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12 O'Clock Track: Catheters, "I Fall Easy"

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I've been getting a bizarre kick out of revisiting my musical tastes circa 2002/2003 for my contributions to the 12 O'Clock Track. I was knee-deep in my formative years at the time—bumbling through an undergrad degree and no less than two bands—and the era's strain of rowdy trucker-hat rock 'n' roll spoke directly to my slovenly sensibilities and immutable need to smoke cigarettes. (I've already reminisced about Rye Coalition and Pleasure Forever, for instance.)

I just returned from a vacation on which I spent five days tooling around Reno and Tahoe, gambling and hiking and slumming. While I was hanging at a bar in the sometimes bleak, sometimes scuzzy, but mostly offbeat Reno, the Catheters song "I Fall Easy" came on. From the 2002 full-length Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days, "I Fall Easy" is a sinister, heavy-on-the-floor-tom jam in the same vein as the Murder City Devils and their brethren. It's sleazy and trudgy, crisp on the guitar licks, and heavy on the cracked-vocal sass. And it seems perfectly apropos that a long-extinct (and maybe forgotten) rock 'n' roll band from early-aughts Sub Pop was being spun at a Reno bar—a peculiar choice of soundtrack for a peculiar land.

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