll tell you anything you'd care to know about us or the band or the record, as quickly as we can and though the medium of your choice. Please, just ask.

This record was a light in our lives for the past year. We hope it shines some light in yours.

"WAX EX-STATIC" RELEASED February 23, 2016!

February 23, 2016 - Following on the success of 2014's REPEATER and 2015's RADIO VOODOO: SONGS FROM THE DARK END OF THE DIAL, Catalina Shortwave announced today the release of their third record "WAX EX-STATIC" - a hard-hitting collection of five songs exploring themes of temptation, oppressions, loneliness and life on a dysfunctional planet.  Says frontman Dave Rizzo: "We are really very proud of this record, we feel like we're in full stride.  We never want to make the same record twice, so we pushed the envelope on style and and our themes but made sure the songs were accessible, intelligent and delivered honestly."  The band said that they while they are bringing WAX EX-STATIC to live audiences, they are once again working on new material, which they hope to release later in 2016.

"RADIO VOODOO" Released September 15, 2015!

Catalina Shortwave's second record - "RADIO VOODOO-SONGS FROM THE DARK END OF THE DIAL" - is now available as a physical disc or download on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon or wherever you buy music, and is streaming on your favorite music site.

Get updated on shows, events, releases, press and parties . . .

WAX EX-STATIC & RADIO VOODOO tracks . . .

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