- Artikelnummer 33373
- Band/Artist: CATALYST*R
- Format: CD
- Genre: PROGRESSIVE
- Erscheinungsdatum: 25.06.2021
CATALYST*R formed during the first UK lockdown of 2020 when ex-ESP lyricist and vocalist Damien Child approached PGR for help in finding a possible collaborator.
Ex-This Winter Machine composer and founding member Gary Jevon was contacted and the pair hit it off immediately. A long-distance writing partnership between London and Yorkshire began and they quickly amassed enough ideas to complete a full album. Greg Pringle (ESP, Simon Townshend and Quadrophenia) soon joined on drums/percussion. CATALYST*R have created an album that is technically and musically ambitious, whilst also melodic and accessible. This emotive experience begins with the driving urgency of opener Welcome To The Show followed by a sense of isolation in Apollo One Three. The bittersweet melody of Someone Else’s Dream gives way to the driving rhythms of You Against The World. In The Deep End conjures images of loss and grief, whilst Immortal revels in nostalgic joy. Album closer Goldst*R finds the band firing on all musical cylinders with a narrative ghost story that invokes the spirits of M.R James and Lovecraft.
The album showcases the various musical influences of each member and includes – but not necessarily limited to – prog, glam, electronica, northern soul, metal, big band, jazz and musical theatre!
For obvious reasons, CATALYST*R’s debut album was recorded remotely and – as yet – the band still have not physically met. Work has already begun on a follow-up album, which will – hopefully – involve spending some time in the same room as each other.