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In January, 2010, less than a year since the release of their debut album, catl released With the Lord for cowards you will find no place, an "electrically recorded" long-play record with CD included. The record release show was at a jam-packed Silver Dollar Room, Toronto, on January 15, 2010. See clip of the show to the left.
Toronto-based catl is joined by Johnny LaRue on drums and Sarah Kirkpatrick on organ, percussion and vocals. Combined they bring years of punk-influenced rock ‘n’ roll to their music (catl in Pecola; LaRue in No No Zero and Exploders, Sarah in Shitt Hottt), and their music has been described as everything from "dirt blues" to "swamp boogie" to scuzz blues."
PRAISE FOR WITH THE LORD FOR COWARDS YOU WILL FIND NO PLACE:
"When Jon Spencer yelped 'play the blues, punk!' back in 1994, the notion seemed almost blasphemous in an American indie culture still trying to sever ties with rock ’n’ roll’s past. But in a post-White Stripes/Black Keys world, the blues have been deemed a safe haven for grown-up punks who still like to keep it raw and real, but couldn’t give two shits about fleeting hipster fashions. And few are enjoying their second wind quite like local bluesman catl. (a.k.a. ex-Pecola frontman Jamie Fleming) and his skin-beating accomplice Johnny LaRue (formerly of garage-rock marauders The Exploders) — for album number two, the duo have even added multi-instrumentalist/cheerleader Sarah K to better approximate the experience of a joyous, and exceedingly sweaty, Sunday-night juke-joint bender. But being the seasoned vets that they are, catl. and crew know not to show their hand too early: With the Lord for cowards… begins in congenial busker-blues mode (complete with a foot-stompin’ cover of Charley Patton’s “Oh Death”), before introducing some Stonesy swagger (“Church on Time”) and Blues Explosive funk (“Caroline”) and bringing it on home with the slide-geetar grease of “Workin’ Man’s Soul” — the sort of paint-peeling closer that makes you hope whatever venues catl. play next are up to spec on their fire-code regulations." (4-STARS) -- Stuart Berman, EYE WEEKLY 01/14/10
"Unlike many other bands that come and go in this town, catl actually
deserves both the attention and every single shaking fan they get out to
their shows." --City TV/The Untold City
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/catlmusic#ixzz14MVpkPjz