By using their influences as a mere launching pad and consistently developing their many strengths, Catherine Wheel
was able to outlast all of their early peers. With their initial
singles and first album, the band from East Anglia fit snugly with the
remainder of bands that the British press eventually labeled as
shoegazers, a short-lived sub-scene of bands that were characterized by
an inactive stage presence, loads of effects pedals, and buried vocals.
However, the always tuneful Catherine Wheel
survived by refusing to repeat themselves and remaining accessible to
their constantly swelling fanbase through touring like dogs. The band's
extensive discography plays like a how-to guide for bands that aspire to
do most things imaginable within the domain of bass/drum/guitar/vocals
with enthusiasm and sharp skill. They might not have reached the level
of popularity that they aimed for, but their career was one that most
bands would commit felonies to experience.