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NYC Post-Punk Phenomenon, Catcher Announce Co-Headlining US Tour with Been Stellar

Photo by: Grace Watts

Catcher is a Brooklyn-based post-punk band with a reputation for visceral and powerful live performances. Drawing comparisons to Iceage and Protomartyr, Catcher delivers music with a driving and inundating low-end, provided by childhood friends Cameron McRae and Wilson Chestney, on bass and drums respectively. Guitarists Jack Young and Christian Reech — each having been recruited earlier this year via a Craigslist ad and connection via the band's shared Tinder — interweave melodies and noise to create an environment that manages to be at once both bleak and moving, desolate but hopeful, violent but tender. Vocalist Austin Eichler commands listeners with a domineering and chaotic presence. From drawling croons to powerful screams, Austin’s narrative lyrics invoke a wide spectrum of emotion while creating a world of their own. Through endless hours of practice and work the band has crafted a gripping and tight live performance and a growing international fanbase.

While concocting Catcher’s general ethos, Austin explained their process as, more or less, taking each of their individual interests and combining them into a stew, flavored with bits of post-punk influence and dashes of noise and art rock. With this project, they retained a sense of dedication to switch things up as well, gaining ideas from listening to music that didn’t sound similar to anything they’d personally done before — this included anything from the noisy chaos of Puce Mary and T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo, to free jazz, dub, and even the likes of Johnny Cash “to draw back to [their] southern roots.” Thematically, their lyrical material comes as a result of influences from films (such as Wake In Fright and Until The End Of The World) and books (like The Power and The Glory by Graham Greene and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov), but also everyday life experiences.


With two well-received double-singles — “Yesterday’s Favorite” b/w “The Skin” and “Only Advice” b/w “Fallen Stones" — under their belts and a debut album in the works, NYC’s newest post-punk darlings, Catcher, have just unveiled their very first North American tour, a co-headliner with fellow NYC band Been Stellar.

Over roughly a month's time this summer, both bands (a sum of 10 people) will pack into a crowded van to traverse the United States, beginning with a stop in Boston, MA on July 20th, until they finally reach Philadelphia, PA for a final show on August 16th. In the meantime, they'll be hitting iconic venues such as Schuba's in Chicago, Hi-Dive in Denver, Club Dada in Dallas, Ottobar in Baltimore, and many others, with Zilched (from Detroit, MI) joining them for a number of dates across the Midwest. The two groups additionally got a taste of what a shared bill would look like on June 12th, when they hosted a well-attended tour-fundraising charity gig at Gold Sounds Bar in Brooklyn.

As captured in a live video from Catcher's debut gig at Gold Sounds in addition to footage taken at the band's tour-fundraiser gig on June 12th, there's no question that this group knows how to get a crowd moving and can do so with absolute ease. While embracing the spirit of DIY and the messiness that sometimes comes with organizing a homemade tour, Catcher are amped and ready to leave their mark on each state they travel to, and from there, who knows what's next?

Prior to the start of the tour, Catcher and Been Stellar will additionally be playing a send-off hometown gig at The Sultan Room on Sunday, July 18th.

Catcher also recently announced that they will be performing at Knitting Factory (Brooklyn, NY) with Turtlenecked and Programmique on Sunday, September 12th. Tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased here.


7/20: Boston, MA - The Jungle

7/22: Detroit, MI - Jumbo's (with Zilched) - TICKETS

7/23: Ann Arbor, MI - House Show (with Zilched)

7/24: Chicago, IL - Schuba's (with Zilched) - TICKETS

7/25: Denver, CO - Hi-Dive - TICKETS

7/28: Seattle, WA - TBA

7/30: Oakland, CA - TBA

7/31: Los Angeles, CA - Weber Rations

8/1: Long Beach, CA - Alex's Bar

8/3: San Diego, CA - Til Two Club

8/5: Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas

8/6: San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger - TICKETS

8/7: Dallas, TX - Club Dada - TICKETS

8/10: Nashville, TN - The Basement - TICKETS

8/11: Birmingham, AL - The Nick - TICKETS

8/12: Atlanta, GA - Smith's Olde Bar

8/15: Baltimore, MD - Ottobar - TICKETS

8/16: Philadelphia, PA - TBA

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