Catalysis – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Catalysis: We are a metal band who reach into the groove, thrash and death metal styles.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Catalysis: We formed in 2016, after a few lineup changes we released our first EP, Into the Unknown, in 2017. After another small juggle of the pack to what is near enough our current lineup we released our second, self-titled, EP in 2018. We release our first full length album this year, titled Connection Lost, and have since recruited a bass player.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Catalysis: We all draw influences from a variety of sources, musically, from the likes of Machine Head and Chimaira to Kreator, Bodom and Sylosis and many more on top. I think what unites us in our influence is what we are trying to do with it though, which is to create proper balls out heavy groove metal with aspects of thrash and death metal but keeping it engaging by incorporating wee nuances of melody and harmony.
In terms of non-musical influences, we’re probably more influenced by who we’re not influenced by! So, political figures like Boris Johnson, Paul Golding, Tommy Robinson or even Donald Trump give rise to the energy we need to give our work the impetus it needs.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
We’d love to have our album get out there and make an impact. We had a taste of a European tour last year and would love to do that again. We also played a festival last summer and the big stage and atmosphere was something that like is right at the top of our list of hopes and dreams.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Catalysis: Our vocalist, Col, writes all the words and he’s passionate about the environment and social issues like racism or mental health stigmas. He’ll also take inspiration from historical wrongdoings.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Catalysis: We have a good relationship with the local student’s union who help us out a lot; they have a radio station and loads of followers and whatnot. They seem to really like our stuff as well, which is really sweet. On top of that, we’re very active on social media and spend time going to other bands’ shows.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Catalysis: The growth of the internet is unstoppable and we, as musicians, need to move with the times. It’s up to us to adapt to what our fans want and it’s fairly clear that a lot of people want digital music. Online platforms such as Spotify and YouTube make it easier than ever to get our music out there and that can only be a good thing.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Catalysis: We have had some disagreement over this! I think, realistically, we’d like to have been the band that released a Synthetic (Spineshank), Power Trip (Chimaira) or an After Lifeless Years (Sylosis), a song that really broke the band out and made people listen. Then again, perhaps it’s a sound like Dyscarnate’s With All Their Might album, which just packs so much power and groove that it must give them such a sense of satisfaction.
That said, I suppose really we wish we’d written White Christmas by Bing Crosby. That way we’d be set up for life, we could just concentrate on writing music and not need to worry about putting food on our tables!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Catalysis: As a band, there are a few really annoying things; promoters who don’t promote, bands who turn up for their set to play and then leave again, cliquey scenes, bad production, we could go on.
In terms of peeves on a more personal level, we all work hard and play hard so we are probably united in our dislike for laziness and lack of ambition.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Catalysis: Touring Europe last year, no doubt. Playing a packed biker bar in a converted warehouse in Belgium and selling half our merch on the first night to the last night where we just met the most incredible people. The culture in mainland Europe is just so different, so respectful and welcoming.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Catalysis: We have just finished recording and whatnot for our first album, Connection Lost, which is out on July 24th on all the usual digital platforms, and pre-orders of physical CDs and merch are available now from catalysis.bigcartel.com. On the back of that we are working with promoters and making videos and the like to help us reach as many people as possible.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Catalysis: Both of our previous EPs are available through Play Music, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and whatnot. You’ll find a whole load of our music on YouTube as well, including some of the stuff from our new album, just search for Catalysis band.
Thanks very much for having us!