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In Their brief four-year reign as superstars, Mike Mitschele was a master at coaxing all manner of unforeseen sonics from his instrument, often with innovative amplification experiments that produced astral-quality low end and roaring distortion, Jon Phillips could and would play behind his back and with his teeth and set his guitar down with an attitude, Adam Roth expanded the vocabulary of the electric bass guitar more than anyone before or since, and John Cate's frequent hurricane blasts of noise and dazzling showmanship has sometimes obscured his considerable gifts as a drummer, percussionist, and master of sleigh bells, tambourines, and roto-toms. The Catch Fire seemed as if they had dropped out of a Martian spaceship, but in fact they served their apprenticeship the long, mundane way in numerous R&B acts on the chitlin circuit. During the early and mid-'90s, they all worked with such R&B/soul greats as Fat Bertha's Burlesque, the Smidget Brothers, and Count Funkula as a backup band. Occasionally they recorded as a session band. But the stars didn't appreciate their show-stealing showmanship, and the band was straight-jacketed by sideman roles that didn't allow them to develop as a group. The logical step was for The Catch Fire to go out on their own, which they did in NC in early 2009, playing with various musicians in local clubs and taking their sound to a higher level. Catch them on the road this spring and summer and look out for their debut CD in the near future!

The Catch Fire The Catch Fire, Charlotte, United States

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