Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club review: Catchlove “Wake Up Harry” March 2008

The catchy named Catchlove delivered the third installment of the EP of the Month Club for March 2008 with his release “Wake Up Harry”. Jace… er, Doug, well whatever name you know him by had already released one full length “Where Do We Go From Here” after going solo after an acrimonious split from his previous band Talons and Tea Leaves that was wrought with intrigue, drug abuse, international art theft, and a wide array of paternity suits.

OK none of that really happened. Except the art theft. Maybe.

Anyways, emblazoned with unicorns at the corners of the cover, because who doesn’t love unicorns, “Wake Up Harry” kicked off with it’s title track, immediately hitting the listener with some staccato piano and distorted guitar and multi-layered vocals. The song recounts the day that Harry learned he was a wizard and features some nice lead guitar lines throughout the tune.

The next song “The Diary” starts the opposite way, with a quiet acoustic guitar and cello melodic line as Doug recounts how Riddle’s memory slowly took over Ginny’s life as the song’s tempo and intensity pick up. More layered vocals are on tap, as they tend to be a Catchlove signature, and more orchestral instruments join up in the background to take the song out. “Dontcha Know” is an uptempo pop rock song about Harry’s feelings for Ginny, complete with crunchy guitar rhythms, bringing the feeling of the EP back up after the previous song.

Peter Pettigrew (That Rat)” thankfully doesn’t raise the aspect of eating Wormtail like The Marauders EP did, and the guitar playing reminds me heavily of an Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls tune, which isn’t surprising given how Doug & Christian used to play together and I’m sure there’s some influences from each other left over. “Legacy of the Fallen Wizard” is a fun tune that sounds like it should have been performed by a minstrel band, complete with dancing fiddler and raised mugs of butterbeer - and the end of the tune lets us know the wizards were singing to Dumbledore’s memory in the Leaky Cauldron.

The next tune up “Never Coming Back” brings back the distorted guitars, but unfortunately it also sounds like the vocals were recorded a bit too hot as they sound distorted as well. Still, the song is a strong one about Harry leaving Privet Drive for good, and is followed up by another rocker in “If This Wand Could Talk”. However, there’s something about this song that just doesn’t sit right with me, it’s discordant & dissonant at times in ways that sound a bit too out of place.

Headed to Hogwarts” brings in some good ol’ fashioned rock n roll piano, and also brings back the closing gang chorus from “Legacy of the Fallen Wizard” in a nice callback. The tune also features Molly Weasley’s famous line to Bellatrix in the Final Battle, which is repeated more than a few times. The EP closes with “We’re The Students of Hogwarts”, which is a wrock filk of “Kids In America”, an older track from Kim Wilde that’s been covered by everyone from The Jonas Brothers to MxPx to the Foo Fighters to… Catchlove. Here the students are represented by gang vocals on all the “nah nah nahs” thoughout the song, ending the EP on a fun & bouncy note.

Wake Up Harry” was a solid contribution to the EP of the Month Club, even if I was hoping for a redux of “In Which Our Hand Claps Defeat Lord Voldemort” that we never got. The release had it’s ebbs and flows, but had pretty good song pacing & sequencing. To be honest, I was never a fan of the mix itself (it’s muddy all the way through and over-layered at points) but the songs themselves are catchy and well written.

After this EP, Doug released one more album simply titled “<3″ which I cannot seem to find anywhere online anymore, save for a few tracks on his old MySpace page. If you have a copy, please share your thoughts on that final release with us!

Up next: Gred and Forge “What Witches Want” April 2008


Harry/Ginny - It’s Snowing

so. i’ve been dying to play my bb GRETA CATCHLOVE in the setting of THE FIRST WIZARDING EFFING WAR. Like in the midst of it. Give me the grime. The horribleness. The backstabbing. The world at the brink of destruction. Granted. It’s my own self-proclaimed HC that she dies before the Prewett brothers due to some old plots that I just can’t shake. ANYWAY. My muse is up high. I have ideas all over the place & if you want some more inspo check out Greta’s tag, my inspiration for plots-tag or my inspiration for relationships-tag. If you see anything that makes your inspiration and muse run HIGH. Come at me or like this post and i’ll come at you. <3

& here are 1 and 2 examples of how i’ve played her in the past. 

&&!!! of course i would be interested in playing out greta in school-age as well. ANYTHING really.