The Catheters

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The Catheters
The Catheters, 2000.jpg
The Catheters in San Francisco, 2000
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington
Genres Indie
Hard rock
Garage Rock
Years active 1995–2004
Labels Sub Pop
Associated acts Tall Birds
Damaged Goods
Website Official Website
Past members Brian Standeford
Derek Mason
Davey Brozowski
Paul Waude
James Lysons
Lars Swenson
Leo Gebhardt

The Catheters were a punk rock band from Bellevue, Washington that originally formed as a 4-piece in 1995 (Brian, Derek, Paul, and James who soon swapped bands with Dave and joined Damaged Goods), playing hardcore punk in the vein of Black Flag and The Circle Jerks. Over the years toured several times with bands such as Sparta, Mudhoney, Run Run Run, Division of Laura Lee, and very often with the Murder City Devils. Before signing to Sub Pop, The Catheters added a second guitarist in 1998 (Lars) and started culturing a more dirty, 70s glam-rock sound as heard on their eMpTy Records releases. The records sold well and gained them the attention of larger labels, such as DreamWorks and Sub Pop. Paul and Lars left the band in 2001 for other projects, and The Catheters' long-time roadie Leo joined as bassist. In 2002, they scored an indie hit with the song Nothing from Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days and its accompanying music video. After a couple more singles and heavy touring in 2002 and 2003, the band released the excellent album Howling...It Grows and Grows!!! in 2004, using all their former sounds and infusing them with aesthetics of classic rock. The Catheters played their final show on October 15, 2004 with a big blow-out at Seattle's Sunset Tavern joined by friends The Vells and blackbelt (who played some old-school Catheters covers), ending the show with a mass sing-along to Fake ID that degenerated into instrument destruction and a minor brawl. The band dissolved amicably, with the former members Brian and Davey started Tall Birds which was later joined by Leo while Derek went on to play keyboards in The Girls and bass in Sunday Night Blackout. Since then Tall Birds stopped flying and Brian started Idle Times and Davey went on to start a band called Black Whales and now tours with Modest Mouse as their percussionist/ second drummer alongside Jeremiah Green. Idle times has two seven-inches out on and Black Whales have an EP on Mt Fuji Records and self-released full-length. The Girls are on Dirtnap Records. The Catheters played a birthday party in January of 2013 and the Sub Pop Jubilee in June of 2013.


  • Brian Standeford – vocals, guitar
  • Derek Mason – guitar
  • Davey Brozowski – drums
  • Paul Waude – bass (1995–2001)
  • James Lysons – drums (1995–1996)
  • Lars Swenson – guitar (1998–2001)
  • Leo Gebhardt – bass (2001–2004)


  • No Escape EP - Beer City, #76 (1997)
  • The Kids Know How To Rock 7" - eMpTy Records, MTR-375 (1999)
  • The Catheters LP - eMpTy Records, MTR-380 (1999)
  • Put It Together / Days Gone By 7" - Sub Pop, SP-474 (1999)
  • It Can't Stay This Way (Forever) b/w Means To an End 7" - Kapow, KP-005 (2000)
  • Build A Home b/w Hang Up 7" - Sub Pop, SP-578 (2001)
  • Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days LP - Sub Pop, SP-568 (2002)
  • 3000 Ways UK-Only CD-EP - Sub Pop, SP-596 (2002)
  • I Fall Easy/Pale Horse/Looks Good On Me UK press 7" - Sub Pop, SP-604 (2002)
  • Howling...It Grows and Grows!!! LP - Sub Pop, SP-618 (2004)
  • No Natural Law CD-EP - Sub Pop, SP-634 (2004)

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