Rob Pursey and Amelia Fletcher are two stellar names in their field, with a glittering catalogue and more indie pop gems than you could shake a reasonably sized stick at. Best known for making fuzzy, sixties girl-group inspired indie-pop in their previous bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap.
The pair unite as The Catenary Wires, a project that is fuelled by male-female duets that recall everyone from Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood to Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan.
“A well-balanced 26 minutes of sweetness and light, heartbreak and gloom, delivered with a light touch and the duo’s reliably adept melodic skills fully intact” – All Music
The Catenary Wires specialise in emotive indie duets. When performing live, they become a five-piece, with musical heavyweights Andy Lewis (Paul Weller Group, Spearmint) on bass and cello; Fay Hallam (Makin’ Time, Prime Movers) on Hammond organ and backing vocals, and Ian Button (Death in Vegas) on drums. The new Catenary Wires LP, ‘Til the Morning’ is available on Tapete Records from June 14th.
Support is from The Perfect English Weather, featuring Wendy and Simon Pickles from The Popguns. Their second album “Don’t You Wanna Feel The Rain” was released in November 2018 on Matinée Recordings.
“When a wire is hung from two fixed points, the shape it makes is a catenary. Its beauty lies in its simplicity – so natural, so effortless. And when two people who, after starring in a quartet of legendary pop bands, have themselves become pop legends, decide to leave London’s indie scene to those with fewer candles on their cakes and set up home in a distant green corner of Kent… but who then, one winter’s day, pick up their daughter’s small guitar, just to see what happens… the sound they make is The Catenary Wires” – Matt Haynes, ex-head of Sarah Records