Catherine Wheel

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... read moreOne of the first bands to openly and fully embrace the first wave of British shoegazer acts such as My Bloody Valentine and House of Love, Catherine Wheel expertly mixed those bands' atmospheric guitar swirls with a bombastic, alternative rock crunch. During its decade-long run, Catherine Wheel...

Key songs

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Crank
3:45
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Wish You Were Here
3:26
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Judy Staring At The Sun
3:57
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Sparks Are Gonna Fly
4:15
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Waydown
3:14

Biography

Active: 1990s-2000s
Country Of origin: England

Like many other British guitar bands of the early '90s, Catherine Wheel relied heavily on distortion as a way of creating texture and using their airy vocals as atmosphere. While their melodies are actually quite straight-forward, they are submerged in layers of guitar effects and droning chords. Like Lush and Ride, Catherine Wheel's blend of hooks and white noise are pop songs, not free-form explorations with a floating melody. It is that quality that created a buzz in Britain around their first EP, She's My Friend, in 1991. Their subsequent two albums, 1992's Ferment and 1993's Chrome, earned them a solid fan base in England. The heavy rock attack of 1995's Happy Days increased their following in America; Like Cats and Dogs, a collection of B-sides and unreleased tracks, followed in 1996, and a year later, Catherine Wheel issued their fourth studio LP, Adam and Eve. After a four-year hiatus, the band resurfaced with Wishville, their first album for new label Columbia. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine~ Rovi

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