Britpop, Britrock, indie: call what you will but it's still generic.
The Catchers are what you might call derivative. There's some Oasis
thrown in, and a bit of just about every British band since 1990 that
could strum an acoustic guitar. And, being from Northern Ireland, they
could hardly tack together an album of dreary pop tunes without riding
the wave of an obvious Undertones influence. The thing is, they pull
it off quite well.
Assessed on its own merits, 'Stooping To Fit' isn't so bad and if it
had the push of a major label behind it, it could knock several shades
of crap out of Oasis/The Verve/Embrace. It could knock their
stratospheric egos down a few steps too, with melodies to die for and
impressive (if insipid) strings and brass arrangements that equal, and
sometimes outdo, three-quarters of the pomp the aforementioned
superstars spew out.
Still, when the press release describes the songs as "original and
fresh", you can't help but laugh at the sheer untruth of it.
by Michael Gleeson