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    Posted: March 06 2007 at 16:40
Totally obscure group that knows how to jam. They released only two albums before splitting, and so little is known about them. Unlike most people who have heard both of their albums, I prefer the debut. The 24 minute epic, "Embryonic Fusion" is simply kickass. What do you guys think of this interesting group?
 
Also.... can anyone possibly get me anymore info on this group? For example, did they tour in the US? Where are the members today (in particular drummer Malcom Frith), anything. I'm aware of the Spanish Catapilla fansite, but I can't find info anywhere else.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2007 at 17:10
I only heard the their debut and I think it's great.

It's true not enough people have heard them it really is a shame... Nice to see someone  interested in them.Thumbs%20Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2007 at 17:46
Good for an ocassional spin but they're not a band I could listen to obsessively. That said, they had a unique sound that's well worth getting into. Also, I think the debut's superior too. So yeah...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2007 at 17:55
I was in this very small record store a year and a bit ago and the owner whom I konw tells me, try this it's good stuff and hands me two albums, one with this weird drawing of an eaten apple and the other of a some sort of lettuce leaf with a caterpillar eating it. So I put the first one (s/t) in the store's listening stand and drift away with the music and find out that I am enjoying this remendously. Problem was I already had 6-7 other albus I picked up and all were albums I had looked for a long itme already. So I decided to give one up (Sleepytime Gorrila Museum's first album) and take that s/t Catapilla (I got that SGM eventually) and did not regret that decision (as did my wife). However I never did manage to go back and get that second album... I hope to buy that cd one say.
Don't know much about the band sadly.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2007 at 19:32
Ive heard of them and they sound quite good... i really like the cover for thier 1st album. i'd like to get to know the group but sadly theres just too much music i need to buy first...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2007 at 08:08
Both albums are GREAT!!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2007 at 12:23
I'm acquainted with their self-titled album (never heard the other one, however Unhappy).
 
An excellent work Thumbs%20Up, very intriguing and quite complicate, yet rather difficult to "digest". Indeed, it's hardly possible to listen to it several times in a row.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2007 at 12:26
The second album is superb

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2007 at 08:37
Originally posted by Trouserpress

Good for an ocassional spin but they're not a band I could listen to obsessively. That said, they had a unique sound that's well worth getting into. Also, I think the debut's superior too. So yeah...


I feel the same. They're close to Gong, the second piece on "Changes" features killer whawha guitar and keyboards.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2007 at 11:03
Originally posted by Kyle

Totally obscure group that knows how to jam. They released only two albums before splitting, and so little is known about them. Unlike most people who have heard both of their albums, I prefer the debut. The 24 minute epic, "Embryonic Fusion" is simply kickass. What do you guys think of this interesting group?
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2007 at 11:12

Great group on Vertigo, not to everyone's taste though. I do know a chap who lives in London who saw this band live in 1972. However this was in a pub, so its unlikely they ever made it to the USA.

 

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2007 at 13:19
I've heard of them before I think, but I haven't heard their albums. :(
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2007 at 14:43
A truly remarkable band. I've often described Anna Meek as "the first punk vocalist": her singing and lyrics on the first album in particular uncannily presage Johnny Rotten and the nihilistic "no future" ethos of the first generation punk bands.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2007 at 17:38

180 gram vinyl reissue was available from Arkarma in Italy - Don't know if it's still in their catalogue

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2007 at 10:19
not everyone will like the vocals of Anna Meek (who sounds like a female version of Peter Hammill on acid). but I personally really like their two albums (and prefer the first, because Meek sounds wilder on it)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 22 2007 at 21:40
Well over the months I've became an even bigger fan of this group. I also now prefer their second album to their s/t debut. The album "Changes" is not only much better produced, but it really does sound out of this world. I believe this group and their second album are among the most underrated Prog EVER.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 23 2007 at 04:02
Originally posted by Kyle

Well over the months I've became an even bigger fan of this group. I also now prefer their second album to their s/t debut. The album "Changes" is not only much better produced, but it really does sound out of this world. I believe this group and their second album are among the most underrated Prog EVER.

Since someone mentioned they sound like Gong: Their sax-player Robert Calvert (not to be confused with the Hawkwind singer of the same name) later played with the Gong spin-off Mother Gong.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 25 2007 at 18:45

Finally I've managed to find their second album, fortunately.

Unfortunately, I enjoyed it much less than the debut album, for some reasons...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2007 at 05:15
Originally posted by BaldJean

not everyone will like the vocals of Anna Meek (who sounds like a female version of Peter Hammill on acid). but I personally really like their two albums (and prefer the first, because Meek sounds wilder on it)
 
Well Meek is in the Janita Haan, Sonja Christinson register (a belter that can't control the full spectrum of her voice) , but I find her singing adequate (but no more) for Catapilla.
 
 
 
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Finally I've managed to find their second album, fortunately.

Unfortunately, I enjoyed it much less than the debut album, for some reasons...

 
Give it nother shot! I find them both pretty equal.
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