Guisborough alt-rockers Catalyse are back with a follow up to their 2017 single ‘What’dya Know?’ with new tune, ‘Don’t Bait the Hangman’.
The single was launched in January with a release gig at the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough and this is my first spin of it.
The track opens with a wave of distorted guitar echoes and reverbs that assemble themselves into a sweet rock riff overlayed with a handful of lead guitar flourishes before settling into a steady rhythm for the opening line, “Sharpen your blade and leave in a rage”.
This is no walk in the park looking for the first signs of spring while lovers meet and children play, it’s an angry and emotional rock ‘n’ roll diatribe that grabs you by the neck and won’t let go until your head is in the noose.
The bass line pumps it steady through the vocal until we exit the verse as the drums and guitars crash around the sound in a cacophonic frenzy before the vocals kick in again. From the last verse, the bass keeps its thumping rhythm which is then met by a piercing grungey guitar solo to take you to the end.
It’s a track reminiscent of Royal Blood rolled with The Rakes, having that low down blues rock bass-driven feel about it. It’s hectic, frenetic and thumpingly good.
The four-piece band is made up of Jamie Harrington, Lewis Cook, Hugh Major and Jonathon Hart.
For further information about the single head to catalyseband.com.