The term "caterwaul" means to sing off-key, best characterized by the noises made by female cats in heat; thus a dry satire for use as a band's name.The Caterwauls are the favorite band of Ed The K Motley as evident by his MySpace URL of /caterwauls. Kay first learned of the band on March 4, 2003 while celebrating Mardi Gras on Mill Avenue. Unfortunately it was not until September 4, 2004, through an unrelated invitation that Kay saw his first Caterwauls show. Observing an acoustic guitar, an electric bass, and a small trapset sitting inside the Trunk Space for First Friday, he thought to himself, "oh, this is gonna suck!" By his own admission, he could not have been more wrong. Kay briefly worked as their manager in Spring 2006.
In 2012, Kay began a project to release a Caterwauls Live CD, which he completed in late-September (just in time for Kyle's birthdays that year), taking various performances of Caterwauls playing their best songs and some songs that were never released on any albums. The album was titled "This Is Not An Emergency" after the song "Emergency" and an unused album design that Kay initially conceived for the Caterwauls back in 2004.
For many years, their official website was caterwauls.com/fla (no one ever seemed to know what the "/fla" represented) but the website closed down at the end of 2007 before the group disbanded. The website was the exclusive home of "Prescription Pill" until the CD was re-released in August 2005.