Catalysis is metal band formed in Dundee, Scotland. Their debut album Connection Lost is out now.

How would you describe your music?

We are a heavy metal band who focus on big grooves, hooky leads and filthy riffage. 

Tell us about the history of the project?

We formed in 2016, went through a few line-up changes before settling as a four-piece. Then we decided to change it up again and recruited Kenny, our new bass player. 

What are your influences/ musical heroes?

For each of us, that changes. We all like a variety of bands, for example, but we probably meet up with the likes of Gojira or Sylosis; heavy as anything but with a bit of guile and substance. We got Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) to put down a guest solo on our song Drowning in my Head on our album out this year. He’s a mad good guitarist and as nice a guy as you could meet. So in terms of musical heroes, he’s got to be up there. 

What inspires you?

I think we try to inspire each other, we’re all pretty driven and that tends to make sure we’re all getting motivated to get going. Our vocalist, Col, writes his lyrics about the sort of stuff that annoys all of us; destruction of the environment, horrible historical atrocities and such. I guess that’s pretty inspiring. I mean, we all do our bit, and in turn that none of us are just there to do it half-arsed means we generally motivate each other. It’s pretty sweet to be honest. 

Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?

Erm, neither! Haha. We typically write remotely, as the time we spend together is to get what we have already written tight enough to take on tour or to the studio to record. Usually, Drew or Sean (both guitar) will come up with the basis of a song and then send it off to the other, who then does their thing. Then it goes to Calum (drums), he’ll have a good listen and he’s a pretty unusual drummer in metal because he’s not like full of just blastbeats or trying to play as quick as possible, he’s a very tasteful drummer. He’ll then do that, there will be a bit of to and fro and then Col does his thing, writes some angry words about whatever is annoying him and then we rehearse it. Haha, I make it sound so straightforward. It’s never like that really!

The lyrics for the title track on our album, Connection Lost, was written while on tour, actually. Col and Sean had a really long chat in Prague about various different things, about social media and how it was changing the way people see themselves and interact with the world they live in. I suppose that counts. 

What is your favourite song to perform live?

There are a few! Transcend has been our set closer for basically forever. It’s got a great groove and plenty of big meaty riffs in it. That was on our first EP too, so it’s a reminder to us how far we have come. Folk who come and see us know it, and the words are pretty easy. Always goes down well. 

What would be your dream tour to be a part of?

Probably a newer band who are making a name for themselves, someone like Jinjer or Dyscarnate? Maybe Bury Tomorrow? Aye, let’s go with that. Four band bill; Catalysis, Bury Tomorrow, Dyscarnate and Jinjer. Reckon we’d enjoy that. Play it at King Tuts in Glasgow too. Or the Cathouse. Great venues. 

What are your current thoughts on the music industry?

It’s taken it’s time to adapt to the digital world, but getting there. I suppose for an underground band like ourselves it has two main effects; one positive and one not so. In terms of the positives, it’s never been easier to get people around the world listening to our music. Be that through YouTube or Spotify or whatever. Same if they want to buy our stuff or speak to us or whatever. I mean, I think we have more pre-orders of our album from outside Scotland/the UK than inside. That’s pretty mad, when you think about it. The downsides are that the popularising of digital music, as it is owned by very rich and powerful companies, is that us wee guys at the bottom of the chain don’t really see much in terms of return. We’re not a band of mercenaries or anything, we genuinely play for the love of it, but being a musician is not cheap. 

What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?

Oh, undoubtedly the culture shock of heading out into mainland Europe. We met so many amazing people, sold out our merch in a couple of nights. We were so well received and welcomed into homes and fed and whatnot by people we had never met before. It was touching and really special. Calum was asked to sign a drumstick for this one lassie, haha, he didn’t know what to do with himself! ‘Er, write your name on it?’ It was funny. So good though, we can’t wait to go back.  

What are your future plans?

Well, bloody Covid has put a spanner in most of our plans for this year. We have an album out on July 24th, Connection Lost. It’s rammed full of all the stuff we love to do; you’ve got big heavy grooves, some brutal discordant riffage and then wee touches of melody here and there to break it up. We had hoped to get out and do a big launch gig and a couple of follow-ups to support the release, then towards the end of the summer head back out in to Europe again. Unlikely that will be happening now until later in the year or even next. We’ve managed to get one of our favourite videographers to do a music video with us, which we’re super excited about. That’s something I suppose. 

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