Catherine Wheel

Catherine Wheel

中文名:Catherine Wheel 外文名:Catherine Wheel 国籍:英国 团员人数:4 成立日期:1990年 简介:by Andy Kellman By using their influences as a mere launching pad and consistently developing their many strengths, Catherine Wheel was able to outlast all of their early peers. With their initial singles and first album, the band from East Anglia fit snugly with the remainder of bands that the British press eventually labeled as shoegazers, a short-lived sub-scene of bands that were characterized by an inactive stage presence, loads of effects pedals, and buried vocals. However, the always tuneful Catherine Wheel survived by refusing to repeat themselves and remaining accessible to their constantly swelling fanbase through touring like dogs. The bands extensive discography plays like a how-to guide for bands that aspire to do most things imaginable within the domain of bass/drum/guitar/vocals with enthusiasm and sharp skill. They might not have reached the level of popularity that they aimed for, but their career was one that most bands would commit felonies to experience. Formed by Rob Dickinson (vocals and guitar), Brian Futter (guitar), Dave Hawes (bass), and Neil Sims (drums) in 1990, Catherine Wheel debuted on the tiny Norwich independent label Wilde Club with the Shes My Friend and Painful Thing singles. Though inspired by the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen and the House of Love, even the bands earliest recordings strayed from being derivative. Those singles earned them a spot on John Peels BBC show. One listener was famed producer and non-musician Brian Eno, who was delighted enough by what he heard to phone the bands manager up and express admiration. Eno, who had his Opal label at the time, threw his hat into the ring of people wanting to release the bands future material. Since the tiny Opal imprint didnt fit into the big plans the band had for themselves, they declined to sign on with the bald wonder. Creation boss Alan McGee was another interested major figure. Since McGee was about to become knee-deep in debt, thanks to the extensive costs of My Bloody Valentines Loveless, the band passed on the pre-Oasis label. Fontana had the ability to market the band on a wider scale and the labels licensing deal with Mercury in the U.S. made them more attractive. Signed to Fontana, the band set about wrangling a producer for their debut full-length. Being huge fans of Talk Talks sonically expansive records, they contacted the bands associate, Tim Friese-Greene. To their pleasant surprise, Friese-Greene had bought the Wild Club singles and needed no convincing to work with them. Friese-Greene became the fifth Wheel as much as he was the fifth member of Talk Talk, playing a crucial role in sound development, production, and adding his trademark keyboards when necessary. Ferment gained the band a small following in their native land and abroad on the strength of the epic Black Metallic, which remained the bands most recognized song throughout their career. The cinematic Chrome followed in 1993, toughening the bands sound and providing increased exposure on U.S. alternative radio through Crank. Dickinsons increased confidence as a singer allowed them more emotional depth. Another strong alliance was forged with engineer Gil Norton during the recording sessions. As always, extensive touring ensued and the bands heavier edge on stage was captured on 1995s Happy Days, which hardcore fans dismissed for being too flat-out rock for their tastes. Neo-metal single Waydown was the radio staple in the U.S., giving the band more exposure than ever. At this point, the band was criticized for abandoning Britain, which was something of a fallacy. Although they would routinely circle the U.S. multiple times while touring, only in relative terms did it appear that they were neglecting their homeland. Meanwhile, Catherine Wheel had been stockpiling spectacular B-sides that only rabid collectors and those who would listen to their tales of depleted wallets knew about. To provide a stop-gap between albums, Like Cats and Dogs was released in 1996, which only contained a small fraction of those extras. Ingeniously, those that were selected were sequenced in a manner that resembled a regular studio album; the immediacy and experimentalism of the hodgepodge made for the bands best full-length in the eyes of several fans. Peeling back from the aural onslaught of Happy Days, the band exposed more of their atmospheric knack for 1997s Adam and Eve (released by Chrysalis in the U.K.), which was also designed to play as a single piece. Frustrated with the current generations aversion to listening to a single record through its entirety, they went so far as to bring in Bob Ezrin to give it a classic front-to-back feel; they obviously liked the result of Like Cats and Dogs and the result of Adam and Eve was just as pleasing. Despite having numerous radio friendly songs on the album, sales for the record stalled outside of the usual pack and those catching on by word of mouth and more gigging. Not pleased with Mercury, Catherine Wheel abandoned ship prior to the bloodshed that ensued when Mercurys distributor Polygram merged with Universal. Creatively stalled by not knowing where to go next, it took a while for Catherine Wheel to come up with 2000s Wishville, which found release through the bands new label, Columbia. Dave Hawes was relieved of his bass duties prior to recording sessions; since he was the most accessible and affable member of the group (and an excellent musician), the announcement of his departure was met with much scrutiny by their fans. The band had their reasons in sacking Hawes and the bass lines for Wishville were handled by Dickinson, Futter, and Friese-Greene. Ben Ellis was eventually brought on as full-time bassist. Wishville gained noticeable play on alternative radio, but it translated into the usual amount of sales that the band was accustomed to. Frustrated with having all the tools to be a huge platinum act for nearly a decade, the band went on hiatus after touring.