by Ron Saemann
Catherine Wheel's debut album Ferment still seems to mesmerize me with its dead-on drumbeats, distilled vocals and chill, swirly guitars. The shoegaze quartet from Great Yarmouth, UK best known for its haunting yet bombastic single, "Black Metallic," got the juices flowing like a Pink Floyd renaissance with My Bloody Valentine. At times, nothing quite summed up the 90's with ethereal beauty that fell so low and yet cranked guitar feedback so high; almost like an alarm clock waiting to hit the much-hated early day of light. Simply stated songs like "I Want To Touch You" and "She's My Friend" screeched and squealed all the wet joy out of space rock. Yet still leaving something to be sucked out and savored by late afternoon and into the dark of night. Damn, this is still so good! And yes, it's okay to strum the hell out of your air guitar, my friend. More reverb, please.