Terrible band name, but a great record. This isn’t a happy album at all, but pure desperation rock. The whole recording has this big, empty feel to it with massively echoed, resigned vocals, drums that sound like they’re being played in a bottomless pit, and clean, reverbed out, surfy guitar and bass that could play at a beach party as imagined by Hieronymus Bosch. If the Wipers recorded Youth of America or Over the Edge today, this is what you would get. This is so awesomely good, but if you put Cat Party on when you feel depressed, you should probably kiss the will to get out of bed goodbye for the day. I mean, the lyric “What’s there to lose by giving in?” from the song “Dead Weight” pretty much sums up where this record’s coming from. This is an exciting band to discover, even if the band could probably get a tour sponsorship from Prozac.
–Adrian (Flat Black)