With the release of their latest single today, I thought it would be a good oppertunity to catch up with the guys.
For those who haven’t heard of Catalina Skies, how would you describe yourself?
High energy, indie-pop rock quartet, driving forward with catchy riffs, punchy vocals and beats that you can dance and rock to!
Who is in the band and how did you all meet?
It all started when Craig met Chris… This is starting to sound like the start of a romantic comedy…
It started when Craig and Chris met at their work drinks and immediately launched into debating the greatest lyrics ever written, to which one of them outrageously claimed ‘Ice Cream’ by Australian band, Muscles. In spite of this drunken dispute they uncovered a joint love for music’s incredible narrative power and decided to set up a jam.
Through mutual friends Sean came onto the scene with a need to scratch the itch to get back to the music scene and back on the kit, bringing in the passion for a solid beat. Though having struggled for some time to find a bassist to complete the band they finally found Liam who’s musical ear and skills add a wealth to the band.
Where does the name Catalina Skies come from?
First day ever in a recording studio, there were various news reports warning Earth of a potentially catastrophic asteroid collision. Thankfully, the scientists’ estimated trajectory was way off so everyone survived and we finished the mix. The organisation who were tracking this asteroid are called the Catalina Sky Survey.
You released today your latest single Fear King Kong, is this a hint at more new music on the way?
Absolutely. Around summertime, we’re looking to release a catchy, pop-rock tune that sticks in your head for days and likely to make Ed Sheeran weep 😊 Generally, new song ideas are cropping up with every rehearsal so who knows… maybe a full-blown EP before the year’s out.
Who produced this music?
Paul Visser of The Recording Studio and Black Orchid Empire fame. Very knowledgeable gent who shared invaluable guidance when fine-tuning Fear King Kong’s structure and overall dynamic. Would highly recommend!
What does this music mean to you, and where did the inspiration for the lyrics come from?
Fear King Kong is up to the listener’s interpretation but for us its metaphors tell a story of eventually finding hope through despair.
You have to love what you write (especially if you play them over and over again). They usually stem from life experiences… mostly good, some bad.
Is there any plans for any music videos to come?
Concepts are being storyboarded and production studios briefed so yes… stay tuned on all CATALINA SKIES channels.
What about gigs and festivals this year?
New shows are constantly being confirmed which you can always find on our socials. Summer festivals will hopefully be confirmed soon too and when they are, we’ll make it known.
Where can we find out more about you?
Best way to know us is by attending one of our shows. We’ll join you offstage for a Jamesons once Rocco’s landed his stage-dive.
Lots of gigs coming up around London and sometimes further afield… all to be found on Facebook, Instagram and now our sparking new website, catalinaskies.com
Anything you would like to tell us?
The London music scene can be a tough one but it’s amazing to be able to play and share the stage with many other great artists who all support of each other’s journey.
We’ve got our next show on 1st April in The George Tavern, Shoreditch, so if you wanna see some infectious indie-pop full of high energy melodies, pop down!
Hey, you may even be able to hear some new music…
I’d like to thank the band for taking the time to answer my questions and wish them the best of luck with the latest releases.