Catherine Kelleher AKA Catcall is our latest girl crush. The Sydney based electro-pop songstress let loose her debut record The Warmest Place just over a week ago – primetime to talk inspirations, dream collaborations and stalking confessions.
Where are you and what are you wearing?
[Laughs] I’m in my apartment in Surry Hills and I’m just wearing a pair of tights and a pink t-shirt [laughs]. After being in my clothes all day I’m just kind of chilling out and winding down, so nothing too sexy unfortunately [laughs].
Congratulations on the release of The Warmest Place! Relieved?
Really relieved and really vulnerable. It’s just been such a massive build up and so much time and work has gone into getting everything right. When it’s your first album, I guess you want to make sure everything is as it should be.
What were you doing before Catcall?
When I was 17, I was playing in a punk band called Kiosk. After I graduated Uni, Kiosk had kind of died out and that’s when I started Catcall. At the time, I started working in the film industry, assisting a producer and his distribution company. But, I felt myself straying away from that and just wanting to focus on my music a bit more. I wanted to have a job that was quite flexible so that I could completely focus on my music. That was about five years ago.
Five years on and you’re performing to packed venues.
Yeah, wow. There have been a lot of rehearsals because we haven’t really toured the band. The last few months have been busy trying to recreate all the songs live as all the tracks were written and produced electronically in a studio. The adaptation into a live band performance has been really challenging but at the same time really amazing and exciting. So we are really looking forward to be touring the live representation of the album.
Who are your biggest influences?
Well, it varies quite a bit. The reason for me getting into music, were punk bands like Sonic Youth and Bikini Kill. Then when I started Catcall I was really influenced by the first M.I.A record. I then kind of went into the whole classic pop, rock and 80’s music. I feel that this record is directly influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Blondie and The Go-Go’s, and lyrically by Patty Smith. I love so many different things and I like to try and draw from all of them.
What’s on the cards for the rest of 2012?
Lots of touring, hopefully. All I want to do is to play a lot. It’s something I haven’t done much of so far. Now that I have the live band and the show, I really just want to get out there and play. I would like to keep writing and start thinking about some collaborations as well. Who are you hoping to collaborate with? Well, I’m going to hopefully do a collaboration with Lancelot. He just did a really amazing remix of ‘The World Is Ours,’ so I’m really excited about working with him. I’d really like to collaborate again with Gloves who I did ‘Swimming Pool’ with. I also have this mega fantasy to collaborate with Johnny Jewel from Chromatics, Glass Candy and Desire. I’m not sure how I’m going to get that to happen, but that is my dream collaboration pretty much. I might have to fly over to Portland and stalk him out [laughs].
Catcall is on the road, right this second:
Thursday, May 17 @ Alhambra, Brisbane – buy tickets here.
Friday, May 18 @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – buy tickets here.
Saturday, May 19 @ Northern Star, Newcastle – buy tickets here.
Saturday, May 26 @ Amplifier, Perth – buy tickets here.
Ahead of the gig, get your mitts on Catcall’s The Warmest Place here. It’s clever, emotionally charged pop that will live in your ears for days on end.
We leave you with the music video for ‘The World Is Ours’: