We constantly feature new & notable indie artists that drive innovation in all aspects of songwriting, production & performance. Meet this week’s featured artist in an exclusive interview. Introducing You To Your Next Favorite Artist: Catch Fire
Catch Fire, composed of frontman Miles Kent, guitarists Tim Bell and Neal Arkley, drummer Ash Wain and bassist Joseph Ryan Askew released their debut EP The Distance I Am From You via Rude Records in early 2016, after forming from the ashes of local heroes Layby. If you’re a fan of emo-tinged pop punk, with intricate guitars and driving rhythm, evoking Trash Boat and Knuckle Puck, then you’ll certainly be adding your firm tick to the ‘yes’ column
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Review by Josh S. Pineda, Curating-Editor
Hailing from the UK, Catching Fire creates invigorating and passionate pop-punk with an alternative edge. Their single “Guilty As Charged” off their new album A Love That I Still Miss proves just that. With driving drum rhythmics, scratchy guitars, and a general warmth in their delivery, we’re definitely not sorry that we are happy to hear this track. What makes the song is the breakdown, which showcases the group’s versatility in vocal textures with a vulnerability that works well amongst more subdued and pensive instrumentals. All in all, it’s a fantastic emotive single that will spark your interest to become a fan.
What are your top 3 favorite albums that inspired you to get into music?
The Story So Far – Under Soil & Dirt; All Time Low – So Wrong, It’s Right; Fall Out Boy – Take This To Your Grave
What are your fondest musical memories?
I’d definitely say my fondest memory so far as an artist, was playing a sold out headline show in our hometown. It was a room called the red rooms, upstairs in rescue rooms in Nottingham. This was the greatest feeling in the world, because we’re still a young band, and it was so cool to see so many people go crazy to our songs and know all the words.
As a listener, I would probably say my favourite memory was seeing All Time Low for the first time. They were the reason I joined a band and started writing songs. I don’t listen to them much now, but I owe a lot to their early work. When I saw them, they played ‘Jasey Rae’ which I used to jam every single day without fail between the age of like 13-16. So as you can imagine, I was pretty stoked to say the least.
Lately what musical periods or styles do you find yourself most drawn to as a listener?
Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of a band called LANY, at the minute they’re one of my favourite bands. They’re kind of like a dream-pop, indie band that use lots of electronic and atmospheric elements, which is just nice to listen to when you’re chilling out. Generally, I just like anything where the passion is evident in the music. When you can feel the emotion in the lyrical content, or in the music or whatever, I’m all about it.
What is your creative process like? How do you approach the writing process? Is there a particular message or theme central to your creative works?
Miles usually comes up with a guitar idea to begin with; whether it’s some chords or a lead riff, it all usually starts with that. We then just bounce ideas around on where to take it next, and usually programme some MIDI drums in just as a template, and when we’ve got a solid basis of a song, we play it as a full band and develop it. Typically, we’ve found we’re better at writing sadder songs for some reason. That being said, I’d like to think we’re not TOO whiney.
We’re a firm believer that the cities that artists are based in helps craft their sound. How would you describe your city’s music scene? How has it inspired you into crafting your sound?
To be honest, we’re all from different little towns within Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire, so we don’t take a lot of inspiration from our surroundings. It’s mostly from our feelings and experiences. There’s certainly not a big pop-punk/emo scene where we’re from, it’s mainly metal/indie, which is cool.How would you describe your visual aesthetic, in terms of album artwork, music videos, and artistry? How does the music you create contribute to your visuals? Does this extend to your live show experience?
With this EP, we wanted the artwork to represent what we feel we sound like. We feel we’ve matured as a band and that our style has blossomed into what it is now, quite naturally. The new music is quite sad, so it made sense to have artwork and aesthetics that complimented that.
As an indie artist in the digital age, social media and streaming are essential tools for marketing and promotion. What do you think about online music sharing, both as a music fan and as a musician? How do you think social media/music streaming services impacts the rising musician?
Social media is a musician’s best friend. It’s now easier than ever to reach people with your music, even in other countries which always just feels insane. Once you’ve got your music on a streaming platform and a few people hear it/like it, the growth is exponential; they tell their friends, then they tell theirs. When you’re a smaller/growing band, the most important thing is getting people to hear it. Having a strong social media presence is essential too, it’s important to post the right/relevant content on things like twitter to look professional and get people to engage with you. It’s help us no end.
What is your dream collaboration and why?
I’m really not sure, I don’t think I could ever play with any of my favourite bands because I’d just be fan-girling so hard, but it’d be a dream come true to play with Fall Out Boy or All Time Low circa 2005. Jeez.
Which songs are you currently obsessed with? What new acts do you recommend to our listeners? What bands do you believe are your best kept secret in the indie community?
My favourite song of all time is “Framework” by The Story So Far, it’s on repeat all day every day, and anyone that knows me knows that I’m completely obsessed with that band, so do yourself a solid and definitely check that out. The best kept Nottingham/Derby secret, is High Tides. They’re an emo/pop-punk band, and they’re also our best mates. Those dudes are going places, so listen to them now so you can say you liked them before they got big.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects?
We’ve dipped our toes into new material, but nothing is concrete yet. We love writing music, so whenever we’ve got time, we just jam something out. We’ll definitely be cementing some new songs down soon, though.