The Catenary Wires

New single Mirrorball

Out April 2021

On Skep Wax/Shelflife

About us

The Catenary Wires formed in 2014, initially as a duo.

Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey had previously been in Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap. The first Catenary Wires album "Red Red Skies" (Elefant/Matinée Recordings, 2015) was a marked departure from the fuzzy sixties-inspired girl-group pop of their earlier bands. It was more acoustic, emotive and melancholy.

A one-off 7" single "What About The Rings?"/"Was That Love" followed (WIAIWYA, 2018).

With the release of their second album "Til The Morning" (Tapete, 2019), the band expanded to include Andy Lewis (bass), Fay Hallam (vox, keyboards) and Ian Button (drums). While the sound was bigger, the core of the band remained the dual vocals of Amelia and Rob.

The band have just completed their third album, to be released in May 2021. The first single "Mirrorball" is a lovesong inspired by eighties discos. It will be released on Shelflife (US) and their own new label, Skep Wax (UK and rest of world).

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.

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Amelia Fletcher

(vocals, harmonium)

Rob Pursey

(vocals, guitar)

Fay Hallam

(Hammond organ, backing vocals)

Ian Button

(Drums, backing vocals)

Andy Lewis

(Bass, production)


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Other music

As well as Catenary Wires, the various band members have a variety of other musical activities.

Rob, Amelia and Ian play in Swansea Sound with Hue Williams (ex-Pooh Sticks). Their debut single 'Corporate Indie Band' was released in October 2020. Their second single 'I Sold My Soul On eBay' was released in January 2021, with a single 7" sold via eBau. Their third single 'Indies of the World' is released March 2021 on Skep Wax, HHTBM, Formosa Punk and Lavender Sweep.

Rob, Amelia and Ian play in European Sun with Steve Miles. Their debut album was released in October 2020 on Wiaiwya.

Rob and Amelia play in The Drift with Darren Pilcher. In November 2020, they released a poetry/music collaboration with Canterbury-based poet, Nancy Gaffield. Pamphlet and CD by Longbarrow Press. Digital audio from Skep Wax.

Fay makes music in her own name and also in Il Senato with Andy.

Ian has his own band, Papernut Cambridge.

Andy and Ian play in Louis Philippe and The Night Mail with Robert Rotifer.

Rob and Amelia also run the Skep Wax record label, while Ian co-runs the Gare du Nord label.