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I have for you today a live performance with lyrics of the title track of my upcoming record “Literally Main Street”! If you’ve had to hide who you are and how you feel, for reasons big or small, this song is for you. While we were shooting the “Ding Dong Scrambled Eggs” music video our director, Dan Fromhart, wanted to “grab something else” in the kitchen of the studio. He meant another look for the video, I thought he meant a whole bonus song. After we cleared up the confusion he was kind enough to indulge me and here we are. I’m really proud of the lyrics on this one so I wrote them out by hand and threw them up there—never thought my chicken scratch would be useful but I think the scrappiness suits this vibe. The album itself is literally called ‘Literally Main Street.’ It’s Anderson’s main street, his friends and loved ones, but the sentiments created can be found within any individual, sometimes in glimmers and other times in bounds.

I’ve talked at some length about this album exploring the town I grew up in, the characters I grew up with, and where life took them in the past 20 years or so. I think it’s only fair that one of those characters gets to be me :). There’s a lot of mystery and superstition around white lighters–smokers and stoners the world over seem to think they’re bad luck. This is in part because of a (I’m sure erroneous) rumor that famous musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain had them in their pockets when they died. As someone now firmly older than those folks I wanted to write a song about the trails and tribulations, but also the virtues and joys, of still grinding on your little band into your 30s. It’s a song about keeping the dream alive and keeping things that are precious to you at the center of your life despite the literal and figurative costs. However it manifests in your life, I hope you are all keeping the white lighter lit.

I’ve talked at some length about how this album explores the town I grew up in, the characters I grew up with, and where life took them in the past 20 years or so. I think it’s only fair that one of those characters gets to be me. There’s a lot of mystery and superstition around white lighters–smokers and stoners the world over seem to think they’re bad luck. This is in part because of a (I’m sure erroneous) rumor that famous musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain had them in their pockets when they died.

Sometimes the things that stick with us are not lightning quick and powerful, but slow wheeling, calculated and intricately placed. It may take a little longer to realize what’s in front of you, but with the right view, a slower and less predictable path reveals much more than you ever could have imagined.

Singer/songwriter Eric Anderson, the Idaho native who is the voice and mind behind Seattle-based band Cataldo, knows the potency of a slow building storm, and he knows exactly how to craft and release his own tempest — the most recent being his newest album ‘Literally Main Street,’ out September. 27th. And, like a bird above the storm, he reflects on things with a particularly unique view, perched far above but still with plain sight of everything below.

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Sometimes you do dumb stuff like send your email without testing it and it’s completely black. Bad day at work here in Cataldo HQ. Sending again because I want you to know I made my best record yet and it’s finally time to start sharing it! It’s called “Literally Main Street”. And it’s a new album from Cataldo coming to you soon. The record comes out in the fall and we’re touring all over the place but I couldn’t resist giving everyone a sneak peek before the summer hits. To that end we’re playing one show at the Sunset with a dream bill of: Kyle Morton of Typhoon, Whitney Ballen, and their bands.

A little behind the scenes making this next record at Tiny Telephone from our pal Rachel Demy.

Without getting into too much inside baseball this is a big show for us–I’d be honored if you joined us! We’ll be playing lots of tunes from Keepers and Gilded Oldies alongside some new jams from the forthcoming record. I’m unbelievably proud of these new songs

From the album “Keepers”

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Ruler is the new project of Matt Batey (Rocky Votolato, Cataldo), recently signed with Barsuk Records. Built on the principle coming from poet Robert Frost that the best way out is through, Ruler’s music is a deeply personal. Batey relaocated from Montana to Seattle twelve years ago and wrote numerous songs for bands, songs he says that nobody heard. But his creative drive could not be squelched and now Batey emerges on his own with music that will surely will be heard. The new song “Not Your Friend” one that beautifully captures the emotive current of the pacific northwest indie sound. 

“I wanted to shoot something where the majority of the frame was out of focus.” says Batey about the video. “I like the idea of making things that leave a lot of space for the viewer’s mind to fill in their own details. Originally this shot was a test to see how that idea worked. When I watched it back I felt that it held the song well, so decided to leave it without edits or alterations.”

Cataldo is the recording project of Seattle musician Eric Anderson. His upcoming album is called “Keepers”, and the track we’re premiering today certainly fits the bill. “Person You’d Be Proud Of” is wistful and hopeful and beautiful, a brightly emotive yet understated slow-build that splits the difference between Anderson associate Ben Gibbard’s pensive indie rock stylings and rhythmically complex pop worthy of an ’80s teen movie’s closing credits. Or as Anderson himself explains it: At some point recording this tune my drummer asked “So…are we going full Gabriel?” As you can hear, we super, super did. This is a song about feeling lucky and wanting to somehow earn your own good fortune.

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From start to finish each song on Keepers is better than the last. The first time I heard this album I thought it was an indie pop masterpiece. All year long I just love it more and more. The storytelling in these songs is amazing. Songs like “Little Heartbeat” and “Photograph” will make you dance while songs like “Straight Up Western” and “America, Goodnight!” will make you nostalgic for those friends you got into all of that trouble with.

Cataldo is the recording project of Seattle musician Eric Anderson. His upcoming album is called “Keepers”, and the track we’re premiering today certainly fits the bill. “Person You’d Be Proud Of” is wistful and hopeful and beautiful, a brightly emotive yet understated slow-build that splits the difference between Anderson associate Ben Gibbard’s pensive indie rock stylings and rhythmically complex pop worthy of an ’80s teen movie’s closing credits. Or as Anderson himself explains it:

At some point recording this tune my drummer asked “So…are we going full Gabriel?” As you can hear, we super, super did. This is a song about feeling lucky and wanting to somehow earn your own good fortune.

His new album, Keepers, is due out April 28th via Red Pepper Records/Moon Crew Records.

“‘Photograph’ is a song about rich kids,” Cataldo tells us, “the nature of memory, and the peculiar cocktail of charisma, unfounded confidence, and concealed naïveté that’s common in late adolescence/early adulthood.” Youth is meant to be photographed.

From the album “Keepers” out 4/28

 

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