CAT PARTY: Rest in Post: LP

Sep 20, 2017

This is not your typical Hostage Records release. Nowhere to be found are the shredding odes to getting fucked up on the beach. Is it post-punk? It’s post-punk. Cat Party are a post-punk band (I think). Intensely driving songs with shimmering guitar and ethereal vocals about loneliness and internal turmoil (I think). The more I listen to this, the more I hear the Hostage Records shining through. I think about some of the So-Cal hardcore bands that embraced a band like Joy Division as much as Black Flag. T.S.O.L., and Rikk Agnew’s solo stuff come to mind instantly. Cat Party don’t sound like those bands, but they have a distinct vibe, and I can’t get enough. When I was a dumb punk kid (as opposed to an alleged punk adult?) I remember the joke was that we listened to The Cure, Bauhaus, and Joy Division as a way to get with girls. The truth is, I ended up loving each of those bands, but I think I like Cat Party more than all of them. This has become one of my favorite Hostage Records releases, and I am a bit of a super fan. I cannot recommend this enough! –Ty Stranglehold (Hostage)