THE CATHOLIC GIRLS ARE
Gail Petersen (lead vocals/ rhythm guitar)
Roxy Andersen (lead guitar/ backing vocals)
Doreen Holmes (drums and percussion)
and one guy
Steve Berger (bass)
Powerful rock with a wave/punk influence, strong pop melodies, pounding guitars, a driving beat and great vocals.
THE STORY THEN
The Catholic Girls were born when schoolgirls Gail Petersen and Roxy Andersen put their guitars together to form the first
all-female band with Doreen Holmes on drums. After giging relentesly in the New Jersey area and sending out tapes to major recored labels they would eventualy be signed to a recording contract with MCA Records. The Catholic Girls released an album on MCA both in the USA and Australia as well as a special Armed Forces Edition. They then embarked on 2 national tours, received widespread commercial airplay and debuted on MTV to the music of their new wave anthem, Boys Can Cry. Interesting fact; the band was scheduled to appear on Saturday Night Live, but then were cancelled as they were deemed, at that time, “too controversial” simply because they wore parochial school uniforms on stage and rosary beads as necklaces!
In 1999, the original album was revived and released in CD format, and fans from the 80s were thrilled to have
the girls in plaid back, as were many new fans they were making along the way. In 2002, the band released Make Me Believe as their first indie CD, embarked on a tri-state tour (NY/NJ/PA), opened for acts like Dave Davies of the Kinks, Gene Loves Jezebel and performed at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood and at The International Pop Overthrow Festival. The Asbury Park Music Awards nominated them for Top Rock Band of the Year and their video, Make Me Believe, reached the charts in Billboard.
In 2004, their CD single, Summer Vacation/Rock’n America (a tribute to Joey Ramone) was released nationally followed by a full length CD, Meet the Catholic Girls. Both gained momentum with college and Web airplay and glowing reviews. Meanwhile, the band made history in the 1/06/06 issue of Goldmine Magazine when their first 45 single, Boys Can Cry was selected by readers to be part of The Ultimate Rock'n Roll Jukebox (The Top 200 songs ever that must be included on any jukebox)! They were in good company on that list, which included The Beatles, The Stones, The Ramones and Blondie!
Then, Little Steven saw them play live one night and instantly converted. Rock’n America was now played on a regular basis on his internationally syndicated radio show, The Underground Garage. It was later included on his Coolest Songs in the World, Vol. 7 CD. Bill Kelly, a long-time altar boy was also broadcasting the single on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and Genya Ravan (SiriusXM Radio), featured CG songs on her shows, Goldie’s Garage and Chicks and Broads. Both songs additionally got airplay on hundreds of college, internet, and commercial radio such as WRAT, WNTI, WFMU, WPRB, WTSR, WDIY, Cyberstorm Radio, BlowUpRadio, iHeart Radio, Time Machine (with Michael McCartney) and This is Rock'n Roll Radio.
In 2012 the band released THE CATHOLIC GIRLS—EXPOSED with 13 tracks that included something for everyone: rock, pop, garage, blues and a ballad inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's film Rebecca. The CD was played by all their favorite stations including WFDU, Genya Ravan's show on SiriusXM Radio, Home Grown Radio and several stations in the UK and Australia.
KISS ME ONE MORE TIME was released in 2015 and received glowing reviews in The Aquarian (Shoreworld—John Pfeiffer), Punk Globe Magazine, Steel Notes and more. With songs like the title track, Kiss Me One More Time, a blues rocker to the pop-flavored, Where’s the Logic(a tribute to Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock) and a girl-band anthem, Breaking All the Rules,
the band once again received widespread airplay. They performed live at various clubs and festivals in NY, NJ and PA including an all acoustic show for the world-renowned Melanie Safka. That acoustic-only performance by the girls, along
with continuous requests from fans, was partially responsible for what happened next.
NEXT… AND NOW
The Catholic Girls have just released a brand new CD — SOMEBODY BETTER GET A ROOM. It includes four recent studio recorded tunes. Don’t Cry is the explosive, rocking next chapter of Boys Can Cry (single from first major label album) complete with distorted guitar riffs plus the distinctive CG’s clean 8ths driving it forward about a “born again broken heart” who decides
“I won’t cry, don’t you”. Somebody Better Get a Room is a catchy pop rock song with a Beatlesque opening and ending and beautiful vocal harmonies. It’s about physical attraction, the urgent drive toward what could be love – and the possible end of the world if the need is not fulfilled. Without a Country is a heart-wrenching ballad for our time and for all the ages. It revolves on multi-levels touching on the themes of true homelessness, the feeling of being a lost stranger in a strange, changing world, and the universal desire to find, or return to, where there is “no place like” — home. Plus, Gone, the pounding guitar and powerful vocal-driven rocker that explores the eternal question – Is it true that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, especially when it comes to love? It features a Vocal Only opening, an orchestral lead break and a dramatic closing crescendo “I’m going, going… gone.” These four are followed by five songs that were recorded in Bordentown, NJ when the band performed the above mentioned in a rare “all acoustic” show with nothing more elaborate than a simple camera for a recording device. All these tunes are from previous albums complete with adlibs, a few missteps, some insider intros, a fabulous audience and absolutely NO post production alterations to the real, live, absolutely unedited performances.
There was a time when The Catholic Girls set out to prove they could play with the boys—and this is now undisputed (in fact, they now even include a boy in the band). The Catholic Girls have proven conclusively with sheer power, unforgettable music, tenacity and iron-willed longevity, that again and again, they can break all the rules and rock the house with anyone, in any venue, any time, any place, anywhere!
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