INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Nottingham quintet Catch Fire, known for their sophisticated style of pop-punk, have just released their second EP, ‘A Love That I Still Miss’, the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to last year’s debut release ‘The Distance I Am From You’.
With their new offering promising to make a bigger impact on their already fast-expanding fan base, frontman Miles Kent spoke to me in detail about it.
How is your new EP, ‘A Love That I Still Miss’, different from your debut?
Musically, I’d say these songs are a lot more mature and “thought out” than our previous work. We devoted a lot of time to the little things and paid a lot more attention to detail, as we really didn’t want to release anything less than perfect to us. We wanted to music to be much more conceptual and artistic too, so there was a lot more going on than what you perhaps hear the first time around.
Lyrically, the songs are a lot darker and much more honest than anything we’ve done before. We wanted to tackle a lot of personal affairs in these songs, to hopefully try and connect with people going through some similar hardships.
How did you get the idea for the EP?
Generally, the whole EP is an apology for a mistake I made in a past relationship. She’s moved on and she’s happy now with someone else that isn’t me, and rightly so. This collection of songs is my admission, and my apology.
How was the recording process?
We recorded with Myroslav Borys of Jigsaw Audio. After having worked with him on ‘Wild Things’, we knew that he was going to help us achieve exactly what we wanted to with ‘ALTISM’. We spent three weeks in the studio with him, getting done what we could on the weekends and then cramming in what we could in the evenings after work. Some days we were all there, some days there were only one or two of us. We had to trust each other to do the best job we all could when tracking because we couldn’t all be there, which we weren’t used to. Any recording we’ve done as a band before, we’ve all been there together. We’re beyond happy with the result.
Do you think it was easier or more difficult to put together this time around?
‘A Love That I Still Miss’ came together very naturally. Nothing was forced at all. The only thing that maybe slowed things down, was trying to find the time to all meet up and get the songs written. We all have jobs, so finding the time to even practice can prove difficult.
What do you hope to get from ‘ALTISM’?
We just hope that we can connect with as many people as possible. Hopefully anyone going through a difficult situation in their life can listen to us and we can relieve some of that pain. We want to play these songs to as many people as possible and see some more of the world.
What can the band’s fans expect as well?
Maybe if we cheer up at some point, we’ll write some happier songs! (laughs)
‘A LOVE THAT I STILL MISS’, THE SECOND EP FROM CATCH FIRE, IS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH ALL PLATFORMS.