The Catheters are both primal and ballsy, though there is an overwhelming sense of urgency and joy, not threatening machismo. On the newly released Howling...And it Grows and Grows!!!, the regular garage touchstones are in place: the Stooges' big, dumb beat keeps raucous time throughout, and frontman Brian Standeford has a touch of the Pretty Things in his to-the-wall delivery. But the 20-something Catheters are products of their generation as well, and the band has nicked Pavement's erratic guitar tuning and Mudhoney's fuzz pedals. What's left is a mix that doesn't prey on nostalgia but that has pumped some vitality into an oft-formulaic genre.
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