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Wednesday, July 3, 2002

HIGH NOTES

The Cato Salsa Experience: 'A Good Tip for a Good Time'


Trash is the new grunge, and every four-piece band worth its automatic garage door opener is being pursued by record labels who only two years ago were asking Moby if he knew any other bald vegans who could write long essays on religious pluralism. Norway weighs in with the Cato Salsa Experience, a group whose sonic touch points tend more toward Jon Spencer and "Nuggets"-era one-hit wonders than The Stooges or The Kinks, who currently top the list of hip influences in Rockville.

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As proven on their smart but strictly lo-fi CD, "A Good Tip for a Good Time" -- originally released in Europe two years ago and just put out here by Sony with a wink and a nudge -- what makes Cato Salsa and his three band mates more than your average talent-show spoilers is their unabashed affection for horns and hand claps as well as a willingness to drag out their theremin if for no other reason than to show that they actually own one. And unlike fellow Scandinavians The Hives, who will probably remain at the top of the retro-trash heap for at least the next 20 minutes, CSX don't seem to have a plan for world domination. Their songs, built almost entirely on nondescript single-note guitar riffs played fast and with a lot of distortion, aren't catchy the way The Hives' tunes are; but they deliver more unfiltered energy, and don't futz around with meaning for meaning's sake. The entire lyric to "Time to Freak Out" is contained in the title, not to mention the band's overall aesthetic philosophy. When the boys wear lipstick, it's just because "it happens to be lying around."

If CSX are after anything, it's that one sound which will carry across a crowded room and burrow deep into your back molars. You can play the album at home and snicker with your friends about how they pass beyond uncool and back to cool, or speculate on how much they paid for an organ that sounds as if it's been rusting in the trunk of somebody's Volvo since 1967. Or you can go see them live and quite possibly have the best time of your life.

The Cato Salsa Experience play July 23, 7 p.m., at Shibuya Club Quattro, Tokyo (Creativeman, [03] 5466-0777); July 24, 7 p.m., at Shinsaibashi Club Quattro, Osaka (Box office, [06] 6281-8181). Tickets are 4,500 yen.


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