Chronicles from Catford may be a debut album, but it’s really a group of old friends getting together under one heading for the first time. The resulting album is a comfortable listen that never really sets the room alight but is perfectly enjoyable all the same. It does perhaps raise the interesting question of what really constitutes ‘Americana’ music?
Whilst the opening – and best – track, “Tired Old Bones” falls comfortably into the broad church that is Americana, and the very different Celtic-influenced “Oh My Lover” may also be said to be in the same category, “Pressure” is a track that would certainly be at home on a reggae album.
The band is made up of the vastly experienced Davy Cattanach who has been in numerous groups, including The Squibs, a favourite band of John Peel in the 1970s. He is joined by Steve Crawford, the two previously having joined together to form Shameless. Despite the short life of that particular band the two have remained friends and collaborators. The final member of the group is Jonny Hardle who was previously in Old Blind Dogs with Cattanach. Between them, Cattanach and Crawford wrote all the tracks on the album.
In the end, this is an album by three old friends with a love of music and a wealth of experience. It’s relaxed and enjoyable without ever really being any more than that. There is variety but somehow a lack of depth and not a memorable track despite everything. It’s a perfectly enjoyable album, but one unlikely to live long in the memory.