Nottingham quartet Catch Fire formed only in 2015, but have been making waves already. They have released 2 EP’s via Rude Records, their 2016 debut The Distance I Am from You and their 2017 follow-up, A Love That I Still Miss — the latter eveen garnering them coverage on BBC Radio 1 airplay with Daniel P. Carter.

Following performances with the likes of fellow UK pop punk groups Boston Manor, Trash Boat, Milestones, and The Gospel Youth, the band hit the studio with Bob Cooper back in March to work on new music. Seth Henderson ultimately joined in with the band to mix the record, and Grant Berry did the mastering. Berry was “The only guy that it made sense to go with,” the band explains. “He’s the guy you go to if you need something mastering, simple as that. We couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with on this entire release.”

The end result is the new, debut record from Catch Fire Karma Owes Me a Lifetime of Happiness, which is set to be released on November 16th through Rude Records. Expanding on the album, the band explain that it is “A concept album, dealing with a personification of the notion of Karma, or more importantly, its absence. I have always struggled to believe in this idea that ‘what goes around comes around,’ because for the most part all I see are bad things happening to good people. It’s a nice idea on paper, and I think that more than anything, it’s a way for people to deal with what comes next after we’re gone. But I’ll believe it when I see it.”

We are excited to be partnering with Catch Fire to be premiering the latest single off of Karma called “Fault Line.” It’s the latest example of how Catch Fire manages to be influenced by their UK pop-punk peers, while making things interesting in their own way. “Fault Line” features fiery, intense vocals with aggressive yet catchy instrumentals; put together to create an undeniably anthemic single that will make it’s way into your head.

“‘Fault Line’ was the second track that we wrote for [Karma]. It’s one of our favourites off of the record, mainly because the instrumentation is really interesting. It marks a point on the album where the pace picks up slightly, and introduces a new vibe after ‘Petrifaction‘ and ‘Malignance.’ It has a samba feel to it and lots of groove; sonically it is lighter, but the lyrical content remains relatively dark throughout. It’s also the first ‘proper’ introduction to Jordan’s (bass) vocals. He has a ton of spots on the record, and it’s about time you heard some. We’re all really excited to play it live already,” the band explains. “It’s titled ‘Fault Line,’ because the song is about feeling fragile and like at any moment you’re going to detonate. A Fault Line in the Earth is where an earthquake is likely to occur due to a fracture, so it’s a metaphor for that really. It also deals with depression, vulnerability and helplessness. ‘How do you escape when you don’t know what you’re running from?’ is a feeling I often endure. I’m often low without knowing why, or how to myself feel better, and that’s what this song is about.”

If you dig Catch Fire and “Fault Line,” you can still pre-order Karma Owes Me a Lifetime of Happiness before it’s release on November 16th. Below you will find the album artwork and track-listing.

Karma Owes Me a Lifetime of Happiness artwork:

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Karma Owes Me a Lifetime of Happiness track-listing:

  1. Petrifaction
  2. Malignance
  3. Fault Line
  4. Stabbing Pains
  5. How Heavily I Breathe
  6. Heist
  7. Bad Behaviour
  8. For Those Who Fear Death
  9. Hostage
  10. Agnostic
  11. Third Person