Catch Pritchard Talks New Release, Eskota
On October 21st, Sawyer Gebauer aka Catch Pritchard is set to release Eskota, a new EP recorded in rural Texas. Catch has the voice of someone like Hozier, with the lyrical familiarity of Robert Ellis. From his recent globetrotting and a various musical escapades, this latest project hits on the human search for comfort and the irreplaceable qualities that we find within our homes.
Get to know Catch Pritchard and don’t forget to put the 21st on your calendars. Also, if you really dig the vibes, you can also see his live performance at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City on October 26th.
T&D: So, you made quite the move at 19. How did you decide on going to Sweden?
CP: I don´t really have an answer to that. It was a just feeling deep inside my brain and at the bottom of my gut. Call it intuition. Call it manifestation; a spirit or some sort of higher power – I don´t know. I just knew that it was something that couldn´t be ignored. I didn’t know the culture, the geography, or even how people used their tongues. I landed on September 1st, 2010 and things happened quite rapidly after that. I got a band together (Brittsommar) out there on the country side, signed to a label (Lucky Duck) that no longer exists, recorded The Machine Stops after relocating to Berlin, toured, loved, lost, grew and gained what feels like 15 quick years of life in that 5 year period. So I suppose whatever that feeling was steered me in the right direction. And those unmistakable feelings are something no one can ignore. Like why you fell in love with this person and not that one, or why this piece of music you have never heard before makes you cry, or why your favorite color is turquoise, or why you hate the word “moist”, or why the feel of velcro turns you on, or why the smell of a cement garage reminds you of your childhood. Some things are better left unquestioned and best to leave it at that.
T&D: What was it like traveling & making music all over Europe in your early 20’s?
CP: It wasn’t so much of making music that was an educational experience, but the lesson of humans. You have to learn quickly. How to become an observer and read people within social interactions – faces, hand movements, etc. Because 90% of the time they’re not speaking your language, ya know what I mean? You learn about the trains, and street signs. How to drive besides accelerate and brake. How to act and how to not. Stereotypes are usually true about Europeans and every culture has a different sense of humor- especially how to tell someone to “fuck off”. You learn how love is different to others, how thinking is different to others, how to sit and stand, how being respectful is key to being a man and where not to walk at night. You learn these things in a very idiosyncratic way while playing music with people from all over the world. An unspoken learning and understanding that few have the pleasure of feeling or witnessing. Your intuition strengthens much quicker than being a desk in a classroom, for example. It has to for survival.
T&D: I love Catch Pritchard as a name. How did you come up with that?
CP: I like it because it means nothing. It came to me one day and thought it sounded nice. I knew right then it was something. Is it someone’s name- perhaps myself? A group of people? A phrase? A thing? A place? Is it a verb or adjective? An act? Do you need someone to capture this man named Prichard? (Spelled without a “T” btw). Like my music, I want people to have their own idea and interpretation and story. I´ll draw the outlines and you fill in the picture with pretty colors.
T&D: Eskota is great. I’m from Texas and have no idea where that town is. Can you describe the recording process a bit and how you landed on working in Texas?
CP: Its in Sweetwater country two hours west of Dallas. There wasn’t much of a “process”. The place we were recording/dwelling was overrun by wasps so it took a day or so of bug bombing the place till we were able to begin. We would hang around most of the day drinking warm beer, shooting guns at nothing, and smoking weed out of an apple. It was too hot during the day so the night was when we would begin recording. You can hear the Texas night in the track “Howl”. It was a lot of taking in the space and then pressing record to see what happened. We were limited to the equipment we could bring so we had mics but no stands. Had to wrap and tape the mics to a lamp to pick up the guitar and vocals. That was some what of the idea to go into nothing with little of anything and see what happens. Like survivor mode out into the wild.
T&D: You mentioned that you were inspired by Springsteen and Townes Van Zandt. Can you speak to any other sources of inspiration?
CP: Its always changing through different mediums, and these few men you mentioned happened to be influential in that certain point in time. But Townes and Springsteen will always be playing close to my heart. Right now whats on rotation is Mulatu Astatke, Nils Frahm, Randy Newman, Charles Mingus, Grant Lee Buffalo, NAS, and nerding out hard on Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds´ new album Skeleton Tree- definitely gonna see what I can absorb from Warren Ellis´ synth aesthetic. Patti Smith´s M Train is amazing and the film adaptation of the classic play Glengarry Glen Ross has been on marathon mode. So yeah, we´ll see how these play out in the upcoming recordings.
T&D: Any big plans in the coming weeks? Months?
CP: Gonna keep rollin’. I’m recording a Daytrotter session in Davenport, Iowa and playing a gig through them with CW Stoneking, which I´m pumped about. That was something I had dreamt about in high school (performing at Daytrotter). Now my portrait will be cheek to cheek on the wall of my favorites.
I have a mini major city release tour starting at Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan Oct. 26th, then to LA at Harvard & Stone Nov. 2. Ill play around the bay and hopefully keep rambling around the states playing wherever they’ll have me, if they’ll have me. Will be recording too, of course. Things are looking up for whatever enigma Catch Prichard will take on. CP is so new and evolving still… excited to see where it goes and what it will become.