Caterpillar Tracks â€“ Scrape The Summer / 2007 Phratry Records / 5 Tracks / http://www.phratryrecords.com /
Caterpillar Tracks is an act that we know well at NeuFutur. We reviewed their self-titled album a few years back, and â€œScrape The Summerâ€ continues with the same rich style. â€œItâ€™s Scientific, Goddamnâ€ is a track that has a lot of Replacements and 1986-era Goo Goo Dolls present in the overall sound, but this sound is moderated by â€œPablo Honeyâ€-like Radiohead and just a little bit of the angular sound of a Franz Ferdinand. Tie that all together with a set of vocals that sounds like Jordanâ€™s (Against Me!) before the band sold their soul to Sire, and what one has with the opening of â€œScrape The Summerâ€ is a damn catchy track. â€œHow Secure, Secureâ€ continues with the same energy present during â€œItâ€™s Scientific, Goddamnâ€, and throws in a set of guitars that are looking back to seventies rock and modifies the vocals a little bit to reflect more of a Latterman influence.
â€œOh Middle Browâ€ is the discâ€™s shortest track, clocking in barely above two and a half minutes, and seems to be the one track that sets the instrumentation at a level that even exceeds that of the vocals. This different dynamic makes the track even more special and the effective length much longer than the length would normally allow for â€“ individuals can zone out to the sizzling guitars and chunky bass lines present on this track. Â â€œSlippery Slopeâ€ goes full-blown seventies with the linkage of guitar and drum, and the result is yet another strong one by Caterpillar Tracks. Speaking editorially, Iâ€™m damn sorry I gave CT a 6.8 on their last album; Iâ€™m still scratching my head on that one. It may be because the band shines brighter on a shorter format or that theyâ€™ve evolved over the last few years, but Caterpillar Tracks are one hell of a band.
Top Track: Itâ€™s Scientific, Goddamn