FIRST LISTEN – Catlow releases new LP, Main of Nowhere on June 8

Vancouver’s 5-piece alt-rock band, Catlow is about to release their fourth studio album, Main of Nowhere on June 8, 2018, via File Under: Music.

When asked about the album, Natasha Thirsk shares,

“Main of Nowhere is a meandering through the hardships and joys of life. It was a tough couple years getting this record together for a lot of people involved including myself. It’s about being in the Main part of your life but still feeling like you’re standing still, Nowhere. There are healing songs, anthems for warriors, love-songs about tender moments and just fun bumpy life observations and beautiful moments seen through tear stained eyes and smiles.”

Today, we are giving listeners the chance to hear the album early in our First Listen. On top of that, you can find out more about this awesome Canadian band in our Five Questions With. Check it all out below!

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello, I’m Natasha Thirsk from Catlow. Catlow is a 1-6 piece band depending on players availability with anything from me doing solo acoustic shows just me and my guitar to me and my computer, backing tracks and guitar to our full 6 piece, guitars, bass, violin, synths and drums. Jay Slye and I have been playing for years. He is my partner in music. We run the project/band together. We are anything from haunting heartfelt sad songs, do electroclashy dance number to pop indie pop anthems to hook-filled alt-modern rock.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I write almost everything on acoustic guitar accept the piano, synth parts. But I also co-write with other dj’s and bands like Leisure Cruise on Last Gang records with my friend Dave Hodge from Bran Van 3000 and (Jimmy form Metric)on song to a German rapper to be released in Germany later this year. I also love to co-write with other people like I did on Scrapes from this record with producer friend LA-based, Pete Mills who’s done a lot of k Pop records lately. So the style really fluctuate and I don’t write using conventional guitar chords, I’ve been told, so the hooks are there, just in a weird, interesting way.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

We a string of dates from Washington State to San Diego June 21- July 4th…..and landing in Vancouver to play a show with DOA in Vancouver July 6th at the Rickshaw, theatre. WE pretty raucous live because it’s a 5 or 6 piece right now. But very energetic, and then also with the haunting, symphonic songs like Forget the Rest and Stormsad are quite beautiful.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Scrapes“. It’s a really well produced catchy, synthy fun summer song but about life experiences about love and what it leaves you with sometimes, Scrapes on your heart.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

I have some friends in ACTORS and they’re killing it right now. I also have always loved Sloan and July Talk are pretty rad. Alvvays and David Beckingham from Hey Ocean (he does a duet with me on the record but is also a kick-ass songwriter, singer in his own right). Also dig local favs and friends STORC from Vancouver.

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