We recently introduced you to The Catching, a pop-rock band who will certainly demand your attention with their awesome style of music.
Having released their debut EP Teen Fiction: Part 1 earlier this year, as well as touring across the States, the band have been making great waves in the industry, garnering incredible fan support along the way.
We caught up with Holden Glazer, the band’s lead singer, to talk about what makes The Catching unique, their debut EP, touring and what 2017 has in store for the band.
First off, thank you for chatting to us today! How would you describe your sound to anyone who hasn’t heard of The Catching yet?
Of course! Thank you as well. I would describe our band to a new engager using three words: Real Pop Rock.
You met when you were just 10 years old. How did the idea of forming a band come about?
Initially, the formation of band came after we had played in local after school music programs together and became good friends at a young age. Once we reached high school, we decided to take it to the next level and form our own band and play our own shows. Jake, Drew, and I were in a band with a different guitarist and we gigged out and wrote for around a year before bringing Evan on board and calling ourselves The Catching. At that point we really finally felt gelled together and were writing fun original music and perfecting our live show. From there on it was a matter of developing and growing as a band before we caught the attention of important people.
There are a lot of similar bands in the industry – what makes you stand out from the rest?
To be completely honest, I do not think there are many bands similar to us in the industry right now. In broad terms perhaps that is correct, however, in the industry right now you either have a band like One Direction, a boy band, 5 Seconds of Summer, a pop punk/boy band, or you have an alt rock band like Twenty-one Pilots. I like to believe we meet in the middle and have our own sound. We have the image of a boy band, but we are more like a band of boys, if you know what I mean.
Pop rock is a broad way of describing how we sound because it makes a lot of sense, however, we have a mix of alt, pop, and rock that I don’t think other bands do out there. The Catching sound may draw influences from other bands, but it’s completely our own and not very very similar to anything out there. We were recently featured on MTV’s 9 boy bands that can fill the hiatus of One Direction, which was very cool, but if you take a listen to the other acts we sound very different from all of them.
You released your debut EP Teenage Fiction: Part 1 earlier this year. Which is your favourite track from the EP and why?
‘Wild Ones’ is easily my favorite track because of the big sound, yet simple structure. It’s really anthemic and brings the simple message of embracing who you are no matter what into the light in a positive way. It’s also a great crowd pleaser on all of our tours.
You recently released a music video for ‘Lighter’, one of the EP tracks. Can you tell us about that experience?
Absolutely! That video was a very cool experience and fun to shoot. We teamed up with the incredible director Marc Klarsfeld (Katy Perry, Twenty-one Pilots, Wiz Khalifa/Charlie Puth) to bring my lyrics to life about a very volatile relationship where the two can’t stand each other, but can’t live without one another. We shot in front of a completely white background in this awesome studio in LA, brought in a beautiful grand piano as well as an awesome actress to play the part of the girl in the song. She was amazing (her name is Brittany Williams by the way) and she was very fun to work with. Being in LA made us feel important and even a taste of that motivated us in a big way.
You write your own music – can you explain your songwriting process to us?
Yes. Most of our songs are written one of two ways; I bring an initial idea of a melody and chord structure to the band and we work on it and fully develop it into its final product, or we jam electrically and go off of what sticks. Those are the most common ways our songs come about, however, it’s not unorthodox for us to go outside of the box sometimes. We do have a great system though and it definitely has seemed to work well so far. Just you wait. The new material is going to be on a whole other level.
You’ve toured a lot throughout the year – what’s the best thing about being out on the road, and what do you miss most?
The best thing about being on the road is the shows and camaraderie. We have been fortunate enough to play to some wonderful crowds over our past 3 tours and have enjoyed every minute together on stage. It’s extremely inspiring. We also have grown as people together and really have gotten to know each other even past our prior close friendships. We help one another and resolve any issues quickly and have fun while doing so. In terms of what we miss, we miss our families, our friends, home cooked meals, but most of all the comfort of our own beds.
2016 has been a great year for you. What has been your highlight?
It really has been a great one. It’s hard to pick what is the main highlight, but I would say playing on the High School Nation tour was really really amazing as well as shooting the music videos back in February. Those two experiences are tied.
What can we expect from The Catching in 2017?
Big things, more shows, and awesome new music!! Those are guaranteed. A lot is happening right now behind closed doors.
Teenage Fiction: Part 1 is out now.