With NME placing Catcher as one of the essential up-and-coming artists for 2022, it’s safe to say that this next statement is true: The band absolutely slays. A visceral force with everything to prove, their music is a refreshing revamp of the post-punk genre. Based in Brooklyn, the group has been making headway through energetic shows and arthouse singles such as “Yesterday’s Favorite” and “Only Advice.” Now, with a new music video for their latest track, “Comparing Saviors and Friends,” through New Noise Magazine, get ready to understand why Catcher truly rocks.
We’ll give it our all every time. I think you can tell that we’re really giving it 100% and giving it all of our energy. That’s feedback we’ve gotten, and you know that’s really what it’s all about
Catcher on the group’s stage presence
Wasting no time at all, the band kicks it off with all instruments guns blazing before Austin Eichler’s vocals interrupt the mix with lazy passion. Shoegazed to a tee, the guitar magically intertwines with the vocalist’s melody and presents a matching rhythm with each lyrical staccato. Particular praise goes to the guitar work of Jack Young and Christian Reech. The feel of each guitarist reminds the listener of bands such as Sonic Youth and Iceage while also being wholly unique. Nonetheless, as we get to the midway point of the single, it’s Wilson Chestney’s pulsating drum patterns that move the song forward and bring energy to Eichler’s Grian Chatten-esque vocals.
We start with a single idea on an instrument or a theme and work with it through the course of an 8 hour day. If we don’t have most of the song figured out by the time we’re done for the day we’ll typically scrap it and move on the next day. If something works we’ll keep building on it later but we find a lot of beauty in allowing the song to grow without being fragmented so early on.
Catcher on their songwriting process
Finally reaching the interlude at 1:41, we are given a quick break with Cameron McRae’s bass before the lyrics “Comparing Saviors to your Closest Friends” reintroduce us to the hellfire. This burning pit in question is as noisy as ever, with a cathartic guitar solo meshing wonderfully in the constructed chaos. Everything we have just heard has led up to this crescendo, and my god… it is beautiful.
With their new Album, The Fat Of A Broken Heart, scheduled for release on February 18th, be sure to get all your latest Catcher news here at Glasse Factory.