Monday, January 23, 2012

City Of Caterpillar


City of Caterpillar are one of these bands I tend to forget about and from time to time re-discover how amazing they actually are. They were a band from Richmond, VA that existed between 2000 and 2003 and members were invovled in other very influental bands, including Pg.99, Malady, Verse En Coma, Majority Rule, Darkest Hour, and many others. They released a demo, splits with System 2000 and Pg.99, a tour 7", a full-length and a compilation release (demo + live recordings).

Their music moves from technical to restrained in a matter of seconds, often showcasing the prowess of their drummer. City of Caterpillar's music brings a great deal of focus to its dynamics, using (yet expanded upon) the standard emo formula pioneered by bands like Indian Summer, as well as the epic, dirge-like qualities of Portraits of Past. Like these bands, they often use the entire band to crescendo into a huge cathartic climax. Their sound encompassed a style which was more influenced by bands such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mogwai than any of the older emo bands, and was very bipolar in its approach. Very long, slow build-ups would give way to chaotic screaming and passionate singing. (Yeah, obviously I copied that from Wikipedia)

And You're Wondering How A Top Floor Could Replace Heaven from the s/t LP

City Of Caterpillar (2002)
01. And You're Wondering How A Top Floor Could Replace Heaven
02. A Heart Filled Reaction To Dissatisfaction
03. Minute-Hour-Day-Week-Month-Year-(The Fatihs In My Chest)
04. Fucking Hero
05. When Was The Last Time We Painted Over The Blood On The Walls?
06. A Little Change Could Go A Long Ways
07. Maybe They'll Gnaw Right Through

Document #9 (2001)
01. Pg.99 - The Lonesome Waltz Of Leonard Cohen
02. Pg.99 - The List
03. City Of Caterpillar - An Innocent Face
04. City Of Caterpillar - The Ghosts Of Shadows Passing In City Streets

System 2600/City Of Caterpillar (2000)
01. City Of Caterpillar - Track One
02. City Of Caterpillar - Track Two
03. System 2600 - Track Three
04. System 2600 - Track Four

Demo (2000)
01. A Heart Filled Reaction To Dissatisfaction
02. 2
03. 3
04. 4
05. 5

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