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CD REVIEW: Buckwheat Catapillar  - Anxiety

By: Cyrus Rhodes




Artist: Buckwheat Catapillar

CD: Anxiety

Website http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/buckwheatcatapillar

Genre: Alternative Rock, Punk, Classic Rock

Sounds Like: The Flaming Lips, Beck, Cake, Iggy Pop to Frank Zappa

Technical Grade: 8/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Kennedy’s Head, Hitler’s a Jerk, I’m a Homo Now

Weakness: Short Sided CD, a few winded Songs




Buckwheat Catapillar is a fascinating singer /songwriter/guitarist based out of Tacoma, Washington. The following is an expert from a recent Interview; In my mind I am the Lead singer in a group Baby Knockors with Felix Penitrator on guitars and a house gig at the Back Forty. In reality I am the singer and guitarist for Buckwheat Catapillar...Musician...Philosopher and Provocateur and can be found at Youtube: "Mr. Catapillar the Jew Hating Clown." But be aware I like Jews. I drink orange Juice every morning before I have sex with my neighbor. And lest I forget I need to give some credit to Justin Macdonald and to Denny Porter aka Felix Penitrator the two fellows that put me on the path to insanity. Musical influences include: Howard Stern, Iggy Pop, and Leo Sayers Evil Twin. This should be interesting.

The CD kicks things off with “Anxiety” a solid intro piece that serves up steady rock rhythm, against infectious vocal vibe against catchy guitar groove from Buck caterpillar. Track 2 “Rock of Ages” keeps things moving with methodical musical intro leading you into Track 3 the “Enema the 8th” with serves up slamming drum beat against hooky melody, and rocked out guitar. This coupled with mesmerizing lyrical content makes for a very interesting musical statement. Track 4 “I’m a Homo Now” serves up infectious electro-rock groove that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition with hypnotic lyrical content and heartfelt vocals from Buckwheat Caterpillar. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts such as The Flaming Lips, Beck, Cake, Iggy Pop to Frank Zappa. Right from the start you will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere, full of passion, variety and strong melodic structure. The songs themselves are addictive, and packed full of zany and entertaining lyrical content and subject matter that simply cannot be faked. The music itself is an impressive blend of rock, alternative rock with just a dash Classic Rock and Punk. Along the way besides the typical 4 piece standard you will notice impressive solo guitar, rocked out guitar, piano, keyboards, organ, horns, well placed harmonies and impressive sonic accents all built upon a solid low end rhythm section foundation. Buckwheat Catapillar makes no attempt at sugar coating the truth via his music, instead he lets it all hang out with reckless abandon and trippy lamentation. His voice works well within the confines of this upbeat, funny yet trippy catalogue. I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks throughout the CD as well. No doubt this guy can hold his own on guitar vocally, as I didn’t fail to notice a few well-placed harmonies and impressive falsettos that lets it all hang out. Enter Buckwheat Catapillar’s musicianship and production virtuoso - equally as impressive. What I like most about the music is its sheer unpredictability and amazing amount of originality. Song for song you can never really predict what’s waiting for you around the next corner. Also present is a brilliant yet eccentric attitude. From hooky “Wild About Jews” to rocking “Hitler is a Jerk” to powerful “Look into the Future” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 8 “Kennedy’s Head” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.


It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses with this CD. This release is a bit short with just 8 songs in the line-up. Perhaps 3-4 more songs are needed to really make this a fully loaded release. “Look into the Future” is a bit winded and drags you to the finish line.


Anxiety is an impressive musical production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – the amazing creative genius of Buckwheat Caterpillar. He possesses enough musical talent and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. The music is clean, goes down smooth, and is full of amazing thought provoking lyrical content. The messages are passionate, honest, and amazingly witty - all from a brilliantly zany perspective. The true meaning of some of these songs is buried deep within the lyrical content and is not so easily pinned down the first listen. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Buckwheat Catapillar is one of those artists.


Cyrus Rhodes