This six-piece, all-American, Americana, rock ‘n’ roll, rock band based here in the capital city puts out a sound that spans across a sonic landscape far more far reaching than one might expect from the local scene. Led by singer, songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Josh Catalano, who is joined by Rory Davis (keyboards), Matt Natale (bass), Patrick Bruce Miller (drums), Jay Larson (guitar) and Schy Willmore (fiddle), the group presents a tight and polished selection of original songs with just enough spontaneity to let the music breathe comfortably. A prolific, profound and purposeful composer, Catalano has amassed an incredible catalog of material from the bands he’s led through the years, including Mugshot, Damwell Betters, the Dirty Thoughts, Lazer Dudes and Western Empire, plus his solo work. His latest configuration of songs, represented by WM, “paint a vivid picture of love, heartbreak, escapism and a longing for the open road,” as demonstrated in, “One That Got Away,” the first single (now available on popular digital outlets) from their first album currently under production at Waterfront Studios.
Tom Irwin, Illinois Times