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Albums Of The Week: Catcher | The Fat Of A Broken Heart

Mournful violin adds new textures to this Brooklyn sextet's grim, vintage post-punk.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Catcher are a Brooklyn post-punk band with a reputation for visceral and powerful live performances.

Drawing comparisons to The Birthday Party, Sonic Youth and The Fall, Catcher deliver music with a driving and inundating low-end, provided by childhood friends Cameron McRae and Wilson Chestney, on bass and drums respectively. Guitarists Jack Young and Christian Reech interweave melodies and noise to create an environment that manages to be at once both bleak and moving, desolate but hopeful, violent but tender. Classically trained violinist Zach Mezzo brings, through his background in experimental composition, a combination of moody swells, driving staccatos, and vicious noise that enrich and accentuate the dynamics and dramatics inherent to the band’s songwriting. Vocalist Austin Eichler commands listeners with a domineering and chaotic presence. From drawling croons to powerful screams, Austin’s narrative lyrics invoke a wide spectrum of emotion while creating a world of their own.

Through endless hours of practice and work the band has crafted a gripping and tight live performance and a growing international fanbase.”