It’s out now in that way that records come out before they’re released. You know what I mean. Digitally. Think of it as a months-ahead-of-time heads up that there’s gonna be some cool shit on vinyl for which you’ll want to save your pennies. Denver trio Cloud Catcher make a jamming, heavy psych rolling and still strikingly progressive debut with Enlightened Beyond Existence taking some cues from the ’70s-obsessed West Coast skater set, but injecting a bit of purpose behind all that swing. They call it Captain Beyond influence and I’m not inclined to disagree, but there’s more to it than just that, and for being their debut, Enlightened Beyond Existence is striking in just how firm in its intent and execution it sounds.
As for living up to the title? Well, we’ll call it aspirational for the time being, but one listen to “Electric Ritual” and it’s pretty plain Cloud Catcher are about expanding some minds. They posted on Friday for streaming, and you can check it out under the release info below. Look out as the rest of 2015 goes on for the vinyl on their Far Out Man Records imprint and some West Coast tour dates that hopefully will be the start of a long and far-ranging stretch on the road.
Descending from within Denver’s Rocky Mountains, Cloud Catcher have arrived. The trio consisting of Rory Rummings on guitar and vocals, Kam Wentworth on bass, and Jared Soloman Handman on drums have spent considerable time crafting their own brand of heavy cosmic rock. Cloud Catcher’s riff driven and energy fueled performances have landed them the opportunity to have shared the stage with such notable acts as Lecherous Gaze, Joy, Ape Machine, Black Pussy, Lord Dying, and many more. In 2015, their debut album, ‘Enlightened Beyond Existence’ released on their very own Far Out Man Records label, had caught the attention of the local Colorado heavy music scene. The album exhibits some of the finest heavy rock and roll submerged in psychedelia this side of the Andromeda Galaxy.
‘Enlightened Beyond Existence’ channels the essence of early 70’s-era hard rock, yet propels it so far beyond orbit, transmuting it with astral brilliance. Cloud Catcher resonates to those who worship heavy acts such as Captain Beyond, early Grand Funk Railroad, Spirit Caravan, and Earthless. The trio summons thick, fuzz-laiden, mountainous riffs, sub earthly jams, and the long lost art of guitar solos which unite in crushing harmony. Cloud Catcher has received the esoteric “cosmic nod” and is unrelentingly wielding it in an attempt to pry open the mind’s eye of collective consciousness. Be forewarned…