“More Than Myself”
Marshall Catch started out in a basement in Evergreen, Montana, a sort of red-neck ghetto where drunken knife-throwing contests usually end in fatalities, and residents would gladly make moonshine in their bathtubs if they didn't have a car engine taking up the space instead. In Evergreen, people made do with what they had. Nestled among trailer houses that had been stapled together to form trailer mansions, and a tied-dyed school-bus-turned-house with a wood-burning stove and a chimney sticking out of it, four musicians came together to create an insanely catchy, melodic, and powerful blend of rock and roll.
Regardless of the eclectic inspirations and backgrounds of Marshall Catch, in this world, it has always been about the music itself. And the music speaks. The music is why we are here, talking about four otherwise unremarkable gentlemen who just happen to be from a place nobody ever heard of. Guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter Luke Lautaret puts just the right amount of raw emotion and depth into each phrase, and still sounds sincere enough to make you feel like he is singing the song for you, not him. The other members, Aidan Foshay (Bass), Aaron Danreuther (Guitars & Harmony Vocals), and Jared Denney (Drums, Keyboards, & Harmony Vocals) feel the energy and together the band gallops through each song as though they were born for it.
Maybe they were. The son of a evangelical preacher, Lautaret learned early the value of both performance and emotion. As a young child he watched music become the soundtrack to the lives of the people he knew, drawing them out into the world beyond what they experienced before. The songs are rooted in meaning and personal reflection. Lautaret wrote "These Times" and "More than Myself" after the bank foreclosed on the home he and his wife Heather built. He wrote "Lay Your Head Down" after his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, and "Your Own Way" as an anthem to live by during difficult times. Seeking to capture those emotions as though they are an elusive object to hunt, the other members surround Lautaret in his bid for honesty, each piece of the puzzle lining up perfectly to communicate the feeling and serve the song. Never was this more evident than when Marshall Catch was invited to Pearl Harbor to play their original song "The Ballad of the USS Arizona" for the 70th Anniversary of the attacks that occurred there December 7th, 1941. Melodic and moving, Marshall Catch does their best to make music that transcends all barriers.
The result is poignant and meaningful rock, with enough bite that you feel it but enough feeling that it doesn't bite you. When it all boils down, Marshall Catch is just four regular guys with wives and children and dreams of a life making music. The men and their families are committed to the path they have chosen, working out conflict and moving forward one step at a time. They don't take themselves too seriously, but they recognize the power and influence behind the music that they are making. Maybe that is because, in some ways, the music is making them and not the other way around.