After playing his heart out all over WA and supporting the likes of Ash Grunwald, Tijuana Cartel, Seth Sentry, Mat McHugh and OKA, Perth’s Ben Catley is back with his first release in over 12 months, a most fitting AA side ‘Strong Hands/Open Skies‘.
Recorded with Matt Gio (Birds of Tokyo, San Cisco, Illy) as a Jekyll and Hyde pairing of sorts, first single Strong Hands captures the frenetic guitar work and roots stomp that are always one of the highlight’s of Ben’s intense live shows. Originating as a challenge Ben gave himself of writing purely during shows, the piece naturally evolved across each sweat covered stage.
Strong Hands is a mostly instrumental journey that hammers hard for two super energised minutes before ending sharply to the surprise of Ben screaming vocals into his acoustic guitar; a part of his performance he has become renowned for. “This is without a doubt my favourite song to play live. It’s so much fun and I often end up extending it into a big six minute jam when people start jumping around to it.”
Strong Hands/Open Skies will be launched beachside at El Grotto in Scarborough on Friday August 25th before Ben is straight off to the UK to play the Lindisfarne Festival (feat. The Fratellis, The View) and other dates around Europe, though will return for his busiest Oz Spring and Summer yet.
Strong Hands/Open Skies is out August 23 via all good digital retailers
Friday August 25
El Grotto, Scarborough ($5 before 8pm, $10 after)
w/ support from Luke Fox & Friends, Michael Dunstan