FATAL FIGURES: Caterwaul: LP

This album has a big, sloppy sound reminiscent of The Birthday Party. I appreciate what they are doing, but the album never fully takes off for me. “Party Girl” has a jumpy beat that makes it a standout. “Break Me” also got me nodding a bit, highlighting good party floor tom beats and a solid yelling range by the vocalist. He has good instincts when the album is moving, but the songs plod too many times for my taste. The last song on the album, “Get Out,” combines the best strong beats of the band with the energy of the vocalist. There might be a live factor with this band that doesn’t translate on the record. They sound like they might be fun in a basement.

 –Billups Allen (Big Neck)