If there weren’t so many crap noisy bands around, and so few good ones, there’s a chance the Catbirds wouldn’t need to exist; on the other hand, they’d still probably need to be making some contribution to the general din, just out of sheer orneriness.
If Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga had quadruplets, except somehow they ended up being kind of musical in addition to being rather large and rubbery, and it happened about 50 or 60 years ago, well, presto! -the Catbirds.
The players, in alphabetical order, are:
Rikki Bates, distinctive, very tall amazing unforgettable drummer-in-a-dress with the Incredible Casuals, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, and Space Pussy;
Dinty Child, youthful mandocellist/guitarist/accordionist/vocalist, also known for his work w. Session Americana, the Funky White Honkies, and the CTP; the man who put the second “o” in “potato”; more at the Session Americana website bio page;
Chandler Travis, the eldest, also of the Casuals and the CTP, still trying to make bass playing interesting after all these years, can also sing a little; more at the Chandler Travis website bio page;
Steve Wood, formerly of the Freeze and the Greenheads, large candy and pulverizing wielder of the Steve Wood guitar and vocal technique, thug of thugs, loudest of the loud, the heart and soul of the Catbirds.
Yes, they have some fucking experience, for instance decades of musically bludgeoning New England and parts beyond, particularly the bay state of Massachusetts, which still votes funny as a result. These four converged in 2010 to fight the war on boring and to get all of you people moving again (which they hope to do by using the ancient techniques of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and crazy loud stupid stuff).
In summer 2011 The Catbirds presented their first recorded collision with the “Viborate” EP. The quartet spent two days in a studio last November and cut more songs than they could reasonably fit on one album, so they made the “Viborate” EP, along with the “Gonna Keep Drivin’” digital single from January of 2012, the appetizers for their brand new full-length debut album, “Catbirds Say Yeah”, which came out in January, 2013.
And there’s still enough cool stuff left over for another fatso EP!!