Cat-A-Tac starts out their â€œPast Lies and Former Livesâ€ with a track that has a very nineties alternative type of feel to it. Coupled with that, â€œNeedles and Pinsâ€ has more than itsâ€™ fair share of electronic and New Romantic influence, which makes Cat-A-Tac into a different act than anyone has previously heart. With a strong momentum going into the title track, Cat-A-Tac go in a different track. The style approached during this track is still in the alternative/indie framework, but goes in a early Goo Goo Dolls or Lucero type of approach.
The instrumentation is still solid and the arrangements are such that they hold to heavy listening. By taking two different tacks with these first tracks, Cat-A-Tac gives listeners a little bit of confusion and really throws their expectations to the wayside. With a fresh slate seemingly for every track on â€œPast Lies and Former Livesâ€, Cat-A-Tac goes into â€œBurnedâ€ as strong as they entered the title track. Perhaps the most impressive of the early tracks on â€œPast Lies and Former Livesâ€ has to be the longer â€œAloneâ€. â€œAloneâ€ has a very stretched out arrangement that uses a great deal of feedback to beef up what at times is a little thin and tenuous. The fullness given Cat-A-Tac by this track is something that the band should look into incorporating in subsequent recordings. The band keeps changing up their overall sound throughout the entirety of â€œPast Lies and Former Livesâ€, which means that â€œCredit Whoreâ€ has a faux-Detroit rock sound to it that has not previously been heard on this disc.
While lesser bands would go and make a completely confusing and weak album out of all these different styles, Cat-A-Tac is able to make something that is eclectic and different-sounding while still having enough of a thread strung throughout the discâ€™s 12 tracks. Cat-A-Tac is able to keep listeners interested throughout a forty-minute album, and that is saying a lot in the period of singles and EPs. There are tracks that show the bandâ€™s more clearly than others (â€œRespiteâ€ shows the bandâ€™s love of Radiohead, for example) but the band never lets their influences dominate over their own unique sound. Keep checking out Cat-A-Tac in the years to come, and it is my sincere belief that they will be able to top the already-impressive work that can be found here on â€œPast Lies and Former Livesâ€.
Top Tracks: Respite, Powder