Former NE Volume anniversary party house-band, Catalyse, has had an interesting year with a new line-up, some kick-ass singles and high critical praise. With the promise of new music and new shows on the horizon, Damian Robinson caught up with the band to find out more.
It’s been almost twelve months since we personally spoke last. At the time you were gearing up to play at our 2nd-anniversary party. How have the past twelve months been?
The last 12 months have been interesting. We now have a new drummer, giving the band a new direction, with new influences and some new ideas. We’ve also worked more on the recording and mixing side of things recently and, hopefully, that will pay off with our upcoming releases. We’ve been lucky enough to play some really great shows over the last year alongside that, and all around it’s been a really positive year for us.
Recent single, ‘Don’t Bait the Hangman’, seemed to go down really well with the critics. You must have been pleased?
Yeah. We were pleased with the response to ‘Hangman’ because the recording process took a lot longer than what we would have liked due to the change in personnel – although, after a small delay, we were happy with the single and its release.
There was a subtle difference in ‘Hangman’’s sound compared with previous releases…is this an indication of a slightly new direction for Catalyse?
‘Hangman’ had a different sound as a result of us experimenting with recording and mixing techniques. As a band, we have a very clear idea of the sort of music we want to make but we’re still trying to perfect it in recordings. We don’t consciously aim for a certain ‘sound aesthetic’ when recording but find having a more open and creative approach to things, and simply going with what feels right to us, seems to work.
We’ve seen recent social media posts that new music is coming…can you tell us a bit more about what to expect?
We are very excited about what we’ve got planned and we’re taking more care and time on every aspect to make sure we are totally satisfied with it. It’s also given us a greater ability to bring all of our ideas to life in a cohesive and professional way – we really hope it’s going be good. We can’t wait to release it and it’s hopefully going to be out sooner rather than later.
You seem to be out playing live as regularly as possible, but you’ve got an important show coming up at Sticky Fingers soon. Are you looking forward to the show? And what can we expect?
We always enjoy playing Sticky Fingers as it’s a really cool little venue and it’s one of the few places in Middlesbrough still flying the flag for live music. We’re excited for the Sticky Fingers night and we have some great gigs lined up for the remainder of July. It’s an exciting run of gigs – we just love playing!
Finally, what do you hope to achieve for the rest of 2018?
We tend not to set ourselves many ‘goals’, but we’ll be happy to just play as much as possible to as many people as possible. Although, at the same time, we definitely wouldn’t turn down a slot at Leeds fest. We plan on continuing to work on releasing lots more music and overall, just enjoying playing and working hard to improve everything we do.
Catalyse play Middlesbrough’s Sticky Fingers on Saturday 21st July. For further information about the gig, and to purchase tickets, please head to Facebook.com/Catalyseband and message Catalyse personally.