Boomkat Product Review:
Following on from their Please Come Back EP released earlier this year to a torrent of praise from music monthlies and 6 Music, Catfish Haven finally deliver their debut LP for Secretly Canadian. The Chicago band have laid down ten tracks of gruff alt-rock soul music for your delectation that at times comes across as a punk retake on Motown, and at others as an outtake from The Commitments soundtrack… Catfish Haven are at their best on the old school R&B ballad ‘Down By Your Fire’ is especially successful. There’s something faintly epic about George Hunter’s forlorn, worn out voice backed up by the bluesy, even mournful horn section. It’s like Springsteen meets Don’t Stand Me Down-era Dexy’s Midnight Runners, which cannot be a bad thing.