LIVE: The Catbirds @ the Bearsville Theater, 9/14/12


Review and videos by Joel Patterson

What is it that bands actually DO? I found myself pondering this question as I was close to drowning in a tsunami of delirious joy watching the Catbirds earlier this month at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. You could look at them as “sound workers,” in the parlance of the day – environmental managers, creating a pulsating, vibration-rich climate, altering its molecular status slightly. They manipulate stringed amplification devices, or just pound away with a sure-footed maniacal frenzy on hollow containers. There is language with messages. There’s the visual – even these guys, no spring chickens, they shine bright lights on them, yes? And in the dimension of time, they create this roller-coastery pattern of noise and harmony that carries an irresistible flow of yearning and delight. What they do is connect us with something, a primitive, nearly biological sensation – what it is, or how to describe it, I have no idea!

1 Comment
  1. Denise Borden says

    The Catbirds -are Rock and Roll ..the Catbirds are “viborate” ..the Catbirds are pure Fun !
    Thank You Joel Patterson for capturing their essence here on video at a recent gig at Bearsville Theater-
    Thanks to Nippertown for sharing these Catbird videos…and thanks to All who watch them and hopefully
    come out to experience the music of the Catbirds the next time they visit our Nippertown area…You’ll be mighty glad you did !! Catbirds Say YEAH !!
    for more information about the Catbirds check out their website-

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