Catchlove

Band: Catchlove
Website: Myspace

When I think of Jace and his band Catchlove, one of the first things I think about in relation is Kelly Clarkson.

Let me give you a moment to let that sink in.

Yes, I wrote “Kelly Clarkson”. I know it sounds particularly odd, especially as my initial thoughts about a male Wrocker who bears no resemblance whatsoever to the female pop artist. My reason for this is because every time I have seen Jace perform as Catchlove, he has included his filk of ‘Since U Been Gone’ in the set. To be honest, it’s actually a little on the epic side. I remember the first time I saw it happen, I was a bit confused, to say the least. Honestly, I had never heard the original song prior to the performance, but I could tell it wasn’t his usual personal style. As per usual (as I discovered later), he got Alex Carpenter to join him on stage and sing with him. This first ‘Since U Been Gone’ experience was at a small, single day Wrock event in Anaheim, California.

I didn’t think much of it until, a year later, it happened again during Jace’s set at Wrockstock ’08. I was particularly baffled because almost everyone in the audience seemed to know the lyrics already (but the sort of imperfect knowledge of the lyrics, like they knew the original but not the filk). Everyone was singing along and I was just dancing along because it was still unexplored territory for me, strictly speaking. After all of it, though, I have developed a true fondness for the song, filk and original alike. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that each time I’ve been around to see Jace and Alex perform it have been at some seriously exciting events (my first Wrock fest, Wrockstock).

Besides, Jace clearly has fun in his performances. But not just that, he honestly loves his music and it’s apparent in what he produces. And I’ll tell you this about Jace – nothing can keep him from his music. Officially, Jace was on hiatus from being Catchlove and making music for approximately a year due to time constraints with his job and personal life. Despite that, he still released a couple songs and kept everything up to date with Catchlove. He broke his hiatus officially by performing at Wrockstock ’09, but it felt more like he was coming back out of the back room he had been keeping himself in for recent months. As if we were all just out there waiting, listening in as he was working on some new music, but not technically being able to say he was there with us. So it was a bit of a homecoming and a “well, it’s about time you stopped saying you were on hiatus! I mean, I heard you making music back there. *wink*

I know this write-up is a bit of a ramble-fest, but sometimes that’s the only way to talk about a band. Jace has been in Wizard Rock for long enough to have produced an extensive discography (don’t believe me? Look him up in the iTunes Store. Seriously!) and he has done amazing things for raising awareness and money to fight the genocide in Darfur. He is just another example of one of the amazing men that are involved in Wizard Rock to a major extent. He’s awesome, his music kicks some serious butt, and he loves Wizard Rock clearly too much to be kept away from it for very long – so what are you waiting for? Go listen to some Catchlove and make your day just that much more awesome.

22 November 2009. Tags: . Band of the Day. 2 comments.