Hello!! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. We’ve been great, we’ve been getting ready for some exciting thing around the corner including a tour and EP release.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Ready Set Go“?
Of course. “Ready Set Go” was a song I (Holden) had written last summer with our producer Skidd Mills in Nashville, TN during the preproduction phase of the EP. The chorus was taken from a song I had written a year and a half prior and was refitted with a new verse and bridge. It was a really interesting writing experience and even more interesting in the studio recording it with tons of cool drums and samples.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not one event, but a culmination of events throughout my childhood that made me feel excluded or unable to be my true self. Being bullied as a kid definitely made me turn to music as a place to feel safe and comfortable in my own skin and “Ready Set Go” was a song I was able to release these emotions through.
How was the filming experience?
The music video filming experience was incredible. Being in LA was like a dream; the whole scene and atmosphere made us feel famous yet carefree. It was an honor to work with Marc Klasfeld and his amazing team. His ideas really brought the songs to life, visually. It was clear why so many famous artists have worked with him in the past.
The single comes off your new EP Teenage Fiction Part 1 – what’s the story behind the title?
Teenage Fiction was a concept I had come up with originally intended for a full-length Catching album. I had dropped Jake home from a practice one day and on the drive back to my house the name had just popped into my head. It seemed perfect. I thought of all of my lyrical content and how everything I had written and was writing was coming from a young teenage perspective. I thought about how every teenager, including the band and I, thinks they know everything, but we all have SOO much more to experience in life before we can really form good opinions. Each song is a different ode to experiences I had growing up as a child.
Will Part 2 follow the same theme?
Part 2 definitely has similar lyrical content and pertains to the same message as TF1. Basically the two parts come together to form 1 big drawn out story spread out into fragments. Part 2 has a lot to do with growing up and romantic experiences.
Is this a concept album by any means?
Yes and no. It’s a bunch of stories pertaining to my childhood in a way, but it also is general in that it can relate to anyone. As much as it has the word fiction in the title, it’s very factual.
How was the recording and writing process?
So much fun!! We really got to experiment in the studio with our producer and delve into new areas musically. That was great. The writing process was really cool, especially with Skidd. We clicked so well. We still continue to click, writing for part 2.
What was it like to work with Skidd Mills and how did that relationship develop?
It was amazing. We originally just skyped and threw around ideas at the start, but once we got into the rehearsal and studio spaces we became very tight. He and I would instantly connect on ideas for songs or production aspects in the studio. I call him a couple of times a week now and we work on new songs for part 2. I must say, it’s going to be insane.
How much did he get to influence the album?
He influenced our sound in a huge way. Many of the really cool instrumental things like violin or sample-y stuff came from him. We would just sit in the studio and hit as many drums or strings possible to pick from a library of sounds when editing the songs. He also opened up Evan and Jake to new tunings and styles of playing, which has rubbed off on their newer riff ideas.
How would this album showcase a matured side of the band?
I’d say the songs themselves show how much we’ve matured, especially if you have heard our older stuff. The lyrics have a lot of depth because I spent A LOT of time on them and the band and I really dug deep into our roots, but also new areas of music we had yet to explore. We feel like this EP defines our sound and its only going to develop more and more from here on out.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Everyday experiences or occurrences. It could’ve been something as simple as a text message vs. an actual thing I felt or experienced. As a teenager there are many different emotions surrounding you and everything you do.
Any plans to hit the road?
YES! We are leaving for the High School Nation tour this Saturday and could not be more excited. We have other tours happening too, but we have to wait a bit to announce those officially.
What else is happening next in The Catching’s world?
New music is on the way, I can assure you that. Expect Part 2 to be out in early 2017. Other than that, we are going to keep doing our thing writing, playing, and getting our name out there as much as possible.