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Catch 22 - Live [CD/DVD] (Cover Artwork)

Catch 22

Catch 22: Live [CD/DVD]Live [CD/DVD] (2004)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Though Catch 22 may have already lent a handful of live tracks to their compilation album / EP re-release, Washed Up And Through The Ringer!, Live is definitely the full package. A 21-song set set to the live setting in both compact disc and DVD should be quite a treat for a good handful of fans. So.
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Though Catch 22 may have already lent a handful of live tracks to their compilation album / EP re-release, Washed Up And Through The Ringer!, Live is definitely the full package. A 21-song set set to the live setting in both compact disc and DVD should be quite a treat for a good handful of fans. So how does the band hold up?

Not too shabby, I suppose. Though the geek rock/power pop influence of Dinosaur Sounds makes for boring times for a good portion of the album's contributions here, Live holds up decently as an admirable profile of the band, who seem a bit tighter than usual. There's some good vocal harmonies in places, especially "It Takes Some Time," even though the leads just seem flat a lot of the time. The set is comprised of a pretty fair balance between the band's three proper full-lengths too, as the breakdown looks like this:

Keasbey Nights - 7
Alone In A Crowd - 5
Washed Up! - 1
Dinosaur Sounds - 7

A big question for a lot of people, guaranteed, is how fast the band speeds up Keasbey Nights songs. Well, now that we have full documentation of a live performance (with little in-between banter helping solidify results), you can see for yourself:

SONGSTUDIO LENGTHLIVE LENGTH
On And On And On3:142:58
Riding The Fourth Wave1:501:25
Sick And Sad2:212:23
9mm And A 3 Piece Suit1:561:52
Dear Sergio2:312:31
Keasbey Nights3:022:46
[minus fake show ending]
1234 12343:56
[minus "thank you"'s]
4:45

So, for the most part, basically, it seems like the band starts out speeding up the songs a bit, only to settle in at a speed that seems very equal with the studio versions. Even though whoever happens to be responsible for lead vocal duties at the time can't quite match Kalnoky's vocal ability, and even has to literally spit out gibberish for a second here or there, the band seems to match the tempos and combat common complaints about the issue.

The DVD just about makes the package a worthy purchase. It's shot well - save for one quick problem we'll address in a second - and you can see the band members as well as the audience perfectly, with just-appropriate cuts to the crowd occasionally. Though the sound just seems tinny for some reason, as I had to really turn up my TV to even enjoy it a reasonable level, every instrument is audibly balanced nicely. I have no trouble hearing the raw feel of the drums or Pat Kays, unintentionally doing his best Rick Moranis impression, flinging away at his bass. The funniest part of it by far, though, is to watch close to a dozen show patrons literally position themselves as "It Takes Some Time" is announced before transitioning into skanking mode upon the song's start. The aforementioned video problem is when this flat-out annoying video effect (or slip up) makes it look like the screen is shaking or vibrating during "Good Times," which almost made me nauseaus just watching. It seems intentional as it does happen during Pat Calpin's guitar solo. It's honestly just a poor-looking effect if that's the case.

You can also select the performances of the individual songs, which, while is basically a common sense feature, is sometimes disregarded in band DVDs. I suppose in order to cleanly introduce and end each of those however, there is a small black-screen fade that occurs between songs when playing the set the entire way through. It doesn't cut into the audio at all but from comparing the DVD against the CD, there's a little bit of stage banter that's cut out, though the transitions seem so aurally clear that it's hard to tell without having heard the compact disc version.

Plus, there's roughly 30 plus minutes of bonus material, including music videos for "Hard To Impress," "Point The Blame," and "Wine Stained Lips." Though you have your token filler of "On The Road" bullshit antics and a photo slideshow, "Humble Beginnings" is a cool little creative collection of footage from the individual members' early beginnings, obviously, including middle school band footage, plays, and even a Christmas morning. Also, "At The Show" has minute-long clips from various shows in the Jeff Davidson era, which is definitely interesting, though it obviously would've been the ultimate to have at least several Kalnoky-era clips. I digress.

So overall, the live audio version, which is really what the package revolves around, is a little boring and barely beyond background music at a get-together for your three friends that still listen to ska, but the DVD portion is well fleshed-out with fairly interesting features.

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Anonymous (September 27, 2005)

"Even though whoever happens to be responsible for lead vocal duties at the time can't quite match Kalnoky's vocal ability, and even has to literally spit out gibberish for a second here or there, the band seems to match the tempos and combat common complaints about the issue."

I agree 100%, exempting how terrible I think the band's new take on Riding The Fourth Wave is. It seems to me their horn section just can't belt it out as good as they were once able to.

Anonymous (May 27, 2005)

"Oh, and Dinosaur Sounds was the most underrated album ever. "

True.

Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

It's sad that Jamie Egan left Streetlight Manifesto. Catch 22 and all it's former members have a very hard time staying together.

Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

a step above mediocre at best, and a complete disgrace to the raw energy and emotion on kesbey nights, at worst. why Kalnoky left the band is beyond me but they have been going downhill since. the saving grace is that they do put on a fairly entertaining live show, but all in all its just not worth it.

pabstboy (January 22, 2005)

How can this "band" even go on without the driven vocals on Keasbey Nights and Alone in the Crowd. Puke City. I saw them a couple years back opening for Homegrown and they blew fat mmose cock. They were amazing two years before that opening for Reel Big Fish.

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

what happened between this catch 22 and kalnoky? it seems to me that they really hate him.

Crookedsuperhero (January 21, 2005)

From what i've seen of this band live, the cover looks more exiting than the performance.

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

I dont understand all the trash talking. These guys are awesome. We have been trying for 2 years to get these guys to play at one of our fraternity parties. That would rock hard.

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

I, as a New Jerseyen (sic?) would like to say that we are not responsible for this crap. We were however responsible for keasbey nights.

-!GreenVandal!

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

"If you're referring to my album breakdown, those aren't ratings out of 10...they're how many songs are played from each album."
Ooohhh. Please excuse my stupidity. :(

IheartAdam (January 19, 2005)

When will New Jersey pay for this poppy bullshit?

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

Why this band are on Victory Records is beyond me, but still they are a great live band and I shall be checking this out.

Oh, and Dinosaur Sounds was the most underrated album ever.

Joe

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

Haha. the vocals are so fucking fast on Keasby, you'd need a respirator to get the damn words in if you sped it up any more.

inagreendase (January 19, 2005)

How in the world is Dinosaur Sounds better than Alone In A Crowd?

If you're referring to my album breakdown, those aren't ratings out of 10...they're how many songs are played from each album.

thirtyseconds (January 19, 2005)

That's actually a fantastic review.

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

i will see you skanking there man.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

How in the world is Dinosaur Sounds better than Alone In A Crowd?
As for Streetlight Manifesto, they rock my socks. Ska Is Dead in Chicago on Saturday. Hell yeah!

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

streetlight streetlight streetlight. There, someone had to say it.

TheOneTrueBill (January 18, 2005)

I like how it says "Victory Records Presents" right on the front cover.

Big_Guy (January 18, 2005)

this band is alright now but is the state of New Jersey supposed to look like a fucking i on the cover? I hate when people substitute a shape for a letter when it looks nothing like that letter.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Fuck this band is gay. You hear that MATT DUNN??!?!?!?!

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Good review, but anything after Alone In A Crowd sucks my nuts because they forgot how to write songs.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Better than the Washed Up! live tracks by a long shot, quality wise. Of course,it says a lot about the band when they play just as many tracks from their debut as their new cd. Not that anyone will complain.

Still, it's gotta be hard to put up with the what, 6 years of still playing in the shadow of Keasby Nights.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

score is for big d and the kids table.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

I was wondering when someone was going to review this. I wanted to know what was on it and if it is any good. Pretty good review.

Score is for Big D And The Kids Table

mumbleumbolous (January 18, 2005)

they used to make a mockery of the old keasbey nights songs, but ever since they went on tour with reel big fish last summer, theyve gotten much better. anyone who thinks they speed up on this cd should have heard them a year or two ago.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Pretty good review. Catch 22 seems to always speed up their songs when they perform live. The score is for Alone In A Crowd

Sincerely,
-The only kid who thinks Alone In A Crowd outshines Keasbey Nights.

punkindrublic696 (January 18, 2005)

good review but the layout needs changing. (if anybody is stuck just make the browser window small)

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

shitty new-era catch 22 gets a DVD, but Link 80 doesn't?

i want link 80 back. right fucking now.

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