Nottingham Pop Punks Catch Fire recently released their sophomore EP ‘A Love That I Still Miss’ via Rude Records. Comprised of vocalist Miles Kent, guitarists Tim Bell and Neal Arkley, drummer Ash Wain and bassist Joseph Ryan Askew, they formed ashes of local heroes Layby and released debut EP The Distance I Am From You via Rude Records in early 2016. For ALTISM the guys spent 3 weeks in the studio with Myroslav Borys of Jigsaw Audio, having found a good chemistry with the producer when recording December’s cover of Alessia Cara’s Wild Things. If you’re a fan of emo-tinged pop punk, with intricate guitars and driving rhythm, evoking Trash Boat and Knuckle Puck, then you’ll certainly be wanting to listen in! Below the guys tell us more about their time recording…
1. How prepared were you when going into the studio?
All the songs were pretty much concrete before heading into the studio, so we were very excited to hear them come to life. We did about 2 or 3 days of pre-production just running through the songs with Myroslav, ironing out any creases and adding little finishing touches. We’d spent a long time writing for A Love That I Still Miss, and everything came together naturally, which was great because we didn’t have to force anything. Everything just fell into place, and we all ‘understood’ each other and what we were trying to do.
2. Where did you decide to go to lay down ‘A Love That I Still Miss’ and why was that the case?
We recorded with Myroslav Borys-Smith at Artifex studios in Derby, UK. Having worked with him on our ‘Wild Things’ cover, we knew he was the obvious choice for A Love That I Still Miss. He understands us as a band and knows what we’re about, so he’s great with suggestions and getting the right sound for us.
3. Tell us about the recording process…
We spent 3 weeks in the studio with him, getting done what we could on the weekends and then cramming in what we could in the evenings after work. Some days we were all there, some days there were only one or two of us. We had to trust each other to do the best job we all could when tracking because we couldn’t all be there, which we weren’t used to. Any recording we’ve done as a band before, we’ve all been there together.
4. Did anything unusual happen during the process?
Miles and Joe set off the fire alarm in the studio by vaping!
5. And finally… what were your thoughts on the outcome?
When Myroslav sent us the first mixes, we were actually in the van as we were on tour. We demanded that the driver ripped the aux cord out of whatever was plugged in, and we listened to the EP front to back in silence. I remember vividly, that we were all feeling relatively down from having a few shoddy nights of tour, but that went away instantly. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.