The Catenary Wires are Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey. They formed in 2014 and their debut mini-album "Red Red Skies" was released on 1 June 2015 on Elefant Records. It was released by Matinée Recordings in the US. Their latest 7" single (What About the Rings?/Was That Love?) is released by WIAIWYA. They are currently recording their second album, with producer Andy Lewis.
Amelia and Rob are best known for making fuzzy, sixties girl-group inspired indie-pop in their previous bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap.
With the Catenary Wires, they have created something different; gentler and more acoustic, emotive and melancholy, although still fuelled by their great love for pop melodies and harmonies.
The Catenary Wires started when the two left London and found themselves in the middle of the countryside, with no indie scene as such. Having initially abandoned the idea of keeping a band going, they started writing their sad and delicate songs on their daughter’s small acoustic guitar, in the winter, just for themselves.
The duo were enticed to play in public for an event celebrating their old label, Sarah Records, at the Arnolfini Art Gallery in Bristol. From the positive reaction, they realised that two people on stage could be a proper band, if a small, fragile one. The band have since played over 50 gigs across 3 continents. They are currently experimenting with playing as a three-piece, four-piece or even five-piece.
The band’s name refers to the chain of curves made by the overhead cables seen suspended from pylons or above electric trains, cables that can seem to lead you off to somewhere different and unknown.
The band have recently finished recording a new album, which will be released in Summer 2019. Live, they now frequently play as a five-piece, with Andy Lewis, Fay Hallam and Ian Button. They still play as a duo occasionally.