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Jews and Catholics / Press

"There are deep, industrial sounds like Meltzer’s bowed bass runs on “Golden Arrow,” yet Garcia’s voice is boyishly close enough to that of the Modern Lover’s Jonathan Richman ...there is a sense of naturalism found amidst the agonizing detail paid to the preprogrammed drum beats and jagged, aggressive guitar riffs."

"Despite their size, Meltzer, Garcia and a drum machine that moves from industrial-sized wallop to electro-ready skitters suggest a handful of indie monsters: From The Ex and Mission of Burma to Sonic Youth and Archers of Loaf, Jews and Catholics conjure a surprisingly varied lot of styles and structures, wedding it all with memorable, slightly agitated melodies. "

"You see a million bands that are just four slouchy guys up there strumming their guitars, but Jews and Catholics are not that. They're very vivid...They're exciting live, really loud and really going for it.… They're just a cool band, what can I say?" -Mitch Easter

"Eddie Garcia's J. Mascis-like guitar shredding, the warm-bowed bass textures from Alanna Meltzer and the measured rhythms of the drum machine combine to create a huge sound for just two people...Who Are? We Think We Are! keeps the energy of the duo's live show while revealing sometimes-hidden subtleties"

"Despite having just two members, the band makes a lot of noise...the result is an amped-up, crunchy record."

"Using an unlikely arrangement of tools, Jews And Catholics make a hard-hitting, vibrant brand of ’90s-inspired rock that stands out in a state chock full of the stuff."

"Jews and Catholics...remain as frighteningly unrestrained as they ever have... a very calculated balance between the raw emotional release of a band like Superchunk and the hyper-polished surface of a group like Franz Ferdinand. The result is an accessible but still repeat-play-worthy album."

"The combination of Garcia’s multi-textured guitar tones and riffs —and Meltzer’s bowed blasts from her upright bass are unique; toss in beats diverse enough that it’s easy to forget there’s no drummer, and you have a sound that transcends facile divisions."

John Schacht - Shuffle

““A dark mix of raging garage rock riffs, smooth, bowed bass runs, and new wave beats and synths — kind of like the Strokes jamming with New Order at Juilliard.... Jews and Catholics performed a mesmerizing, passionate, and well received set,””

Matthew S. Maynard - Southeast Performer Magazine
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