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Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! Great thanks, we’re all very happy and excited right now.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Petrifaction”?

“Petrifaction” was the first song we wrote for the album. It was written before we even knew we’d be doing one, and it all started from there. We instantly knew where we wanted to take our sound when we wrote this song, and then we really honed in with the rest of the album.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

“Petrifaction” is a song about suffering with mental health. It’s an attempt of reaching out to Karma to ask what we did to deserve suffering with these kinds of things. It’s not about any event in particular, but about feeling trapped in your own negative cycle and the envy of others who are seemingly happy and content. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was a really cool video to shoot actually. We shot the video at two different speeds. The video flicks between real time, and a cryptic stop-motion-like shot. We had to play along to the song at 75% speed to get this, which was extremely strange as the song is already quite slow. Adam Webb did a great job with it!

The single comes off your new albumKarma Owes Me A Lifetime of Happiness– what’s the story behind the title?

It’s a concept album about Karma, and its existence/absence. I’ve always struggled to believe in Karma, as for the most part we only tend to see bad things happening to people we love the most. It’s a nice thought, to think that we all get what we deserve, and that we get back what we put in. But, I think for most people it’s a way of coping with the thought of what comes after we die. It’s not something I believe in. We aren’t saying it doesn’t exist, but I think it owes me and my friends something if indeed it does.

How was the recording and writing process?

We wrote KOMALOH over the course of a year. Me and Miles got together near enough every night and simply put any ideas we had onto a blank Logic project. Some days nothing would come out, some days full songs came out. We didn’t rush anything, and we didn’t force anything. We experimented, and didn’t set ourselves any limits. We recorded the album back in March with Bob Cooper in Leeds over the course of 2 weeks. We pretty much had all the songs finalised before heading into the studio, and that definitely made things easier.

What role does Nottingham play in your music?

I wouldn’t say it plays a part in our music, as I think we would’ve written the same songs wherever we came from. We definitely owe Nottingham something for its support and culture around music and arts, though. Shows are always great there, and we have a lot of friends here.  

How Balance & Composure and Citizen has influence your writing?

We’ve always been huge fans of both of these bands. The album definitely pays homage to these kinds of bands; it’s a lot grittier, heavier, and grungier than anything we’ve done before.  As I said we didn’t really set any limits with this release, so there are all kinds of styles of music blended together. 

What aspect of karma and happiness did you get to explore on this record?

Well, to be honest, it’s a pretty bleak and dark record, lyrically. It’s kind of depressing to read them, but that’s what I wanted. I wanted the lyrics to stand up on their own as pieces of art that you could read and relate to. It’s generally about a complete negation of happiness, and looking to something you don’t believe in, to help in times of desperation. 

Any plans to hit the road?

We have some things locked in for the end of the year that will be announced shortly. Other than that, January is probably gonna be a great month…

What else is happening next in Catch Fire’s world?

Well, in typical Catch Fire fashion, we’re writing new music already. We’re experimenting with alternative versions of some songs off of this album, too. 

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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