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catalina-shortwave-rv-coverCatalina Shortwave is one of those bands that continue to deliver some of the best pure rock music around, yet for some reason they still remain relatively unknown to the masses. From the blistering first riff, to the last note, this band blasts back in time to ignite the here and now – Rock ‘n Roll as it should be! Yep, Catalina Shortwave just kinda snuck out of Connecticut, from between the piles of mediocre-to-bad music being forced at us these days. Now they will wrap their big sounds around your head and have you believing that there is still a chance for a new classic rock-type sound revival.

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catalina-shortwave-rv-rizzoThere’s something both new and familiar about Catalina Shortwave’s sound; these guys have written a very mature sounding album, full of great hooks, melodies and a monster wall of guitars. Early highlights for me include ‘Breakaway’, ‘Darkstar’ and the epic sounding ‘Blood Orange’, but you could pick this album up at any point and find a killer track. Production-wise, each song is nice and straightforward; you get drums, bass, guitars and vocals – and lots of them! David Rizzo has to be one of the most powerfully unique rock vocalists around right now. His phrasing and diction is phenomenal. Probably the only rock singer who allows you to understand each and every word he sings.

Lyrically, musically, and as a band they really rock. In today’s scene, it’s far and few between to see a band that’s a total package. But that’s what Catalina Shortwave have become. A lot of rock bands nowadays have somewhat of a depressing and violent tone in their music, but Catalina Shortwave just has a good time and lets the music flow with passion and great talent. They have created a superb rock album with “Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial”, which blends in different styles from bluesy to southern rock to soaring guitar. It is tailor-made for blasting to a packed arena.  I hope they get the recognition they deserve with this release.

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