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Artist: CATS, THE
Title: Relax On Everyone
Format: LP
Label: Manondor
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
“This GREAT record out of Philadelphia showed up with little fanfare: record w/ paste-on sleeve, fake Matador logo, an invoice claiming I owe them $49.99 upon receipt of this promo. They deserve at least half of that (and are charging far less, like a reasonable $10 per LP) for this fine effort, steeped in the kind of splintered ‘90s indie rock filigree that comes with triangulation between Philly college radio/WPRB saturation, a sideline in Jersey Shore pop punk regionalism, with some great, and the low pressure of affordable living, with raspy female vocals in the Peppermint Patty vein. The lack of polish across all tracks here works to their advantage, veritable breathing holes inside their basement jar life as this five-piece crawls and scrapes their way through two sides of hooky, tire-kicking material, jumping carelessly between budget studio and noisy four-track. There’s been at least one comparison in my peer group to where the Crutchfield sisters are coming from, but at this late date, it’s not like anyone can really claim ownership to the music of two generations past, and lyrically (“Club M”) it would appear that The Cats have been around the block a few more times with regards to their location, and have a lot more to say about it. Locality at its finest. Strong work and I hope there’s more to follow. 225 numbered copies.” - Doug Mosurock, Still Single.

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