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The Sainte Catherines

The Sainte Catherines: The Art of ArroganceThe Art of Arrogance (2003)
Dare to Care Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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For a while it looked like there was no reason to even listen to punk anymore. Cookie-cutter pop bands diluted airwaves and everyone could relax with an SUV, mocha latte and episode of Survivor or whatever. When this band formed just before the millenium, they sang about broken hearts, friends, drin.
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For a while it looked like there was no reason to even listen to punk anymore. Cookie-cutter pop bands diluted airwaves and everyone could relax with an SUV, mocha latte and episode of Survivor or whatever. When this band formed just before the millenium, they sang about broken hearts, friends, drinking and the occasional environmental problem. Several years after their first effort, they return with a revamped sound, fuelled as much by drunken carelessness as it is by left-wing activism.

The world is different now. After a stolen presidential election, a war, terrorist attacks, and an apparent American collapse, punk has regained its position as a valuable tool for dissent. Once again angry and dangerous, a slew of bands, upstarts and veterans alike, are enthusiastically revolting against establishment and their work is as vital as that of early punk rock bands like Reagan Youth and The Clash. The Sainte Catherines are a part of this revolution, coupling a strong sociopolitical message with an incendiary sound.

This band's music has more is more urgent now, best shown on "D Is The Key To Open Heart Surgery" and its cries of "If you jump, I will jump" and "Kill the messiah, bring me his flowers". Like the rest of North America, this band has endured the struggles of 9/11, the War in Iraq and Dubya's upside-down foreign policy and changes in their message are evident. You can hear it on "Fuck Me With a Bag Over My Head", when the vocalist eloquently articulates with gravelly barks of pain "Your company is a killing machine. Your employees are fucking sick... I'll put my fist up in the air. Let's overcome! 'This machine kills fascists' Well, their machine is killing us all. Break the mold, untie your neck, cover your eyes, say your prayers." More of the same pops up on "Faux-Marxist Anarcho-Punks Anthem", with lines like "Factories will burn and I'll be there to see it all go down. Do you understand? Money isn't worth shit...Wealth is nothing, power is bullshit. We're gonna fight. We'll set fires. We're gonna die."

Punk rock needs this record right now. "I Can't Have Sex All The Time" - with lyrics as desperate as "Get me out of Wal Mart town, a black train to optimist city" - belongs right before NOFX's "Franco Un-American" on your "Anti-establishment Punk Rock For the Summer of 2003" mixtape. The singer takes aim at the corruption of materialism ("Broken Art For Expensive Hearts"), and commercial pre-teen "punk" ("No Pads, No Helmets...Just A Bunch of Dicks") while their freight train rhythm section combined with their - count 'em - three guitarists provide a backdrop of sonic perfection. The melodies and numerous guitar parts give this band a serious advantage. On "Expensive Cars Chroming All-Star Team," the guitars move from aggressive, palm-muted power chords to beautiful, sweeping hang-glider moments in seconds and on the aforementioned "D Is The Key..." they play as if the world is about to end. The album closes with a bittersweet love-letter to their hometown of Montreal, but it could apply to any modern, urban city. It seems like all the ills of society are exposed on this album.

I don't think this band even realizes how good they are yet. I'll be daring enough to say that this might make the top five best punk albums of the year, along with the upcoming Lawrence Arms and Strike Anywhere records (both of whom the Sainte Catherines have toured with). Flaws are few and far between and their lack of self-consciousness will win them many fans and enemies. But at the end of the day, because they have the courage to stand up for their beliefs, this record will remain vital. So instead of hearing the record, go bitch about reviews while relaxing with an SUV, mocha latte and episode of Survivor or whatever. But remember that "if we all stop, who's gonna build their castles?"


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Anonymous (April 1, 2006)

Why no review of their new record?

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

they did

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

These guys should sign to Fat

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Why the fuck everyone's talkin' about it being emo or not. I do not give a fuck if it is or not, are you choosing what music you'll listen to by the genre people has given it??? If you like them that's all you've got to think about. Even if it was emo, what then? If you like the music it's fine. Everyone's got a different view of music for one it can be and not for another. Would it be that bad if it was? I may listen to Something Corporate, Dashboard Confessionnal and other emo but I don't think I'm a sucker for that, am I? There's a time for every kind of music I love punk-rock, i listen to emo and by the way Ska's not dead it's not because it's not on tv and radio that it's dead, It doesn't have to be a best seller to be good. What about people who stil listen to Ramones, Bad Religion, The Clash, and Sex Pistols ol' stuff are they sucker because the like that who are you to judge other people's likes?

I think we should all skank togheter and always trust unity, as Naked and Happy used to say.

Anonymous (August 8, 2004)

I'm sick of people sayin': " Ohhhh they're an emo band". It's not because they don't play as fast as most of punk-rock bands that they're necessarily emo (and emo is a fuckin' suburb trendy music for unhappy kids who just got dumped by their lover!!! IT'S UNBEARABLE!!!) Sainte Catherines are NOT an emo band... they never was and never will be. Cut the crap... especially to the ones who were into the now dead trendy suburb music that was called ska... ska is dead... let's get into the new trend and we'll be COOL with our dark hair and our tatooed stars... you people didn't understood at all the message of this record.

Anonymous (March 13, 2004)

one of the best album in 2003! those guys deserves a lot more recognition. I think it will come soon. i heard rumors of a record deal for their upcoming full length that would make them the new ''cool'' band. I hope it's true.

Anonymous (January 20, 2004)

anyone who claims this is an emo band is fucking retarded..that aside, this record is amazing fucking get on dare to care records today.!

Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

These guys love Dead Prez as much as I do. They're brutal and cuddly at the same time, like a sheep with rabies. Three guitars, dude!!! Anyway, I like the album... good melodic punk with gravelly vocals and catchy choruses, plus heartfelt political lyrics. I didn't like the production too much at first -- I thought it was a little too raw for their brand of tight, technical punk rock, but it grew on me. You can tell the dudes are not fuckin' rock stars with a little dirt behind the ears in the production department, you know? Not that they sound like Guitar Wolf or anything... I was just expecting total "big rock" production, and it's not really like that. GREAT live. Mont-REAL! Represent!

daretocare (September 9, 2003)

Check out their new split 7`` with fifth hour hero. Out in november on 1234go records! from seattle/gainesville.

LushJ (September 8, 2003)

Their live show kicked butt @ Gilman last time through. I was there for another band and was totally taken by surprise. Wow!!

And emo-ish bands usually aren't my thing, but ST. CATHERINE's has more than enough of The Rock to make me a fan too! BLUETIP was another emo-ish band that rocked helluv hard, none of that limp JETS TO BRAZIL style stuff. I'm not as hot on the record, but maybe time will raise it to the level of the live show?

daretocare (September 6, 2003)


September :

11th- Drummondville.PQ @ Boomers Pub w/ The Transit, Mi Amore, Cursed
12th- Mont Laurier.PQ @ Le 1008 w/ Fish Guts
13th- Rouyn Noranda.PQ @ L’Ukraine w/, Les Prostiputes, The Chopsticks
14th- North Bay.ONT @ The Daily Grind w/ The Transit, Pinkslip
15th- Brantford.ONT @ Ford Plants
16th- Barrie.ONT @ TBA
17th- TBA
18th- London. ONT @ Call The Office w/ Hatebreed
19th- Guleph. ONT @ Trasheteria w/ NORA, Spitafield
20th- TBA
21st- Sainte Catherines. ONT @ The Hideway
22nd- Oshawa.ONT @ The Dungeon
23rd- Ottawa.ONT @ Club Saw Gallery w/ Murder By Death
24th- Thedford Mines.PQ @ Centre Recreatif de Robertsonvillw w/ Raised Fist, 21st impact, The Opposite
25th- Quebec City.PQ @ L’Anti w/ Small Brown Bike, SelfMadeMan
26th-Sherbrooke. PQ @ Granada Theatre w/ Raised Fist
27th- Trois-Rivieres.PQ @ Le Maquisart w/ Raised Fist
28th- Long Island.NY @ Ren’s Basement w/ Latterman, Solidarity Pact, Yes Sensei, Scent Of Human History
29th- Ithaca.NY @ The Lost Dog Cafe w/ Knives !
30th-Pittsburgh.PA @ The Roboto Project w/ As Cities Burn

October :
1-Middletown.OH @ The Hoosegow
2-Menemonie.WI @ Huff’s Club w/ Among The Dead
3-Chicago.IL @ Fireside Bowl w/ Jinx Pack, 1st Class, One Life
4-Minneapolis.MN @ Big V’s w/ Off With Their Heads
5-Inver Grove Heights.MIN @ Taco Toro’s w/ Dying Midwestern
7- Kirksville.MO @ The Aquadome
8- St Louis.MO @ The Lemp
9- Denton.TX @ Andy’s Bar w/ The Few, Already Proud
10- New Orleans.LA @ The Warehouse
11- Little Rock.AR @ Kramer School Arts Co-operative for the 2nd Annual ACAC Fashion Show.
14- Talahassee.FLA @ Fade Theory Records
15- Gainesville.FLA @ Common Grounds w/ Deminer
16- Orlando.FLA @ Wills Pub
17- Tampa.FLA @ Harbor Club
20- Lexington.KY @ House Show
21- Toledo.OH @ Frankies
22- Bowling Green.OH @ Howard Club H
24- Rhode Island w/ One Candle Power

BMX_PUNK (September 5, 2003)

Wtf!! sainte catherines is not emo its nice agressive punk

BMX_PUNK (September 5, 2003)

The album fuken rocks...more i litsen 2 it more i fuken luv it

Anonymous (September 5, 2003)

very good stuff, kinda makes up for the crumminess of the new lawrence arms cd

1234go (September 4, 2003)

What bland emo band has 3 fully rocking guitars? I think you were there to see someone else and weren't really paying attention.

kingpins (September 4, 2003)

This is the best album of the summer 2003. This album kick fuckin ass for sure

GregSka (September 3, 2003)

When I saw these guys they were pretty much a bland emo band. I havent heard this cd though, so I wont judge the new sound

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

Great record, awesome guys. I think they're touring the states again so you'll get your chance to check them out in person.

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

if people actually bothered to change the ammount of stars they give with their comments, i wonder what the ratings would be...

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

This album is pretty pretty decent.. Fucking A..!! Buy it at your local wal mart store!

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

Perfection in sound!

GreenVandal (September 2, 2003)

Im slowly changing my mind. This is actually pretty good.

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

This album rock too hard fucker

REALPUNX4LIFE (September 2, 2003)

Your dum. I meant the election in particular. Most people don't care that Al Gore got jipped. Obviously the entire world takes notice when the United States goes on a bombing spree or when two of the largest buildings in the world are taken out in insanely violent fashion. I'm not as dumb as you'd like to think I am. But I guess that just means that you're a big fan of artful arrogance as well. (You must've missed that joke. The album's called "The Art of Arrogance." I was being arrogant. I guess that is a tough thing to grasp, especially when I point it out one post later, jerkbag. Once again, you folks are just asking for the return of my retarded bit.) (Yes, I said retarded. If you have a problem with it, you're gay.)

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

"Once again angry and dangerous, a slew of bands, upstarts and veterans alike, are enthusiastically revolting against establishment and their work is as vital as that of early punk rock bands like Reagan Youth and The Clash."


Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

this is for the guy who asks the reviewer to make a link with how canada is connected to political problems mentioned. what the fuck is wrong with you, do not see how the two are totally related, you seem to think that whatever happens in the u.s doesn't affect the rest of the world, which is exactly the kind of self centered arrogance that has people hating george bush. the world is not owned by the fucking states buddy. everything that they do affects the world. realize this.

GreenVandal (September 2, 2003)

this is nowhere near as good as you pretend it is. Im disapointed.

daretocare (September 2, 2003)

Buy this album at www. Daretocarerecords. Com

it is good. Better than you think. Really. Fuck.

REALPUNX4LIFE (September 2, 2003)

By the way, how was that for artful arrogance?

REALPUNX4LIFE (September 2, 2003)

"After a stolen presidential election, a war, terrorist attacks, and an apparent American collapse..."

OK, now tie that into include why that matters for a Canadian band and your review will come close to making sense. I'm sure they're more interested in Al Gore than, say, Jean Cretin (Yeah, it's spelled wrong. Funny, no?) Next time when you want your review to have deep significance that explains how "we're all in this together, maaaaan," don't do it.

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

..............besides all the political shenanigans.............this band fuckin rocks!

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

and the french shines through in song titles like "va donc chier" and "La funk c'est toujours winner"
and the questionable side shines through with song titles like "it's all about ja rule baby" and "South Central Family Reprezent...Fuckers"

seriously i don't know if i should laugh or cry...

i dare anyone to care.

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

Look, I'm as down as the next guy to get some progressive shit started, but, at this point in our world, does it really make sense to argue for the destruction of manufacturing? Aren't there too many damn people in need of things for production to be done any other way? I'm all for some significant wealth redistribution, but you burn down all the factories and a lot of innocent regular people will suffer because they can't get the goods that they need.

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