Pulp-punk band Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show are back with the second entry in their EP trilogy. Featuring new single "Tin Laurels" and fan-favorite "Approximate Girl," Catherine pushes the band in a more atmospheric and experimental direction.
This album furthers the band's alt-history sci-fi/horror saga by telling the tale of Catherine, a young girl in the 1940s who moves to Detroit to follow her dreams just before the city crumbles into depression and poverty. "Tin Laurels" is a Bowie-inspired post-punk atmospheric groove, layered with intricate drums and bass under a static guitar line. "Approximate Girl" is a rolling thunderstorm of a ballad; soft guitars are intercut with lightning flashes of drums, building to a roaring climax. The songs are bridged by a bizarre, off-putting interstitial that takes the poetry of dadaist Tristan Tzara, and sets it with a choir of digitally harmonized voices. Never boring and always strangely alluring, this EP is unlike anything the band has released thus far.
As with the last EP, Roberta, physical copies of Catherine come with a 60-page chapbook, featuring an original short story by Dalton and illustrations by Mike Shoykhet. Fans of the ongoing Traveling Show narrative will not want to miss this story, which gives us our most illuminating view to date of the expansive universe that's being built by the band.
Digital copies come with a PDF copy of the book.
releases July 14, 2017
Dalton Deschain - Vocals, Guitars
Jo Kroger - Vocals
David Warpaint - Bass
Phil Harris - Drums
All music by Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show
All lyrics by Dalton Deschain, except for Track 2
Text for Track 2 by Tristan Tzara, excerpted from the poem “Approximate Man”
Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show are a pulp-punk band from NYC that tell stories loudly. Get ready for a weird-ass tale about circus freaks, nuclear war, and demonic possession that you can sing along to. Visit daltondeschain.com for details.