Catheter on being slept on at home in Denver and how grind will never become a commodity

Denver's Catheter recently issued its first full-length album in seven years, Southwest Doom Violence, the follow-up to 2005's Dimension 303. The band's latest effort -- bolstering an extensive library of EPs and split releases -- offers a healthy mix of grind, doom, sludge and even crust punk, building on the sound that has earned Cathether worldwide acclaim over the course of its fifteen year existence. We recently caught up with drummer Haroldo Murder during the band's European tour in support of the new album, and he got back to us with answers from the band about the new album, the evolution of grind and being slept on in Denver by everyone from promoters to this very fishwrap.

Westword: Southwest Doom Violence is your first album since 2005. In which ways do you think your sound has evolved over those seven years?

Catheter: Our sound is more refined now with our own twist of "DoomViolence." We have experimented with different lineups, added a singer, had a few different bass players, but found that we and our fans like the three piece lineup best. Jeff has tweaked the guitar sound to give us a more defining sound, but overall, we still take the same approach to writing songs: Let them flow like water, never taking the wrong approach! No pun intended.

What makes you a "303 style grind" band, as your press release states? How would you classify your sound?

We coined the 303 thing about ten years ago. H murder is from Denver, so it was his way of representing Denver, and we even made our own little gang sign, which some spoiled posers from Boulder took from us. Our sound is derived from all the early earache bands in the late '80s and early '90s, but an added doom twist. We are one of those bands who fits well in the punk hardcore scene but can also can play a death/doom metal show as well.

Do you think you get the recognition you deserve in the Denver metal scene?

Don't think we do. We never get asked to open for national acts in our town, only at the request of bands like Eyehategod and Weedeater, but even the Weedeater show, we were forced to play first, while this shitty band from Denver played after us and cleared the room out, and come to find out it was the promoter's buddies. So there is a ton a scene politics, who you know and who you blow type situation.

So we just take things in our own hands, organize our own shows, do our own tours. Everywhere else in the world, we are invited to shows, like Maryland Death Fest for two years, Obscene Extreme in Czech Republic, Play Fast or Don't [Czech], Mogambo Fest in Spain, Portland's Goregon Fest and many others. Take this interview, for example: It took fifteen years from someone from Westword to give us any press!

Who are some up-and-coming metal bands from Denver or Colorado Springs you think people should know about?

H Murder just released Blighter 7-inch on Bad People Records, and they are from Colorado Springs. Tree of Woe from Springs just released a killer demo, and deniers Roskopp has been grinding hard for a while now, also released on bad people.

Do you think grind is evolving as a genre?

That's the thing about grind: It really doesn't ever evolve, except the musicianship gets better, faster, tighter, but it is the one form of music that can't become a commodity! You have to be a true freak of music to love and appreciate it!

What have you learned from being in a band for fifteen years?

We've learned self management do-it-yourself ethic. No one is going to do shit for you! You have to go out there and get the respect you want and deserve! Check out our new album Southwest Doom Violence available at

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