If I was to describe Cataya with a fairytale name it would be “Beauty and the Beast”. The collective serves a high-quality blend of beautifully sad melodies with harsh, in-your-face riffs. Their debut album “Sukzession” is a 45-minute long breath of fresh air on the post-rock/post-metal scene. We had a chat with the band about their origins, recording process and plans for the future.
Germany & Belgium Moment of Collapse Records
Frederic Straet – Bass
Mike Gretry – Guitar
Timo Putz – Keys
The young and six members strong collective with roots in Germany, Belgium and Spain are one of the most promising new bands in the instrumental post-rock/ambient and post-metal genres. To compare Cataya with other bands, think of Cult Of Luna, Godspeed and Toundra.
CATAYA IN PRESS
“Expect the unexpected. Nothing is predictable. They will throw curveball after curveball and they will play with your emotions. It’s incredible to see how they challenge themselves as musicians and how they want to challenge the listener.”
-Echoes and Dust
SHARED THE STAGE WITH
Toundra, The Prestige, Ssanathes, Malke, L’effondras, Ilydaen, Shipwrecks, Black Sun Act
Sukzession, November 2015
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Congratulations on your new album “Sukzession”! Anything you’d like to share about the making of this record?
The writing process took pretty much a year; it was very interesting to see how old ideas developed into new ones. Things like using blast beats opened up new territories for us. We recorded parts (or should we say fragments) of the songs with a Boss BR-800 in our rehearsal room, which allowed us to play them back again, and it gave us time to reflect and ultimately rearrange structures.
The recording was accomplished in a studio called “Die Tonmeisterei” located in Oldenburg, Germany. It took us three full days to record to record three songs (cumbre en niebla, ascended from the depth and tal sperre). As a matter of fact sombre sommeil was not taped in Oldenburg, but in our rehearsal room in the end of October 2014, marking it our first completed tune of “Sukzession”.
How did you guys come up with a band name?
After meeting one afternoon in January 2014 we came up with the name “Cataya”. We had a couple of names posterior to this brainstorming session, but none of those propositions convinced us, it was when Mike came up with the current name and everyone quickly agreed to accept this original name, since it sounded interesting…
What and who were your musical influences growing up? And how about today?
As you guys can read in our bio, we come from quite eclectic musical backgrounds, so it is difficult to cite all of them. Essentially, as far as today’s influences go, we are inspired by “ordinary” things, like emotions and everyday life stuff.
Besides we inspire us on a mutual basis, for example the blast beats of our drummer David have motivated us to write several parts, energizing us with the intensity of this drumming technique.
Ultimately we try to be a melting pot of emotions and musical approaches.
What does the future hold in store for you? Any upcoming tour plans?
Currently we are writing new material in between our concert dates. It has been a great couple of first shows and we are very much looking forward to more of this in the near future. 2016 is announcing itself quite good, since we are bringing out a vinyl… And maybe we will find some time to do a little touring in the summer, who knows?
Finally, anything else you’d like to share with us?
We are extraordinarily grateful for all the support we had the honor to receive thus far on our musical journey. At heart we started to play music to connect with people on an emotional level, no matter if being just one or hundred at a time. So thank you, whoever you are and thank you Arctic Drones for giving us the possibility to express ourselves in this little interview. Hope to see you around!