Hurray for Everything
The first release from Chicago indie geek rockers Cats and Jammers. 'Scott Anthony's hyper-guitar sound is surprisingly clean, but it's also crisp, almost as amphetamine-rushed/busy as the Wedding Present, only his sunny melodies are for kick-ass pop kids to hum. Really, really sharp stuff: All 13 songs kick!' --Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover 'Cats & Jammers ably encapsulate 35 years of pop rock history in a single fun-n-frothy volume. There's unrequited love ('My Love') rendered with vivid lyrical irony, good love turned bad ('Good As Dead'), social criticism ('People are Stupid'), awkward moments ('Not Gay') and many more nuggets of human interaction, all provided in a jangly pop style that only a Grinch couldn't love. --George Zahora, Splendid E-Zine 'Behind the façade of cheerful happy vocals and preppy, poppy beats reminiscent of '60s bubblegum rock are songs about displacement, being a corporate tool, rejection and confusion -- It's an interesting dichotomy -- if you're not listening to the lyrics and just hearing the songs, this stuff's amazingly upbeat, but if you're listening to the lyrics, these songs are pretty bleak. The chemistry between the musicians in this is just amazing. They sound like they're really enjoying themselves here.' --Holly Day, Flow Online 'Hurray for Cats & Jammers! This is a well-earned nod to one righteous pop band. Unlike the proliferation of Beach Boys wannabe wankers, Cats & Jammers continues the great pop tradition by partaking of it and then moving on to express their own musical voice. This is good stuff.' --Jared Julius, Jitter Magazine 'Brandishing a surplus of energy, Cats & Jammers make music for those who live to pogo their brains out, as their economical ditties boil over with skittish rhythms and scads of unshakable hooks.' --Beverly Paterson, Twist and Shake 'Highly recommended for pop enthusiasts, the C&J record Hurray for Everything is a mood lifter.' --Providence Phoenix 'I ringingly endorse this disc-13 blasts of high energy electric pop that have me spinning it again and again. Highly recommended.' --Pallid Pilgrim 'Ultra quirky pop abounds on Hurray For Everything. The band is led by singer/guitarist Scott Anthony's nasal delivery and plenty of jumpy rhythms....cheery and bubbly, they've got sort of a Mitch Easter/Let's Active energy about them. --Spank Fanzine 'Listening to Hurray for Everything is like a fast slide back to the '60s, when pop rock began to give way to the punksters, whose sharper edges enervated a musical style that was beginning to wear out. These young men from Chicago might remind you of the glory days of the B52's melded into a strange new sound that includes some of the edgy fun made popular in more recent times by Green Day. There's even a bit of the Ramones, in that Cats & Jammers perform three-minute extravaganzas that made a point with sharply designed lyrics and perform with a raucous jolt of energy. The band combines a happy note of innocence that makes their sometimes darker lyrics take on a sinister cloak. They're damned good fun.' ---Bob Powers, g21 'Hurray For Everything is a fantastic presentation of pure, energized Pop that recalls the Power Pop movement of American and British bands of the late '70's/early 80's. They're worth the price of admission alone...this should be an enchanting evening of slanted entertainment.' --Cincinnati City Beat.