In the early moments of the punk group Fear's track "More Beer," you can hear vocalist Lee Ving groping in a slushy ice chest, saying, "There's a cold one way down here in the bottom ..."
In that grand tradition, local band Catfish Phillips celebrates the release of a new EP, "Still Plays for Beer," Saturday at the High Noon Cafe in Norwich. They also have a song called "Biscuits and Gravy" in which the chorus rhymes "cup of joe" with "bacon, eggs and cheese on a bagel or a kaiser roll."
I sense a recurring motif, and with a breezy style of reggae-toasted pop recalling the hookier moments of Sugar Ray and Sublime, you'd be a fool not to make this show - particularly since a $10 cover option includes a copy of the EP, sticker, pin and a shot. (Marketing idea, dudes: For $12, throw in a boudin omelet!).
If you can't be there: starting Sunday, "Still Plays for Beer" will be available for download at www.catfishphillips.bandcamp.com.
- RICK KOSTER
CATFISH PHILLIPS, 9 P.M. SATURDAY, HIGH NOON SALOON, 297 WEST MAIN ST., NORWICH; EP RELEASE PARTY WITH LLAMA TSUNAMI AND DIM; $5 COVER OR $10 TICKET INCLUDES A COPY OF THE EP, STICKER, PIN AND A SHOT; (860) 886-7600.