Note: This review originally appeared in the Illinois Entertainer in 1998.
The engaging new trio Suncatcher evokes both the early Beatles and R.E.M. on The Girl That God Forgot while maintaining the edge of a modern band. Lead vocalist-guitarist Doug Hammond leans toward cryptic lyrics filled with images of flying, drug abuse, and suicide.
The title track offers weird spiritual references and clever wordplay like, “Clarity begins at home” and “No vaccine, so have me shot.” On “Juvenalia,” Hammond sings,” My fate is something you laugh about./You dance while I do without” against an ethereal backdrop of acoustic and electric guitars. “Dandelion” is a somber ballad set to a string arrangement.