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Taken from “Was That Love? / What About The Rings?” 7″ by the Catenary Wires, out now in the WIAIWYA 7777777 singles club.
The Catenary Wires are Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey. They formed in 2014 and their debut mini-album “Red Red Skies” was released on 1 June 2015 on Elefant Records. It was released by Matinée Recordings in the US.
Amelia and Rob are best known for making fuzzy, sixties girl-group inspired indie-pop in their previous bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap.
With the Catenary Wires, they have created something different; gentler and more acoustic, emotive and melancholy, although still fuelled by their great love for pop melodies and harmonies.
The Catenary Wires started when the two left London and found themselves in the middle of the countryside, with no record stores or guitar shops, and no indie scene as such. Having initially abandoned the idea of having a band, they started writing their sad and delicate songs on their daughter’s small acoustic guitar, in the winter, just for themselves.
The duo were enticed to play in public for an event celebrating their old label, Sarah Records, at the Arnolfini Art Gallery in Bristol. They played a few Heavenly songs but also took the opportunity to try out the new material. From the positive reaction, they realised that two people on stage could be a proper band, if a small, fragile one. The band have since been far more active than they ever expected, and have played over 40 gigs across 3 continents.
The band’s name refers to the chain of curves made by the overhead cables seen suspended from pylons or above electric trains, cables that can seem to lead you off to somewhere different and unknown.