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Catch 22

Catch 22: Dinosaur SoundsDinosaur Sounds (2003)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 2
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Contributed by: TheEvilMonkeyTheEvilMonkey
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Hey, Catch 22 fans! Are you ready for another round of the gritty vocal stylings of Tomas Kalnoky? Oh, that's right, he left the band- but don't worry! In his place, Jeff Davidson supplies witty lyrics along with his solid voice, making for a great follow up to Alone In A Crowd. Oh, that's right! Je.
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Hey, Catch 22 fans! Are you ready for another round of the gritty vocal stylings of Tomas Kalnoky? Oh, that's right, he left the band- but don't worry! In his place, Jeff Davidson supplies witty lyrics along with his solid voice, making for a great follow up to Alone In A Crowd. Oh, that's right! Jeff Davidson also left the band. So, naturally, Catch 22 has a great new voice for a new age of ska, right? Well, no, not exactly.

When everybody learned of Jeff Davidson's departure, there was a multiple-month gap in which Catch fans wondered, "who will be the new lead singer?" After much speculation, we finally had our answer- Ryan Eldred, a current band member, would take on the singing duties. Early reports in were that it just wasn't the same, and I didn't want to believe it- as a devout Catch 22 fan, I wanted to believe the boys from New Jersey could rebound with a new album that reeked of punk-ska goodness.

In the end, the boys delivered- it was just a terrible delivery job. Our first peak at the new Catch 22, a song called "Wine Stained Lips", was disappointing, to say the least. This rings true for the whole album- Ryan Eldred has a unique singing voice, but writes terrible lyrics and could not write a chorus if his life depended on it. "Rocky", the opener on the album, sings a very true message- "it started with you, you started with me, it started w ith you, it ends with me." And this could be painfully true- the end of the Catch 22 we know and love is imminent. The witty lyrics are gone- the memorable horns take the Less Than Jake "Anthem" route- there's less and less of everything.

The most memorable song on this album, "Good Times", is still extremely mediocre- it has it's good parts and bad parts. The chorus of "Who can I count on? What can I count on? Where should I turn to? Why should I be with you" makes me cringe. Catch 22 certainly knows how to take the fire out of a song with a terrible chorus.

What's so frustrating is the potential- there are some songs that show greatness, but never come close to achieving it. "Motown Cinderella" has a second chorus that transitions into a bridge that features Ryan Eldred flexing his vocals, reminiscent of Brand New's Jesse Lacey in Deja Entendu. Yet something is missing- something that Jeff Davidson brought to the band, something that Tomas Kalnoky never failed to bring to the band.

"Dinosaur Sounds" held a lot of promise- songs like Dreams Of Venus and Chasing The Moon hold some temporary greatness- but they never quite reach it. It would seem the old Catch 22 we all know and love is forever gone. So here's the bottom line- I think we should officially rename Catch 22- because a certain Streetlight Manifesto has earned the right to tote the name that synonymous with the Punk Ska that we all know and love.

 

 
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Anonymous (November 11, 2006)

Though their music went more melodic since the lead singer left and formed Streetlight Manifesto. I think this album is a work of art

Anonymous (May 27, 2005)

Very underrated.

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

who cares ska music was lame 10 years ago.

gecie (September 25, 2004)

If you take someone who had no idea who Catch 22 or Streetlight Manifesto was, and played Keasbey Nights followed by Dinosaur Sounds and Everything Went Numb from Streetlight Manifesto, they would definetly argue that Everything Went Numb and Keasbey Nights where done by the same band. And Dinosaur sounds sounds nothing like either of them.

I think we can all thank Streetlight Manifesto for providing us with what Catch 22 cant provide anymore.

skad4life (August 12, 2004)

any cd that I have to keep saying to myself "maybe if I listen to it again I'll like it the second time around" ... where the second turns to third.. the third to fourth.. and so on.. is just really depressing. Thank god for streetlight manifesto... ;)

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

Defintely not the catch 22 album I was looking for. This entire cd has around 1 or 2 horn lines. No one makes any good ska anymore besides a few examples. I guess I can finally say that
SKA IS DEAD!!!

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

what happened to ska punk?? or just ska?? this shit is fucking emo-pop with horns. the one saving grace is that Motown Cinderella reminds me of something i'd hear off the Toy Story soundtrack.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

www.newdirexion.com

Anonymous (November 12, 2003)

Dinosaur sounds is a good cd, but it has a very different sound than Keasbey Nights. It has a more punk sound. It reminds me of Less Than Jake, personally. It's good music with catchy tunes, but Keasbey Nights is definitely better.

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

The secret to enjoying this cd is pretending it is a RBF release. You think to yourself "Hey, this isn't half bad for the fish." and listen in bliss.

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

This is the truth: it's a good record.
Is it as good as Keasbey Nights? of course not(everything goes numb's not even as good), is it as good as Alone in a Crowd? tough to say, but it's definately good music.

You can compare it to old catch 22, but you can't expect it to be the same as old catch 22. Different song writer, different music style, that should be pretty simple.

The stars are for the record, not the review, the review recieves the same score the reviewer gave the album, 2.

The songs on this record have a definate geek rock twinge to them, which would make sense because ryan(primary writer) is a big fan of weezer and mu330. there's also some swing, pop(oh my), and other influences, so it's definately not flat on music styles. and it's still got that manic skank along feel in some songs, but they mix it up more. this record makes me happy and gets me tapping along to the beat, that's most of what matters to me. so get over yourself and your punk hierarchy bullshit and actually listen to it, it just might grow on you.

and just for the record tomas kalnoky is a genius, just had to add that.

ZLNFTOC (November 11, 2003)

Hahaha. But both the Misfits and Catch 22 are from New Jersey...weird. Yeah, there are quite a lot of Keasbey Nights references on the Streetlight Manifesto album. Hell, "Point/Counterpoint" is (lyrically at least) like a happier "Keasbey Nights."

treetsux (November 11, 2003)

For ska, this album is pretty good. Im not really into ska as much as i used to be, so im not a big fan of the record...musically its good. For those who compare KN and AItC, stop. Thats like comparing Danzig-era Misfits with Graves-era Misfits. 2 different sounds and philosophys.
Those of you who say Streetlight is a better cd(i bet you think KN is a hit and AItC is shit), thats because Tomas wrote it when Catch22 was still his and intended on it being their 2nd LP and when he left C22, he took his unrecorded record along with him.

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

Lets just come to this conclusion. Its NOT a different band. This is the current incarnation of Catch 22 and it sucks. This is what Catch has come to be. Sadly one of my favorite bands has released the most dissapointing record of the year (good thing i wasnt expecting much).

Like someone else commented, the songwriting of Streetlight Manifesto puts this to shame.

-bryan styles
ps: where is Jon_the_Skafather, he is the man when it comes to ska

pss: As good as the streetlight manifesto is, I think the new slackers cd is better.

SockMonkeyRiot (November 10, 2003)

Don't have this cd, "Wine Stained Lips" is a decent song, just not Catch 22.

The Streetlight Manifesto cd is spectacular.

This is what I'm really waiting for, taken off the BOTAR site:
"
We WILL be re-releasing the EP, to tide over the new visitors until our LP is finished. We figure all the kind people that found out about us on their own over the last two years already downloaded the music. Itâ??ll be about 10-12 songs in length but will contain no new music. It will have new tracks, but thatâ??s all we can say as of now. Ok, maybe a few â??coversâ?ť. Weâ??ll see."

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

"To the person waaay below, did Assorted Jellybeans really used to be Raquetball, as in the DC area Raquetball? I always wondered what happened to them, I still have their album ("Not the Game")."

Wow, sorry Sickboi for confusing you and for not responding sooner, but I didn't check comments after I posted that. No Racketball weren't Assorted Jellybeans. I don't know, that band just came to mind. I have that record too. Like it lots.
-Janelle

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

I don't know; I like this record. Best songs = "Chin Up" and "Dripping Faucet" - that song is awesome. Saw 'em live before it came out and yes, was quite impressed.
-Janelle

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

this new record sucks.... it starts to sound like new mad caddies shit with poppish rock anthem lyrics and chorus'... where's the energy.... and for all you twats who say the band has to change and all... yeah well change is good but then change the band name cause it no longer sounds remotely like the music i came to expect of catch, with horns that could really stand out along with a mad skanking guitar.... this album sucks shit.

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

"Putting the phrase "Saves The Day" in the same sentence as the word "effort" in talking about their new album should only happen when the words "lack of" are also included in said sentence. "

You know what I meant.

inagreendase
(score for a five-day school week)

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

I don't see why everyone feels the need to say Streetlight are better then C22..its like saying Desecndents are better then ALL, or Avoid One Thing are better then Bosstones...the shit is irrelevant.

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

I owned this cd for a period of about 13 hours and then went and traded it in for Streetlight. About 10 of those hours i was sleeping, 2 of them I was crying, and the other hour I was listening to Dinosaur Shits making sure that I didnt accidentally pick up the latest from Mest. Here's a big resounding Fuck YOU Catch 22! You guys should have named this one "washed up and through the ringer"!
dAn

flummo (November 10, 2003)

I like how people keep saying "Don't compare this CD to Catch 22 and it's good." or "Don't think of this as a Catch 22 CD and it's good." But it is a Catch 22 CD. If we weren't supposed to think of it as a Catch 22 CD, the band would have (or should have) changed its name with the singer change.

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

Everyone is bagging this album. I bought it on the way to their show on Friday, and when I popped it in, I was angrier than hell because the Catch 22 of old was dead. Then I went to the show and the new shit was amazing live, so I popped the cd back in. It is an all new Catch 22, and the songs are catchier than all hell. I love it and the real fans will too, you just need to open your mind a bit.

Anonymous (November 9, 2003)

more on racketball that i forgot: Rich is in a band called the Magnums now, and Yes Duffy was on a bunch of versions of MTV's Road Rules

Anonymous (November 9, 2003)

Racketball was actually from Rhode Island. They are not the same band as Assorted Jelly Beans. Jeff Hanks and Brian Bacon are now in a band called M-80 (www.m80punk.com). Dave Ladin was also in this band at one point but is now in a band called Badfish with Joel Hanks also of Racketball.

sickboi (November 9, 2003)

To the person waaay below, did Assorted Jellybeans really used to be Raquetball, as in the DC area Raquetball? I always wondered what happened to them, I still have their album ("Not the Game").

maverick (November 9, 2003)

Putting the phrase "Saves The Day" in the same sentence as the word "effort" in talking about their new album should only happen when the words "lack of" are also included in said sentence.

I watch way too much "Sporta Night."

-Scott

inagreendase (November 9, 2003)

Nah, Scotty, I think Count the Stars holds that honor. Or maybe the Juliana Theory. Props to Saves the Day on their effort as well, though. This score is for their lethal combination.

Anonymous (November 9, 2003)

Worst record of the year.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(Turkey on Rye please)

501 (November 9, 2003)

The people on this site are so funny. I know im not the first to say this, but anyone defending this band, just give up. SM blows 'Catch 22' away, c22 needs to change there name becuase they dont have the right to use it anymore. Atleast some people realize this. Good review.

Anonymous (November 9, 2003)

most of the tracks that were to be on the basis for the album Keasbey Nights were written in 97

Greenvandal (November 9, 2003)

Sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks.

I dont care what they are called, what came first, or what will come next, this band whatever they are fucking called blows. The only reason you douchebags defend them is because they used to be catch 22. Saying this garbage is better then keasbey nights (the CD im pretty sure got you into what used to be this band) is ridiculous. And saying they are better the SM is so ludicrous it makes me want to to hurt you. But if ANYONE says this is better then BOTAR....

then just wow.

Ill shoot this puppy if anyone can actually say that and mean it.

Anonymous (November 9, 2003)

He's helping an old lady tickle a midget in a tree.

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

The highlight of Dinosaur Sounds in the last, kickass instrumental track at the end. Holy shit is it awesome. It ranks up there with Day in Day out, Point the Blame, On & On & On, 9mm and a 3 piece suit, Bloomfield Avenue and so on. That being said, the rest sucks. I've been listening to Catch22 since 1998. I saw the last show with Jeff in Quebec City. I loved Catch22 with Jeff, and I loved Catch22 with Tomas. AitC and KN were 2 different CDs, yet I still really enjoyed them both. Unfortunately, I don't like Dinosaur Sounds. And you know what makes C22 great live? The fact that we all know the songs by heart. Their live perfomance sucks, at least, the one I saw last December did. If it wasn't for all the kids singin their songs and going crazy (not because the band was going crazy, they were static as hell, this was about the middle of the tour, mind you) the showed would have sucked. The Getaway put on a better show. Got the kids in a frenzy, and no one knew their songs. No one! Now that is a good live band.

I don't like Dinosaur Sounds. The band coulda been called any other name, and I still wouldn't give a shit, it would still suck in my eyes, 'cept, of course, for the kickass instrumental track at the end (not that I hate Ryan's vocals, I actually like them a lot).

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

yea i dont like the artwork

gutterhippo (November 8, 2003)

and i don't think the review is bad at all. the reviewer mentioned the good and bad qualities of the cd and seemed to be giving an honest, straight-forward opinion. And, of course it's going to be biased. Unless you've never heard any form of music, you're going to go into any music with a certain bias.

gutterhippo (November 8, 2003)

I don't have the album and I am just judging it from what I've heard online (wine stained lips and motown cinderella) and what I heard live. Even if you don't compare this to older c22, it still sucks for ska/punk standards.

inagreendase (November 8, 2003)

Uh, Keasbey Nights came out in '98, not '97. Sorry to burst your bubble. Just think of the lyric "One-seventeen-ninety eight, it's been a day that I come to ha-a-ate."

There's a strong geek rock influence in some of the tracks from what I've heard. No one else noticed that???

rxbandito24 (November 8, 2003)

I saw catch last night, they were fuckin sick as all hell. They put on a great show. And for all who bitch abomut them speeding up keasby songs, the only NOTICEABLE speed up, was Keasbey nights.
Highlights include: On and on and on, It takes some time, Chin up, Straight forward, 1234 1234, Point the blame

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

This album isn't bad, but it's not catch 22. Sounds to me like somebody stole Reel Big Fish's newest cd and released it for themselves.

I still like catch, just no particularly this album. Too poppy, too RBF.

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

"I like assorted jelly beans better"

Oh they were neat! Anyone remember Racketball?

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

this review was biased from the start and doesn't give the cd a fair review.

this review sucks, the acual album is great.

-the drunkfather.

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

yep. i am diggin' the streetlight cd much more.

hate, Jesus

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

you gave a shitdick (yes one word) review, i dont look at this cd as catch22, but rather yet a new band all together...and this new band is good.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

So I was at a show in 98 or 99 when these guys opened for Mustard Plug, The local hometown favorites. Nobody had heard of these guys but they ruled ass that night. There was an honest to god pit at that show that kept going even between the songs. This was right after they had switched singers (so you serious C22 fans will know the exact date of this show...cause i forgot). I went to the merch table after the show and wanted to buy their record. The guy who was hawking their shit (the new lead singer guy) asked me what I wanted. I told him I want the record that had the song 1234 1234 on it. He tried to sell me their new EP instead. I asked him "Well...is it any good?" He got all offended. I told him that I didn't care how good he thought his new EP was, I wanted their first record. He sold it to me and i was completely happy with it. When I fianlly heard the ep he tried to sell me, I was so glad i never bought it! This band has been sliding down the hill since that night for me. Too bad...they had such potential.

-Ken (yes, I like ska, not just thrashcore)

NoUse (November 7, 2003)

Listen to this CD 10x in a row and don';t think of it as Catch 22 and I think you'll find it is a damn good cd.

Get over the fucking past and don't expect Catch 22 to write Keasbey Nights II or Alone in the Crowd II.

TheEvilMonkey (November 7, 2003)

"Only kids who sit in their room and talk shit all day, without a clue as to what goes on in the actual band itself seem to post around here."

That would make sense, seeing how you're in the band and you know everything that goes on in the band. Because you're in it.

Did I mention you're in the band?

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

im glad all the catch 22 supporters are sticking up for catch 22, their a great band that took a different root that is different than their previous albums, so what, its still great, i actually love it to death, same with the new less than jake cd, shoot me i dont give a damn, im seeing em in toronto on the 21st and im gonna have a great fucking time, and just for the record catch 22 is better than streetlight manifesto. There.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

This is a pretty poor effort...Streetlight Manifesto's songwriting puts this album to shame...

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

Bad review from a bad writer. But who cares. If you liked the band you will see that if you listen to the album, its fucking great. I think some of the new songs blow the older ones away. Dinosaur sounds is far ahead of alone in a crowd and of course a bit different than Keasby Nights. Bands change in the course of time. Its inevitable. Only kids who sit in their room and talk shit all day, without a clue as to what goes on in the actual band itself seem to post around here. Its pretty sad if you ask me, although im aware that no one did. yet again no one ever asks for "your" opinions either. But anyhow, im rambling. The point is, no one cares, and the new Catch22 record is fucking awesome. and if you dont like it then dont listen to it, but get a new hobby besides talking smack from your comp. send your hate mail to:
askmeifigiveafuck@yahoo.com
cheers!
ACE
MDCP

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

too everyone thats defending this cd....the only song ive heard is wine stained lips...would you say thats a bad representatiopn of cd, or do you like that song also?

and I think the reviewer has every right to compare it to old catch 22...if the band wanted a fresh start,they should change their name. But instead they kept catch 22,so theyre gonna get compared.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

fuck, i cant beleive how bad this new album is, catch 22 was one of my favorite bands too...

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

go listen to homegrown, homophobe..

That still doesn't take away that no matter how much the new singer sucks, the album might just be worse.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

this album is ok, nothing too great. it's not half as bad as you little faggots are making it sound. they got a new singer, get over it. oh yeah, jeff was the best singer but the guy does ok. i'm right, you're wrong. eat a bowl of dicks, queers.

TheEvilMonkey (November 7, 2003)

"The new record is better then KN and AiaC"

And I own Microsoft.

rxbandito24 (November 7, 2003)

fuck you guys, im seein catch 22, and i;m buying there cd, and im gonna like it. Its just WRONG to compare this cd to past catch22 cds, bands are supposed to adapt and change. The only band thats aloud to stay the same over an extended period of time, is NOFX, but thats a different story. I'm sure if this band changed there name to Catch 23 youd fucking love this cd and rave about the "new" catch with out jeff or tomas.. Eternal damnation to you all

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

easily...to be continued

the new version is horrible

ZLNFTOC (November 7, 2003)

Hey everyone, I just wanted to ask: which Catch 22 song do you like better: "Chin Up" or "To Be Continued?" Just a question.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

I'm glad I downloaded this album last week because it just sucks with the exception of two songs.

Not to mention the horrendous name for the album and artwork..it's like the soundtrack for the land before time

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

haha. i like the less than jake stab.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

I like assorted jelly beans better

ZLNFTOC (November 7, 2003)

Well, as Fat Mike once said, Dinosaurs Will Die. And by the way, I thought the "I'm mainly an optimist even though bad times persist" line in "Good Times" was pretty innovative until I remembered that Green Day had a much better verse: I must insist on being a pessimist/ I'm a loner in a catastrophic mind. BTW, anyone think a few select notes on "Chasing The Moon" sounds a hell of a lot like "Minority?"

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

I like C22 alot, being from NJ, i've seen them countless times and have been a supporter since 1999. The new record is different, poppish is the word i'm looking for. However that's not a bad thing at all, the ska is still there as well as killer horns, regardless of what other people have said or want you to think. You can't compare this album to the C22 that wrote AIAC 3 years ago, or the C22 that made KN back in 97, those bands do not exist anymore. The songs are good, my only real complaint are the vocals..which to be honest aren't that appealing to me. Ryan's vocals shine on Chin Up and Motown Cinderalla, but on songs like Beguile The Time and Regression they just don't sound good at all. Jeff was always my favorite, even more so then Tomas..but oh well we can't get what we want all the time. Welcome to Catch 22 Version 3.0

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

Poor dinosaurs...

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

My biggest problem is that EVERYONE wanted this record to suck....But it doesnt so not lets do a comparison to older stuff, that will make everyone happy becuase its differnt and "SUX" so lets give it a bad review...The best thing is that everyone talks about streetlight this and streetlight that-origional c22....WRONG...Jamie and Josh werent original c22 members....they replaced members that left. They all wrote the songs together, tomas just wrote the lyrics, tomas didnt write the drums or bass or the all the horn lines...NO...but hey, i guess they suck now...BULLSHIT...the new record is better then KN and AiaC

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

I hate when an album I think is good gets a review that just knocks it down. What can you do though??

TheEvilMonkey (November 7, 2003)

The only reason I wrote this review was to compare the three albums. The simple fact is that if this cd was not by Catch 22, I wouldn't have even sat through the whole album. The comparisons just give you a better idea of how different the new Catch 22 is.

Edgie (November 7, 2003)

Disagree.

It's different, yes. But it's not that bad. It really isn't it. And, the only thing the current era Catch 22 has with Keasbey Nights era is.. the name. Quit fucking comparing Dinosaur sounds to Keasbey Nights. Quit comparing it to Alone in the Crowd. These comparisons are just.. wrong.

This album isn't earth-shattering. And yes, the song writing isn't top notch. But a lot of it has a good beat, and it's very catchy. I enjoyed the album quite a bit and I'm certainly not going to toss it away anytime soon.

TheEvilMonkey (November 7, 2003)

I stand by what my review says, but just to add something I hadn't thought of, it almost deserves an extra half star for it's bitchin' dinosaur theme.

ZLNFTOC (November 7, 2003)

Can't say I disagree with you, the new album blows. Go ahead, call me a hypocrite, I deserve it but realize this, Lamont's Lament may very well be the best thing the band has written in the post-Tomas era.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

second

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

Yeah, this record sucks.

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