by Danny Murray
Review date: October 2003
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award"|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by The Blues Foundation
Straight ahead guitar rockin' no shit messin' around slide your fine ass
down and have a beer style, listenin' to the blues of catfish blue, adds a
new sensitivity to the light in the room, and requires no work to even sit
up out of bed. Just sit back and let the world drift by your window, in this
tv-less room. "It's so hard to know what to do. I saw this girl I once
knew," Todd Stentiford sings in his Lynrd Skynryd tinged falsetto. And they
wind the guitars like pin wheels in the ferris wheel of an afternoon where
the summer refuses to end. And you think of all the southern rock bands you
knew in the sixties, and remember why you liked them for a time. The
mournful 2x2 highlights the song writing skills of guitarist Steve
McPherson, and the heart of singer Stentiford. Five songs just ain't enough
but they manage in this tight time span to make you forget what era you are
living in and the colour of your hair, especially if it's already starting
to turn grey. However, and forevermore, it is appreciated when a band saves
their best song for the last and the ballad Come Home makes you long for
more of these blues. The reality of a summer's day at the end of the
solstice, another storm that didn't hit, another war that shouldn't be
fought, another age that is allowed to close, another time where songs come
from, and I ask myself how good it is to come home. More from these guys can
be found on their web site www.northernspy.net where the old
www.catfishblue.net web site will now take you. If you like raw rock
ballads vintage seventies grunge, and are still listening to Zeppelin but
want to hear some great original stuff, dial up this site and get wise.
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