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Catalina Shortwave

Ridgefield, Connecticut

because awesome

About Catalina Shortwave


The Track submitted here is “Darkstar” off of the band’s Radio Voodoo release.

As with many rock bands, Catalina Shortwave’s story starts in a basement. So what’s special here?

Well, for starters, this was a basement in New England, in winter. Unless you’re well heeled, that means it was very, very cold. And very, very wet. That is how Catalina Shortwave, based in western Connecticut, started. Cold, wet, penniless. Their first release, 2014’s Repeater, was produced in a chilled basement on the barest of budgets, which is a nice way of saying that everything they used to make it was begged for, borrowed, or stolen. Repeater was lo-fi and raw, but the band’s songwriting and its strong performances shined. Repeater was followed up Catalina Shortwave’s second release, Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial, an offering that brought together the pluses of professional production with the immediacy and honesty of the best of DIY.

Now in full stride, the band presents their third release, Wax Ex-Static, which officially issued on February 23, 2016.

Wax Ex-Static punches hard with five songs that explore dark themes of temptation, oppression, loneliness and humankind’s dysfunctional relationship with its world, all with the band’s characteristically intelligent, accessible songwriting. A good example is ‘Hazel Dear’ – which starts with a spoken word poem that yields to a thumping baseline and eventually escalates into a cataclysmic chorus. It is a story, based in part on actual events, about a young woman in the ‘dust bowl’ of 1930s America who struggles in a natural hell created by a people desperate to use the prairie for sustenance.

David Rizzo (words and vocals), Martin Stauffer (guitars), Keith Morey (guitars), Roy Scaturo (bass guitar) and John Garvey (drums) all live in or around hilly Ridgefield, Connecticut, where for the past two years they have been creating, rehearsing and recording their music in a roomy log cabin-looking studio in the New England woods. And when not there, Catalina Shortwave can be caught playing clubs all over their home state and just-within-reach New York City, with occasional junkets elsewhere, bringing their supercharged and riveting live shows to the growing base of rockers, punks, metalheads and even lovers of the blues and soul that are drawn to something fresh and yet familiar in their sound. To the initiated this comes as no surprise, for Catalina Shortwave are veteran musicians who’ve played in touring disco bands in the 70s (Roy), thrashcore bands a bit more recently (John), and a slew of other known or obscure outfits spanning punk to country-rock to power metal (everyone else).

Catalina Shortwave are actively touring to promote Wax Ex-Static as well as 2015’s Radio Voodoo, and are once again working on another release, targeted for late 2016. The band promises that its next and fourth record will continue to feature a blend of styles and dramatic dynamics. Wax Ex-Static can be purchased online at Amazon.com, iTunes, CD Baby and all other major distribution outlets. Physical copies of their releases are available at Amazon, CD Baby and at their performances.

Band links:


Catalina Shortwave
c/o Bitten Lip Word & Sound, 5 Still Hollow Place, Ridgefield CT, U.S.A. 06877


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