SUNY Oneonta band Catlike returns to Wilkes-Barre’s The Other Side Sept. 30
Catlike started as two people from the same two places.
After guitarist/vocalist Karah Goldstein left Long Island, N.Y. for SUNY Oneonta in 2013, drummer Collin Ungerleider followed the next year. The two attended the same high school but hardly ever spoke — Ungerleider heard Goldstein’s (ironically) wordless demos before graduating high school and, after arriving at college a year later, they began to add parts to the whole. The result was “Neffamphetamines,” a five-song EP inspired by their new experiences on the mainland.
“I feel like a lot of inspiration for the songs and the music we’ve been putting together has actually come from being out here and being in this new environment,” Ungerleider said. “Meeting new people with different ideas and hearing what other people had to say.”
They hear what people across the Northeastern United States have to say on what Ungerleider calls their “weekenders,” short three-to-four-night tours that have already taken the bedroom pop gospel Catlike preaches to a number of places, including Wilkes-Barre. According to Goldstein, her relationship with the Diamond City can be best described as love at first sight.
“I don’t even know really how to describe it, but I walked away form that tour like, ‘yeah, Wilkes-Barre is my favorite city,’” Goldstein said. “There’s something about Main Street where Bart and Urby’s is and all that cool stuff. It’s just very comfortable. I got up at 7 a.m. and I just got ready and I walked around the entire city by myself in the rain and it was euphoric. That’s definitely somewhere I’m thinking about going after I graduate.”
Goldstein has two more years before she can consider any permanent moves, but she won’t have to wait that long to visit. Catlike’s vocalist will play smack in the middle of the area she adores when the band returns to The Other Side Sept. 30. The 7 p.m. event also includes Esta Coda, Pity Party, Banderson and Scranton’s Science Queen, who are using the show to launch their new EP “Elsa.” Ungerleider said to expect new music from Catlike in the near future too, but for now, the best representation of the band is their three-piece live performance featuring Goldstein, Ungerleider and bassist James Boss.
“I feel like the live shows as opposed to the recordings we did last year (are) the best representation of the songs right now because we’ve been working on them for so long,” Ungerleider said.
To check out the oldest versions of Catlike’s songs before experiencing them in a new, altered state, visit Catlike.Bandcamp.com. To stay abreast on all things Catlike, click like at Facebook.com/CatLikeSounds.
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