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Catherine Wheel

663 Chrome by Catherine Wheel


Mercury Records
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Gil Norton

On the 1993 sophomore album Chrome, Catherine Wheel cut back the shoegaze elements for a bolder, more dramatic sound

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Catherine Wheel's 1992 debut Ferment is a bonafide shoegaze classic, full of swirling guitars and ethereal vocals. For their 1993 follow-up Chrome, the band brought in Gil Norton, who had a resume boasting bands like the Pixies, Throwing Muses, Pale Saints, Echo & the Bunnymen, and more. With Norton on board, the band dialed down the waves of distortion and used it more sparingly, and a more crafted sound emerged. Harder guitar riffs, paired with Rob Dickinson's chameleon-like voice that could deliver throaty shouts and crooning coos, edged the band towards a more refined sound without leaving their shoegaze roots completely behind. The end result is a exceptional transitional album before the band would fully embrace a harder edge on their third album Happy Days.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Crank
  • 26:22 - Chrome
  • 34:22 - Ursa Major Space Station
  • 47:57 - Fripp
  • Outro - Show Me Mary

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