CATALAN release single ‘Cornelius’

CATALAN release single ‘Cornelius’ ahead of a UK tour

Northern Irish solo project, CATALAN, release lead single ‘Cornelius’ on Friday 27th October 2018. ‘Cornelius’ is the lead single on a forthcoming EP (expected for release in early 2019) and ahead of a UK tour.

It’s a worldly curiosity and a celebration of diversity that drives CATALAN! The danceable indie rock rants with thought provoking lyrics have become somewhat of a calling card for this protest rock project by Ewen Friers. Aiming to spark lively debate around everything from environmental catastrophe to social media deluge, Friers’ stream of consciousness and reference heavy lyrics are yapped over a backdrop of infectious rhythms, fizzy guitars and synthy bass grooves. Firmly nodding to a wide range of inspirations from world music, hip-hop and post-rock Ewen adds an engaging social commentary layer to this eclectic sound.

 

Following the release of the spoken word piece “Home”, a critique meets celebration of the North of Ireland, that ruffled some feathers locally, Cornelius is the latest track to be released as part of an ever-expanding set. This track tackles a vast array of subject matter whilst keeping the listener hooked with a driving rhythmical pulse. We also get a full sense of Ewen using his travels and years of touring with various bands to inspire his creative output. Given that he has just spent the last few months touring Asia with ASIWYFA and playing a host of Irish CATALAN! shows (including the acts very own self organised festival on the North Coast) we can be confident the inspiration is coming for the inevitable debut album!

 

On the release of the single and reflecting on CATALAN as a project, Ewen says, “Whilst Axis Of is in hibernation I wanted to create a more edgy, tense, project lyrically and musically something with more world influence and groove. A project driven by the lyrics and spirit but one that you could dance to! Influences for this are – Why? MIA, Les Savy Fav, Sleaford Mods, Big Country. Basically, I want to create a Sandinista era Clash but in 2018! Some sort of dance-y, post-punk stomp. CATALAN is essentially a solo project but I do have a band for the live shows and some tour dates confirmed for the beginning of November to coincide with the single launch.”

 

 

CATALAN will take to the road throughout the UK in conjunction with the single launch. Dates as follows:

01/11/18 – Glasgow – Bar Bloc

02/11/18 – North Berwick – Steampunk Coffee

04/11/18 – London – Old Blue Last

09/11/18 – Limerick – Pharmacia

10/11/18 – Derry – Sandinos

11/11/18 – Belfast – Limelight

 

 

CATALAN

Press Quotes

“a spiky, melodic punch – with shimmering guitars, a scuzzy bassline and some brilliant post-punk percussion” – Keep It Fast

 

“it’s a fuzzed-out and perfectly trouncing effort that will almost certainly become something of a live favourite for the project in the coming months.” – The Thin Air

 

 

‘Cornelius’ was recorded at Start Together Studio, Belfast by Ryan McGroarty and mastered by Sam Kumar Tandon, Rose Quartz Mastering, San Diego.

Live band is Ewen Friers, Ryan McGroarty, Cheylene Murphy and Allan Starrs

Cornelius is available to stream on Friday from iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud

Social Media

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/catalanmusic

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/catalancatalancatalan/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/EwenCatalan

Tour Dates

 

01/11/18 – Glasgow – Bar Bloc

02/11/18 – North Berwick – Steampunk Coffee

04/11/18 – London – Old Blue Last

09/11/18 – Limerick – Pharmacia

10/11/18 – Derry – Sandinos

11/11/18 – Belfast – Limelight

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