Catfish Blue's last album, Carrera Targa, was recorded in the fall of 2000 and released in the fall of 2001. An EP, it was intended as a stopgap on the way to a full album that would never come. The band effectively ended in the fall of 2003, leaving unrecorded an album's worth of songs written in those three years.
In the summer of 2009, the original members got together in Northampton, MA and a conversation started about a reunion show. That Thanksgiving they played the Old Forge in Lanesboro, MA, their home away from home. More Thanksgiving reunions followed, but so did kids, making extended trips harder and harder.
But in the summer of 2017, the members of Catfish Blue reunited in Minnesota to finally make that lost album. Comprising songs that appeared on the live EP 1 2 Fireball and other songs that only existed as demos, Sky Grows Light is a fitting capstone to pull together and document the band's final years.
Although they began life as a blues band, by the time they broke up they had taken on influences from soul, funk and indie rock. Sky Grows Light remains true to that eclectic taste, beginning with the straight ahead rock of "Transatlantia," passing through the altered blues of "Sugar Woman," turning darker on the murder ballad "ICFYB" and eventually settling peacefully into "His Tusks."
It's an album for, fundamentally, two groups of people: 1.) the band, giving them a chance to realize songs that have lived only as demos and lo-fi live recordings on old iPods and burned CD-Rs for more than a decade, and 2.) whoever out there may have once gone to a Catfish Blue show or bought one of their albums or let them crash on their couch. Maybe there's only a couple dozen of you out there, but if anything here gives you a sharp, sweet jab in the gut, it's all worth it.
released January 24, 2017
Sean McPherson :: bass
Steve McPherson :: guitar, vocals
Conor Meehan :: drums
Todd Stentiford :: vocals, guitar
with Charlie Smith :: keys, vocals
Recorded at Hideaway Studios, Aug 12–14, 2017
Engineered and mixed by Joe Mabbott
Mastered by Bruce Templeton at Microphonic Mastering
1. Transatlantia (Steve McPherson)
2. Magnetic (Todd Stentiford, Steve McPherson)
3. Sugar Woman (Steve McPherson)
4. Maggie Cassidy (Steve McPherson)
5. 27 Nov 89 (Steve McPherson)
6. Banana Bread (Sean McPherson)
7. ICFYB (Todd Stentiford)
8. Electro-Spanish (Steve McPherson)
9. Glass (Steve McPherson)
10. Cordite (Steve McPherson)
11. His Tusks (Todd Stentiford)
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