It is a bit of a challenge to stand right out amongst the thick body of pop punk bands established and emerging; to find that sound which is easy to pick out from the crowd. Looking like they are on the way to becoming one such proposition is UK band Catch Fire. The Nottingham quintet has not exactly found that uniqueness yet but as their debut EP shows, they are definitely moving in the right direction. The Distance I Am From You EP offers four songs firmly bred in the recognisable genre design that flavours so many bands but as each track develops, Catch Fire show an imagination and willingness to inventively twist things that can only push the band away from the pack in time.
Formed in 2013 under the name Layby, the band released two EPs before last year either evolving into or re-remerging as, however you want to look at it, Catch Fire who now make their potent introduction through The Distance I Am From You courtesy of Rude Records (Set It Off, Zebrahead, Blood Youth, Light Years, Knuckle Puck). It is an encounter revelling in the surge of melodic prowess fuelling its songs and the fresh imagination coated tenacity coming from each band members; evidence of both coming straight away with opener Introspective Pt. I.
Instantly rugged riffs and rumbling rhythms swamp ears as vocalist Miles Kent, backed as potently by the harmonic tones of guitarist Neal Arkley, nudge attention. It is a thick but controlled beginning turning into a far friskier stroll as drummer Ash Wain’s swings become more dynamic and aggressive whilst vocals continue to easily please. That boisterous nature continues into the steely bass prowl cast by Joseph Ryan Askew’s fingers and on to the sonic blend of riffs and melodies spun by Arkley and Tim Bell. It is a heavily engaging and rousing encounter elevating to new heights and standout individualism when it canters through a low key but provocative passage of vocal shadows and harmonies within a cage of almost predatory textures.
It is an impressive start matched by latest single Bad Behaviour. It too opens with a bold and rowdy start that holds few big surprises yet grabs ears and appetite by the throat, feeding their basic needs before exploring its more inventive dexterity and ideation. Strands of spicy melody and an imposing and inventively alluring unity of drums and bass begin to emerge as the track progresses, it all blossoming into richly enticing exploits that defuse any previous scent of the band being just another formula pop punk offering.
The first two songs probably edge the other pair within The Distance I Am From You but firstly Anaesthetic has bodies bouncing and enjoyment swinging with its rapier like rhythms and fiery sonic invitation around again a strong vocal mix whilst Introspective Pt. II closes the EP off with an emotively calm acoustic caress to sink in whilst leaving one more reminder of the side by side vocal strength of Kent and Arkley as well as the thoughtful songwriting of the band.
Catch Fire are not at that point of turning UK pop punk on its head but the signs and potential are there within The Distance I Am From You, that the band have it in their ability if their imagination continues to blossom.
The Distance I Am From You EP is released February 5th via Rude Records.
Pete RingMaster 01/02/2016
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