“As cliché as it sounds, we just want to play our music to as many people as possible before we keel over and die,” grins Tim Bell, guitarist of Nottingham quintet Catch Fire, a posi pop-punk proposition formed earlier this year from the ashes of local heroes, Layby; “We have a burning desire to write and play music. It’s really as simple as that. I don’t think any of us can see ourselves doing anything other than this.” The good news is, with their debut EP The Distance I Am From You boasting bangers as infectious as lead single and future floor filler, “Bad Behaviour,” and the soaring, emotinged “Anaesthetic,” it’s not likely that the lads of Catch will need to consider doing anything else, anytime soon. Following it’s recent release, here the band discuss the recording process…
“We spent three quarters of 2015 writing and perfecting The Distance I Am From You, so we pretty much felt as prepared as we were ever going to before heading into the studio to record. We were throwing around ideas of who to record with for a while; we knew we wanted someone current and innovative to work with that we felt could connect with our music and make it into something great. We decided to go with Seb Barlow as he ticked all the boxes. He’d worked with an extensive list of bands and artists that we were fans of (Neck Deep, Blood Youth, WSTR) that are doing well for themselves, and we were pretty much all as soon as he gave us his availability.
We spent 6 nights down in Wrexham with Seb, programming drums (which would later be replaced by real drums) tracking bass, guitars and vocals. We then spent the following weekend in Sheffield at Steel City Studio, where James Hill tracked and edited them, for Seb to later mix and master. We had a lot of fun down in Wrexham; Miles got his ears and nose pierced behind his parents back and we all listened to the backlash on loudspeaker when he told them, Joe broke up with his girlfriend, Ash accidentally cuddled Tim during his sleep but still denies it to this day, and Neal.
We couldn’t be happier with the final product. Seb has some great ideas and was most certainly the right person for our EP. He contributed a lot of great ideas and was so laid back and easy to work with. We didn’t feel at all rushed or on edge, and that helped the process a lot as it was a fun experience. We’d definitely go back to him in the future!”