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Holdens Catch

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Get Around

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: Katie4213Katie4213
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Chicago has yet another band to bring to the table. This band- Holden's Catch, is a four piece rock/punk band originating in Orland Part Illinois. Recently, many of Chicago's local bands from the suburbs have had a repetitive and formulaic pop punk sound such as Fall Out Boy, The Plain White T's, .
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Chicago has yet another band to bring to the table. This band- Holden's Catch, is a four piece rock/punk band originating in Orland Part Illinois. Recently, many of Chicago's local bands from the suburbs have had a repetitive and formulaic pop punk sound such as Fall Out Boy, The Plain White T's, Lucky Boys Confusion, and even Spitalfield's new album. I am glad to say that Holden's Catch is a band hailing from the suburbs that will not entice you with continuous power chords and clap along beats.

This 6 song EP is the first release for Holden's Catch, and was put out by Ger Around Records. Recently, this band has toured with Tom Sawyer, and played alongside bands such as The Ghost, and Small Brown Bike. These bands are exactly how I would classify the sound of Holden's Catch.

The vocals remind me of Hot Water Music, scratchy and almost hoarse. This sound adds to the expressiveness of their lyrics- that I found to be pretty impressive for a new young band with an average age of 19 or 20. Holden's Catch is by no means a band set out to make generic lyrics about failed high school love affairs. Instead they uniquely describe relationships and their coming of age through expressions of anger, rage, and self-realization.

In all honesty, Holden's Catch is not in a league of their own. They are not a new innovative sound, unlike anything you have heard before. In fact, their sound seems to blend in with many other rock/punk bands I have seen this summer at the Fireside. However, this band does illustrate superior lyrics, and is know to for their energetic live show. It is safe to say that Holden's Catch is doing very well for themselves in a scene with so many similar sounding bands.


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Anonymous (September 18, 2003)

i like The Ghost. Is that cool or what?

Anonymous (September 17, 2003)

it a shame these boys are now widowed. will they re-marry or will they be good catholics and stick it out on their own. I think not these athiest fucks will probably be hitting on a new band soon and attempt to seek new boyfriends.

Anonymous (September 16, 2003)

both hc and their label are great fucking guys. everyone should honestly pick this up, or at least listen to the mp3's they have up online.

Anonymous (September 16, 2003)

You fucking kids don't get it... you see... music is all about relating... relating your personal experiences with the experiences of the artist making the music. Everyone... everyone, you know... thinks it's so cool to like a band that no one's ever heard of, but the simple fucking fact is... is that the less a band is known the less they are able to relate to the fans... that or they have super bad promotion. so who the fuck cares if 5 or 500000000000 people like a band as long as you can relate to it in a personal way then fuck the naysayers.

shut the fuck up

that being said, holdens catch is an amaing band, both live and on tape. this ep is great. be sure to check them out next time they hit the fireside.

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

fantastic cd and guys, but they owe me 8 million.

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

i checked out the mp3's and what can i say, good stuff

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

Great people, great band with an amazing sound, definatly buy their cd cuz it rocks the hizouse and these boys will make it big.

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

Wow, I guess you told me.

(not a stalker, but a moonwalker)

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

sick boi is a douche i know who he is hes a creepy stalker and no one listen to him :: john dc :: p.s. he likes avril lavigne

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

A rubber? What are you, a fucking limey? Please.

(damn, you kids are quick with the Avril refrences)

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

wow, surprised to see a local band on this..but this is a really good cd.

Anonymous (September 14, 2003)

My band played with these guys a couple months ago, and they rocked. Excellent musicians. Not even my style of music, but you had to apprieciate it. Good stuff, buy it.

Anonymous (September 14, 2003)


Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

first off, sickboi is a rubber
secondly, sickboi isn't at all creative, its just lame
thirdly, if lucky boys confusion isnt pop punk, then i guess that means the random heroes are a good band...
get it..lucky boys confusion is pop punk..that means the random heroes are shit.

RyanTMurphy (September 13, 2003)

"Maybe a Kevin Smith reference....?"

Well, Holden from Chasing Amy was named after Holden Caulfield anyway, so it's still referencing Salinger. I don't think that's a bad thing myself. I think "The Elevator Pimp" would be a good name for a punk band that's referencing Catcher in the Rye, but it has a more comical sound to it than Holden's Catch.

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

thank you very much for the positive review, it is really appreciated. take care. - johnny / holden's catch

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

sickboi is cool...sorta like skater boi

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

great music, great people, fucking buy it.


Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

Sorry. They were going to be called "J.D. and the Hermits", but that name was taken, dude.


Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

Maybe a Kevin Smith reference...?

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

What a stupid band name. If you want to make Salinger references, could you be a tad more creative?


Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

Also, lucky boys confusion is definetly not "another pop punk band", at all.


Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

yes it comes from 'catcher in the rye'

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

I feel that this comapact disc is by far one of the best I have ever heard. The lyrics and music are enticing. I couldn't ask for anything of better quality. I will definately attend a Holden's Catch performance, hopefully soon in a nearby concert hall. Also, I can't wait to tell my local record shoppe dealer to start carrying Holden's Catch LPs. The mere thought of this makes my knees quiver. In retrospect, hearing about Holden's Catch is probbably one of the best things that has ever come in my directions. That's ME, signing off.

hungryjoe (September 12, 2003)

Just curious, is the band name a "Catcher in the Rye" reference? I could have sworn the narrator in that book was named Holden.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

actually they're a band
http://www.myopiaonline.com/ and they're actually really good. But nice try

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

i have 10 bucks that says MYOPIA is in this band

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

Finnaly recognizing a band in the chicago area that dosen't suck and isn't your dime a dozen pop punk. Deff check these guys out live if you get the chance. They got a show next Friday with Divide by Zero and other Get Around Records bands "The Lost Boys" and "Missing Autumn" go to www.holdenscatch.com for details.

MYOPIA (September 12, 2003)

Oh man, it's good to see these kids finally getting the attention they deserve. A killer cd that keeps you hooked the whole way through, much better than those cookie cutter pop punk bands that plague the radio. These guys dare to be different in a scene full of followers. Make sure you catch a Holden's Catch show, no doubt you'll be as impressed as I was.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

Great album and Great Guys. . .definetely pick this ep up

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

Ger around...thats a new name, and a great spelling job by the reviewer...

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

hc is a buncha fuckers i want them all to die a bloody horrible death, especially johnny he sucks, he gets so christian slatered

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