Sunday, 8 March 2015

Oliver: Catherine Wheel - Let Me Down Again (1 December 1991)

If the raison d'être of shoegazing music was to allow quiet lads the chance to be noisy, then no band better exemplified that than the Great Yarmouth four-piece, Catherine Wheel.  Taken from their major label debut EP, Black Metallic, Let Me Down Again is a relentless wash of noise through which voices strain to be heard, breaking through the film of sound with the standard shoegazing vocal trope of "Ah-ahh-ahh-ah".  It's all very well done, but given the monolithic brilliance of the EP's title track (soon to be heard on this blog), it's very much the after dinner mint in the Catherine Wheel banquet.

Video courtesy of Constipateduck.

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