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Old highway spools out towards the horizon. Endless, without destination, no beginning, no end. Now and then an occasional traveler, coming or going. Some lost, but all are wandering. And among them the ghosts of those who traveled this road before, a long time gone.

The sun is setting, it vibrates, paints the sky red. The anticipation of night. Portends lust, maybe love. A promise of danger. A night of tangled lovers, panting. Elsewhere a solitary figure on an empty street, walking. In some dark corners, violence, and the blood tastes like iron. Neon lights. Or firelight. In the distance, a screeching tire. Angry words and laughs. Moans and shouts. Somewhere, a lone shortwave radio. Somewhere else, just silence.

The desert wind is still warm. Smells of rock dust, blooms, smoke. Gasoline, liquor and wine. And perfume, or is that just you remembering?

Your motor rumbles. Headlights grope through the darkening sky, feeling for the road ahead. Tires rolling, rolling. And the warm light from the dash washes your face.

You reach over for the radio dial, and turn. Preachers in the wilderness. Turn. Spanish echoes frantically from across the border. Turn. Whispered confessions and lonely hearts weeping. Turn - and here, bleeding out from some tower far away, some music. Honest, raw, visceral, wrenching. A sweaty cocktail of joy and remorse, lust and loneliness, passion and pain. You pull back from the dial, you leave it there.

And you keep moving...

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"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.

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