Catlow

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Vancouver alt-rock outfit, Catlow share with the world their new LP, Main of Nowhere – out today. The LP is a culmination of clean, but haunting vocals over spacey guitar hooks and bubbling basslines, married together by shimmering synths. Main of Nowhere tells stories of love and loss, growing as a person and moving on. Lead vocalist, Natasha Thirsk says the album, “is about being in the seemingly main part of your life but at times, moving forward and growing seems like you’re getting nowhere.” She continues that it was “years of personal trauma and health issues, mental illness and trying to get better and taking hold of what heals [her] the most…MUSIC.”

Album opener and lead single, “Scrapes” welcomes the listener with its jangly guitar and clean vocals. With its bubbling bass and rhythmic synths, the track creates a rather cheerful and summery vibe. The album’s opening double threat is secured by second track “A Moment Passes By”. With its punky guitar and shoegaze influence, the track definitely sounds like it could fit well in a ‘90s teen flick. This is an interesting track because its Rush-like vocals no doubt have some Classic Rock influence, yet Catlow manages to put its own alternative twist on it with its spacey guitars, making the song sound more atmospheric.

Main of Nowhere’s sound begins to deviate from what the first two tracks had to offer with “My Sun”. This track has a more of a, rather unexpected, folky, country vibe to it. The exact opposite of this track is “Settle Up”. The track opens up with rather ominous sounding synths with matching vocals. Its powerful guitars make it sound like the sensation with the pop-punk genre that was sweeping the early aughts.

Title track, “Main of Nowhere” opens up with a very gripping bassline and smooth vocals. This atmospheric track urges for some honesty: “You gotta give me more/ you’ve got to say what’s really on your mind”. Like the track before it, “Main of Nowhere” also shares hints of pop-punk summer anthems of the early aughts. However, with just enough reverb and stellar harmonies – it maintains a shoegazey twist.

The album closes off with “Forget the Rest”. This final track changes up the album’s sound once again – its strumming guitar and soft vocals leading to a more indie folk sound. It sounds more open and vulnerable than its preceding tracks: “don’t pretend you don’t feel the same as me/ don’t pretend your heart won’t break as easily”. Its gritty, atmospheric guitar really seems to express and emulate the frustration of its lyrics.

With Main of Nowhere Catlow really shows what they’re capable of. Switching up between genres and styles between songs is a pretty ambitious thing to do in a single LP, yet this Vancouver band does it flawlessly. Main of Nowhere offers relatable storylines in its lyrics but keeps each track new and fresh by embodying a new sound.

via Canadian Beats

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Vancouver Alt-Rock phenomenon, Catlow has a way of entrancing your senses and immersing you into their world. A place where relatability is inevitable and self-discovery meets the unvarnished truth – a world where hauntingly luscious vocals layer over spacey guitar hooks mixed with bursting synth beats peppered through heartbeat powered basslines as tender violins envelop the listener in utter musical bliss. Evoking a sound complementary of New Order, Pixies and the Smiths with a dash of electro-pop Blondie and Goldfrapp, critics describe their music as “Explosions in the Sky with vocals”- Vancouver Music Review.

File Under: Music Records, Catlow, is Natasha Thirsk (formerly of The Dirtmitts) and long-time guitarist-collaborator Jay Slye, along with masterly musicians Squid, Barry Higginson (Previous Tenants), Emily Bach (Dirty Spells), Laurel Borrowman, Cory B and Justin McDonald (The Bremmentown Players). Catlow was born from jazz, experimental music, new wave, and early hip hop in 2006, when formed by Thirsk. With influences ranging from Phoenix and Liz Phair, to Blonde Redhead and Daft Punk, Catlow creates a sound that is everything in between and yet, nothing you’ve heard before.

Catlow’s success began with their pop-kissed rock debut album, “Kiss The World” (2006, Boompa Records/EMI), which received international airplay, reached the Top 50 of the Canadian Earshot! Charts, and was featured in international TV hits. Catlow then recorded “Pinkly Things” (2012, Aporia Records) in Vancouver at The Factory, where Thirsk co-produced a record that culminates bouncy synth beats with ethereal guitar into a new category of vivacious synth-rock. The third explosive record, “Lose Control/Stormsad” (2015, Aporia Records), produced by renowned producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara and New Pornographers), is a testament to Catlow’s original Alt-Rock, with a touch of reinvented synth and the addition of soothing violin. The highly anticipated fourth studio album, “Main of Nowhere” (File Under: Music Records), will be released in Spring 2018 and the record truly brings it all home. While indulging the listener in classic Catlow fist-pumping Indie Rock on tracks like “Scrape,” they simultaneously debut a new era in Catlow, exploring unconventional avenues in Alt-Country music, reminiscent of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, with songs like “My Sun.”

Catlow boasts numerous accomplishments with several international festivals (NXNE, CMJ, CMW, Pop Montreal, Billboard Music, City Showcase, Riverfest and Khatsahlano Festival) under their belt, including their 2014 international Sonicbids contest win, where they played an enormous crowd at Tuscany’s Arezzo Wave Festival. With hit tracks that appeared in international TV such as Being Human and The L Word, and international radio in Canada and the UK, fans recognize that Catlow is a force to be reckoned with as they blaze their own path in music across the globe!

This music compels the listener to feel those seemingly unreachable emotions below the surface. Each song is a culmination of spellbinding tales, that mesmerizes the listener into a stormy depth of emotion hidden amongst insightful verses and rich beats. “Music should be fun, make you sweat, make you cry, make you dance, bring you joy,” said Thirsk. “It should come easily and from many sides of you. Pain, happiness, regret, excitement.” Catlow easily transcends the boundaries between music and art, leaving the listener #Thirsking for more.

Distance is daring and Catlow is boundless in their ability to touch the world – from the coasts of Vancouver, to the valleys of Tuscany, to the smallest towns in the U.S. One long-time fan described how Catlow’s music transformed her life:

“The first time I heard Catlow I was in a desperate place, frequently questioning my sexuality. I stumbled upon a TV show called South of Nowhere and that’s the first time I heard ‘Saint Hate’ by Catlow. I was captivated. The music that gives you tingles down your spine, I was hooked from the first chorus. In the years when I needed acceptance the most, Catlow’s music deeply touched my soul, fusing all the feelings in my teenage mind into 11 tracks. I honestly believe the music saved me. Eventually, I built the courage to come out to my loved ones. I don’t know where I would be without the security that their music gave me and for that, I am forever grateful.”

Who would have known that fan eventually started writing for her favorite artist? Jump into the water, take them in – let Catlow change your life, like they did mine.

“Main of Nowhere” will be out on vinyl, CD and downloads in Canada and the U.S. in Spring 2018, along with 2 music videos and tours to support. Tour dates to follow soon.

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Vancouver Alt-Rock phenomenon, Catlow has a way of entrancing your senses and immersing you into their world. A place where relatability is inevitable and self-discovery meets the unvarnished truth – a world where hauntingly luscious vocals layer over s...

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Vancouver alt-rock outfit, Catlow share with the world their new LP, Main of Nowhere – out today. The LP is a culmination of clean, but haunting vocals over spacey guitar hooks and bubbling basslines, married together by shimmering synths. Main of Nowhe...

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