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As with the last EP, physical copies of Catherine come with a 60-page chapbook (available on Bandcamp), featuring an original short story by Dalton and illustrations by Mike Shoykhet. Fans of the ongoing Traveling Show narrative will not want to miss this story, which gives us our most illuminating view to date of the expansive universe that's being built by the band.
Pulp-punk band Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show are back with the second entry in their EP trilogy. Featuring new single "Tin Laurels" and fan-favorite "Approximate Girl," Catherine pushes the band in a more atmospheric and experimental direction.
This album furthers the band's alt-history sci-fi/horror saga by telling the tale of Catherine, a young girl in the 1940s who moves to Detroit to follow her dreams just before the city crumbles into depression and poverty. "Tin Laurels" is a Bowie-inspired post-punk atmospheric groove, layered with intricate drums and bass under a static guitar line. "Approximate Girl" is a rolling thunderstorm of a ballad; soft guitars are intercut with lightning flashes of drums, building to a roaring climax. The songs are bridged by a bizarre, off-putting interstitial that takes the poetry of dadaist Tristan Tzara, and sets it with a choir of digitally harmonized voices. Never boring and always strangely alluring, this EP is unlike anything the band has released thus far.