Music: This Is The Kit
Published 9 Jun 2012 09:30 0 Comments
IT'S hard work being in an up-and-coming band, but Reading melodic metallers We Caught The Castle are on the cusp of breaking through as their debut album, Time To Grow, is set to hit the shops in July. The female-fronted five-piece met at Guildford's Academy Of Contemporary Music and are now signed to Brighton indie label Angry Badger Records.
Bassist Robbie, 20, told The Guide: "The album is about the reality of growing up and hitting the real world, trying to make it in a band. To make it work in a band you have to work seriously hard, you have to put 100% of your time into it. We are all just working and touring so we can do this. We have been lucky where our jobs give us enough time to play gigs in the evening."
The band have so far released an EP, Lips, the title track of which is a blend of crunching guitars and easy-on-the-ear melodies, which has seen the band straddle genres including nu-metal, pop-core and pop-punk. While the band aren't likely to put out a death-metal single anytime soon, their influences range widely, although, as Robbie explained, they lean towards more tuneful alternative music.
"Our influences are from the bands we listened to as kids, Funeral For A Friend, Blink 182... we all like pretty melodic appealing music. We have played so many random gigs, with electro-pop bands and heavy metal bands, and there's a really consistent response from the audience. People have said our type of music is not normally their thing, but they really like us."
Robbie is the main lyric writer for the band, but he explained that having singer Hollie sing his words didn't feel strange to him, joking: "It's quite nice because I do not feel shy about anything I've written; if people don't like it, it falls on Hollie, so it's a bit of a win!"
The band will be playing a hometown gig at Face Bar on Tuesday, June 19, with Private Jet and These City Lights, to showcase album tunes to their fans, but have other projects in the works too. Robbie told us: "Just before we release the album we are going to be releasing a single, Soldiers, with a video, as a free download on July 9.
"It was amazing making the video, we booked the video shoot on this beach in Liverpool, when it was seriously wet, torrential downpours, and we were in T-shirts - we were full of sand and water!"
The band are also playing the Friday of Redfest, in Surrey, on July 20, on a bill with fellow Reading acts Borderline:Fire and Attention Thieves, as well as main stage acts Modestep, Kids In Glass Houses and Marlow boys Young Guns.
Robbie said: "Of course that's going to be huge for us. It's great to get on a festival bill finally; it's going to be amazing to share a bill with big bands like that. To play somewhere outside of Reading with those bands will be amazing."
This article appeared in Royal Borough Observer 09 Jun 12