Caterpillar Tracks may categorize their sound as being descended from Fugazi, but with their first track, â€œJust Here To Visitâ€, the band shows their allegiance to Monster Magnet, Offspring, and Henry Rollins. The straight-forward rock assault of Caterpillar Tracks on this song is one of the best lead ins to a disc, benefiting even more from the surf-breakdowns nestled away in opportune moments during the track. The vocals that dominate during â€œBoot Strap Inflationâ€ seem more Eddie Vedder than Ian MacKaye, but this is not necessarily a bad thing as they do interact favorably to the repetitious bass line and screeching guitar lines. â€œBoot Strap Inflationâ€ ends with the ultimate chaos, using two different social classes of guitars to drive home its point. First off, the â€œrichâ€ guitars soar above the track in their Hummers, while the rabble, the peasant masses of guitar struggle in vain to reach the heavens.
â€œProper Method of Displayâ€ make seem to some to be the momentum-killer of the disc, as it has a two minute instrumental lead in dropped straight at the beginning of the track. However, Caterpillar tracks is a spastic enough band to allow for a host of differing arrangements to allow the track to gracefully incorporate vocals. The Vedder-tenor is again achieved during the track, and more than that, the entire track has a â€œDo The Evolutionâ€ feel to it. â€œTruth Acquisitionâ€ opens up in an more introspective vein than previous tracks, but no worries about Caterpillar Tracks going soft â€“ just as with the rest of the tracks, â€œTruth Acquisitionâ€ uses in a very successful way surf-guitar. â€œBig Gunsâ€ sounds so much like a Thought Riot song that I wouldnâ€™t be surprised hearing it on one of their CDs, but there is enough in the way of idiosyncrasies that make this track undeniably Caterpillar Tracksâ€™.
Staving off some of the nervous energy that marked â€œBig Gunsâ€, the long lead-in to â€œLast Desperate Moveâ€ opens up to show a brooding and iconic type of track. â€œLast Desperate Moveâ€ clenches and releases a number of times, pulling in listeners and spitting them out in the space of just a few seconds. Caterpillar Tracks are their own type of music despite the comparisons that can be made. Skillfully moving between alternative, indie, punk, emo, and harder-rock, Caterpillar Tracks are equally comfortable in whatever portions of those genres they decide to use for the track.
Top Tracks: Big Guns, Con The Consulate
Caterpillar Tracks â€“ Self/Titled / 2004 Phratry Records / 8 Tracks / http://www.caterpillartracks.org/ firstname.lastname@example.org / Reviewed 19 February 2005