Thanks to every shitty-ass 90s-era band that ever was, the turntable as an instrument is pretty much officially a really bad fucking idea in rock music. Because - and this is key - if you use turntable-scratching you will probably sound like Sugar Ray, Sublime or Limp Bizkit. So, for whatever masochistic reason, this Melbourne, Australia-based band has come up with a painfully inexplainable combination of Sublime-ish white-boy skat/rap, annoying jam-band rock and recycled ska, all bound together with a goofy factor that would embarrass the Barenaked Ladies. Kind of the musical equivalent of cooking with bubble gum, raw chicken and beet juice.
The Cat Empire plays the Mod Club Friday (June 30).