Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.
It's always a good sign to meet a musician who is so excited about his band that he has trouble refraining from using exclamation marks when talking about them. And so we would like for you readers to meet Catch Fever, an up-and-coming local trio whose tuneful and uplifting songs are not dissimilar to UK post-post-punk groups like Glasvegas or The Joy Formidable. If you like what you hear at their show Friday night at Warehouse Live, you can take it home with you in the form of their brand-new album Shiny Eyes.
Catch Fever's spokesman is singer Taylor Huffman, a Houston native who recently re-started the trio with former bandmates Douglas Andreano and Josh Wilson upon returning from a couple of years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As a youngster carrying around a Casio keyboard, Huffman says his inspirations were the Karate Kid movies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; ten years later it was the girls.
"What a great decision that was!" he says, not sheepishly at all. "I mean, they didn't flock to me right away, but I knew they would eventually."
Home Base: Huffman says thus far Catch Fever's favorite venues to play have been Fitzgerald's and Warehouse Live. Otherwise they enjoy kicking back at Agora or Big Star Bar.
Good War Story: "Like most dudes, I've experienced a number of interesting nights playing in bands," Huffman says. "I'll just leave you with a few snippets and let you piece together the rest..."
- "Man...I think Doug is gonna die..."
- "This is bullshit! That's our gear onstage! They can't shut this show down and steal our gear!"
- "Yes! All-black strip club!"
Why Do You Stay In Houston? "Man, Houston has been great to us, both in terms of support and in terms of helping us to grow as musicians," says Huffman. "I like to think that Houston's vast diversity has played a major role in shaping Catch Fever's music."
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Music Scene Pet Peeve: "How can I answer this question?!" Huffman gasps. "I just gave Houston a thumbs-up on the previous question...I'm not going to give it a thumbs down on the next one. No pet peeves here."
Five Desert Island Discs:
"This is constantly changing, but here's my current five," the singer says:
- Alt J, An Awesome Wave
- Frightened Rabbit, Pedestrian Verse
- Radiohead, Hail to the Thief
- Colour Revolt, Plunder, Beg and Curse
- Schatzi, Fifty Reasons to Explode
Best Concert You Ever Saw: "Thursday [at] Mary Jane's, Spring 2002," he says. "That was THE most passionate performance I've ever seen, without a doubt!"
First Song You Fell In Love With: John Lennon, "Imagine" -- "This song just made me...feel," Huffman offers. "Do you know what I mean? All great songs stir up your emotions. This song continues to do that for me."
Catch Fever performs Friday at Warehouse Live's Studio with American Fangs, Featherface and BLSHS. Doors open at 7 p.m.; see here for tickets.
See the rest of the Rocks Off 200, and the Rocks Off 100's 2013 alumni, on the next page.
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Renée Jonard, Princess of Noise Pollution Junior Gordon, Big Man With a Big Sound Chad Smalley, Blaggards' Barse Player Damien Randle, K-OTIX Man of Action Kevin Anthony, 45 Southbound Man DJ Good Grief Knows How to Have Fun Robert Kuhn, the Well-Traveled Islander Gunnar Cushway, Insko's Feel-Good Utilityman Mario Rodriguez, Tax the Wolf/Bang Bangz's Wonky Power Monger John Smith, Goodtime Continental Club Manager Dwayne Cathey, A Good Man to Scare People With Walter Carlos, Guitar-Punisher of Funeral Horse Ryan James, Putting Up a Good Fight John Cramer, Guitar Apostle of Project Grimm Big Gerb, Houston's Hongree-est MC Steven Higginbotham, Hard-Working Wheel Worker Alisha Pattillo & Her Swaggering, Soulful Sax Brandon Ray, Punk Rocker Turned Filmmaker/Animator The Excitable Boys of Another Run Flash Gordon Parks, DJ as Funky Professor DJ Main Event, Kratez Crew JumpOff Man Odd Hours and Back to Back's Hank Doyle Legendary K-OTIX Producer Russel "The ARE" Gonzalez Dylan Bryson Sings the Blues (Rock) DJ Damon Allen, R.O.C.O. Fellow Tom Lynch, New Kid On the Block Ashley Worhol, Goth-Metal Queen of Katy Joe Ortiz, Clockpole's Master of Nonsense Marzi Montazeri, the Man Dimebag Darrell Called a Bad Motherfucker John Salinas, the Beat Beast of Only Beast Homegrown Cowboy Crooner Charles Peters Adam Bricks, NYC Expat Metal Journeyman and Blasé Bassist Alan Hilton Kyra Noons, Houston's Reggae Sunsplash DJ AudiTory, the Maestro of LuvItMane The Nephilim Terror's Death-Metal Growler Danny Carroll Tommy Grindle, Guitarist of Square and Compass The Bailout Bureau's Mysterious "Bob Bovary" DJ Twinkle-Toes, Won a "Dick-Measuring Vinyl Orgy" With Two iPods Beanz N Kornbread, Gmail-Loving Production Duo You(genious), Party Crasher Turned Musical Auteur Daniel Alexander, Klein's Backyard MC
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