Set to Fade

Big Ugly Fish RecordingsThe hosting for BUF Recordings runs out in a matter of months, we will not be re-newing the service. All our good work from over the past 3+ years is now archived here in this blog. The shop is in the process of moving too. You’ll find the remainder of our stock on Bandcamp. There are limited quantities of The Stormy Petrel and Live in Melbourne Vinyl LP’s left, both in red vinyl, so get them while you can before you have to pay a small fortune for them on eBay. You can find them here: biguglyfishrecordings.bandcamp.com

We are keeping the BUF Facebook Page as a point of contact if anyone has any queries and don’t forget there are two excellent active Leatherface Facebook pages here and here.

Operations are winding down due to other music projects and commitments outside the music industry.

BUF would like to thank everyone who visited us, bought music and merchandise from us, watched the bands on our small independent label and, those who continue to listen to the great music we were so privileged to be associated with.

We recommend HDQ’s new album Lost in Translation: facebook.com/HDQofficial

The Sainte Catherines: facebook.com/thesaintecatherines

The Leatherface site will remain as an archive as it is and will be updated with archive material as we receive it, if you have anything to contribute to the archive, the gallery or can recommend a high quality video please contact us via Facebook here.

Paul and Graeme @ BUF Recordings.

The Sainte Catherines – Fire Works Manifesto Magazine Review

The Sainte Catherines - Fire WorksThe Sainte Catherines
Fire Works
Big Ugly Fish Recordings

Punk Rockers, The Sainte Catherines is released LP ‘Fire Works’ the Sunderland label, Big Ugly Fish Recordings. This review may seem a little unusual considering their only relation to the North East is the label, I decided to do a little research into the Montreal based band and from what I have heard this release has assumed a slower sound and energy than their previous 3 releases. You get a sense of the bands growth into old age punk with this release, not that that’s a bad thing, we all have to roll with the clock and The Sainte Catherines appear to have adapted their style with ease, retaining their blaring guitars whilst a more reflective approach has broadened their sound and with it their appeal. There is a range of influences evident in the LP with the likes of Kiss and even a little New York Dolls all jumping out, however the sound is firmly their own and one that makes me happy to call this lot adopted mackems.Source: Manifesto Magazine

The Sainte Catherines withguitars.com Review

The Sainte Catherines - Fire WorksThe Sainte Catherine’s
Fire Works
Big Ugly Fish Records

Have you ever travelled to Montreal? Actually half of Canada? Me too, but I know a man that did, and even does. Moreover he has long made me aware of The Sainte Catherines; to be honest it was just a name of one of twenty competent Punk bands that a couple of TSC tracks made the odd CD compilation we swapped between mates. So imagine the surprise to be presented with ‘Fire Works’ the new album, face to face with a host of a diverse array of tracks, even more so, compared to the odd track I’d previously strayed upon. Though formed in 1999 this is my first major taste of Sainte Catherines, best to go into some kind of detail.

The band seems to draw on a wide range of influences from 1970’s rock and punk to eighties post punk hardcore. So there are influences that range from Alice Cooper, Kiss, New York Dolls, Ramones. I can also hear traces of bands like Pennywise, Offspring and NOFX and the vocals; remind me of The Styrenes. ‘Fireworks’ contains expansive music ingredients, all are from the various stages of rock and punk make no mistake, there is no one holding their finger in their ear or anything as dumb as that. The Sainte Catherines are far more immediate, engaging and delivered with attitude, you can go from the melodic and 4/4 tempo opening of ‘We Used to Be In Love’ to the full tilt of ‘The Great Somewhere Else’ two very different songs, one large umbrella.

‘BLR Vs Cancer’, also stands out, the song comes across all Styrenes’ (minus the piano) meets the Rocky Horror Show. While the track that could go down as the best soundtrack to that Chicago High School End Of Year Prom; still mired suitably twisted memories, long compressed questions still remain; then as the light finally begins to shine, we  go  straight into the rock tinged occasionally harmonica driven, ‘Back To The Basement That I Love’. Next up, ‘Maggie And Dave’ has a great classic feel and a king sized hook, then it’s ‘No Friends’, just give this song an extra verse and it’s my choice for a single. The three guitar ‘frontline’ of TSC really help fill out the sound, after ten plus years the 5-piece appear to be breaking loose a little, bringing in a handful of unexpected instruments and with more complex song structures, there is some hard work behind the scenes of ‘Fire Works’.

The Sainte Catherines have released a not totally unexpected, but a surprise of an album, it’s not anarcho or hardcore; ‘Fire Works’ has too many influences. Overall this is punk albeit influenced by 1970’s rock and 1990’s Orange county punk. Good to hear a band in such great form.

Source: www.withguitars.com

The St. Catherines New Tour Dates

March 26th – Shawinigan @ Le Trou Du Diable
April 1st – Montreal @ Musée D’Art Contemporain
April 9th – Keene.NH @ Get Better Fest
April 29th – Québec @ Le Cercle
May 11th – Philadelphia @ The Ox
May 12th – Brooklyn @ Knitting Factory
May 13th – Baltimore @ Otto Bar
May 14th – Asbury Park @ Asbury Lanes
May 15th – Allson @ Great Scotts
May 21st – Montreal @ Pouzza Fest

Big Ugly Fish Recordings Newsletter #7

Big Ugly Fish Recordings

Hi Everyone,

New Release – The Sainte Catherines ‘Fire Works’

The Sainte Catherines - Fire WorksBig Ugly Fish Recordings are proud to announce our second release BUFCD2 by Montreal’s The Sainte Catherines entitled ‘Fireworks’ is available now from Big Ugly Fish right now for only £7.99 which includes free P&P to the UK and Europe. Rest of the World P&P £4.50.

‘Fire Works’ is a melodic, positive, entertaining, and most interestingly coiffed LP to come out in years and takes its cues from the band’s early influences like American Steel, the Broadways, Jawbreaker and Fifteen, and strains it through a sieve of 70’s rock, like a French Canadian wine that will kick your dick off, get you drunk, eat all your poutine (Chips, Canadian Cheese and gravy, fast food) and find you hung over in the morning humming the most melodic and positive tunes of the bands storied career.

The emo kids like ’em, the punk kids like ’em. No one quite knows what to do with them because they’ve got three meaty guitars, a front man “Hugo Mudie”, that exists at that elusive vortex where Hank Von Helvelte, Chuck Ragan and the bar where Cirque du Soliel clowns go to get drunk all converge, and haircuts that would scare the shit out of almost any mum.

Expect an exhaustive touring schedule from The Sainte Catherine’s for the ‘Fire Works’ cycle. They’re loved in Europe, Canada and the stinkiest most festering pits in all of the US so get out your mustache, cut your bangs at a weird angle and give me a “Tabarnak!” for The Sainte Catherine’s.

Leatherface

Split Singles

We’ve only got 10 copies of the single of ‘Deep, Deep, Sleep’ – Leatherface, with a track by Ninja Gun – ‘Eight Miles High’ in yellow vinyl which were found at the bottom of the merchandise bag from the last Leatherface tour.

Available now only from the BUF Cornershop, along with The Stormy Petrel tour t-shirts: http://www.biguglyfish.co.uk/cornershop

This Month’s Free MP3 Track

Leatherface – I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

leatherface.biz

Regards.
Big Ugly Fish Recordings

The Sainte Catherines ‘Fire Works’ CD

The Sainte Catherines - Fire WorksFire Works’ by Montreal’s The Sainte Catherines is a melodic, positive, entertaining, and most interestingly coiffed LP to come out in years, all courtesy of Big Ugly Fish Recordings and is out now in the UK and Europe. You can order yours now at a special from the Big Ugly Fish Cornershop right now.

This record takes its cues from the band’s early influences like American Steel, the Broadways, Jawbreaker and Fifteen, and strains it through a sieve of 70’s rock, like a French Canadian wine that will kick your dick off, get you drunk, eat all your poutine (Chips, Canadian Cheese and gravy, fast food) and find you hung over in the morning humming the most melodic and positive tunes of the bands storied career.


The emo kids like ’em, the punk kids like ’em. No one quite knows what to do with them because they’ve got three meaty guitars, a front man “Hugo Mudie”, that exists at that elusive vortex where Hank Von Helvelte, Chuck Ragan and the bar where Cirque du Soliel clowns go to get drunk all converge, and haircuts that would scare the shit out of almost any mum.

Expect an exhaustive touring schedule from The Sainte Catherine’s for the Fire Works cycle. They’re loved in Europe, Canada and the stinkiest most festering pits in all of the US so get out your mustache, cut your bangs at a weird angle and give me a “Tabarnak!” for The Sainte Catherine’s. Um…also, they’ve got funny names and they’re not above wearing vests. Did I mention that? Okay. I thankenyou.

saintecatherines.com

myspace.com/thesaintecatherines

Wikipedia

The Sainte Catherines on Soundcloud

Tour Dates Winter 2011

Friday 11 February
Café Nord-Ouest Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada
Saturday 12 February
Pub St-maurice Repentigny, QC, Canada
Wednesday 23 February
Mac Daids Le Havre, France
Thursday 24 February
Scene Michelet Nantes, France
Friday 25 February
The Sainte Catherines with Maladroit, Nowadayz, and MENPENTI at Heretic Club, Bordeaux, France
Saturday 26 February
Celtic Pub Tarbes, France
Sunday 27 February
La Dynamo Toulouse, France
Monday 28 February
O`bundies Marseilles, France
Tuesday 01 March
Warm Audio Lyon, France
Wednesday 02 March
Soap Box Club Nancy, France
Thursday 03 March
Les Combustibles Paris, France
Friday 04 March
Shaka Laka hazebrouck, France
Saturday 05 March
Peniche Fulmar Brussels, Belgium
Friday 18 March
With Tenement at Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, IL, US
Saturday 26 March
Le Trou Du Diable Shawinigan, QC, Canada
Thursday 12 May
Dear Landlord with The Sainte Catherines at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY, US

The Sainte Catherines

The Sainte CatherinesBased in Montreal, Quebec, hardcore punk revivalists the Sainte Catherines first came together in 1999. These French-Canadians combine driving guitar leads and gruff vocals akin to Hot Water Music into a hard-hitting sound based in D.I.Y. and activist ideals. Originally called Concrete Fongus, the guys changed their name to their current moniker in 2000. Their first effort, Those Stars Are for You, sold over 1,000 copies independently before the band hooked up with New York-based Eyeball Records for the EP The Machine Gets Under Way.

In 2002, the German label Yoyo Records re-released their first album, following up a year later with The Art of Arrogance on Dare to Care. Signing to Fat Wreck Chords, the group released the full-length Dancing for Decadence in late March 2006. By this time, the band was comprised of vocalist Hugo Mudie, bassist Pablo Boerr, drummer Rich Bouthillier, and guitarists Marc-André Beaudet, Frederic Jacques, and Louis Valiquette (three of the six who were veterans of the Montreal ska-core group Rollerstarter). Already having hundreds of shows in nine countries under their belt with bands like the Dwarves, Against Me!, Strike Anywhere, Leftover Crack, and Leatherface, the Sainte Catherines played various dates with the Subhumans following their record’s release. Members of the band are also involved in a country side project called Yesterday’s Ring.