CAT HEAVEN

Liv­ing Room NIGHTCRAWLERS

Australian Guitar - - Cd Reviews - MATT DO­RIA

De­spite its cover art a stark blue all over, the de­but EP from Syd­ney’s post-punk su­per­group Cat Heaven will make you feel any­thing but. A ver­i­ta­ble Avengers of DIY tal­ent com­pris­ing mem­bers of Mere Women, No Art, Hira Hira and Nice Guys – pro­duced by the inim­itable Jay Whalley of Fren­zal Rhomb, too – the record seeps from ev­ery pore with vir­tu­os­ity.

Gui­tars are rough and raw but tear through the mix with im­pos­si­ble bright­ness – ev­ery fiz­zling line will stick to your eardrums, but the deep and driv­ing vo­cals wash them down with a po­lar­is­ing edge. There’s a bit of a Sonic Youth vibe in the riffage, Matt Sal­iba fret­ting to his heart’s con­tent with­out a hic­cup. He and front­woman Trischelle Roberts gel ef­fort­lessly in the mix – Roberts’ bass yields a rau­cous punch to coun­ter­act Sal­iba’s grit. Much like its cover art (which, side­note, looks a lit­tle like the up­stairs of Syd­ney’s iconic Red Rat­ter),

Liv­ingRoom is ti­tled mis­lead­ingly – this is a record that be­longs square in the mid­dle of a dark venue packed to the rafters, belt­ing from the PA in all of its erup­tive fer­vour.

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