Chris Catalyst

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Chris Catalyst
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Chris Catalyst playing with Eureka Machines in Worcester
Background information
Also known asRobochrist
Born (1980-02-11) 11 February 1980 (age 39)
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
GenresRock, punk, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, vocals, piano, trombone
LabelsWrath Records
Associated actsEureka Machines, The Sisters of Mercy, Mariachi El Bronx, Robochrist, The Scaramanga Six, AntiProduct, Ginger,
Websitehttp://www.chriscatalyst.com

Chris Catalyst (born 11 February 1980) has been the guitarist and bass player from various British and American rock bands over the past two decades, including his own band Eureka Machines, The Sisters of Mercy, Ugly Kid Joe and Ginger Wildheart[1] as well as stints in Mariachi El Bronx, The Scaramanga Six, AntiProduct, The Dead Pets, and playing keyboards for Terrorvision.

He was also known as Robochrist,[2] a solo industrial comedy act with face paint and props which he used to perform, but is now on hold for the time being.[3] As well as performing, Chris often works as a backline tech for other bands on tour.[4]

Biography[edit]

He is currently fronting his own pop-rock act called Eureka Machines, who released their debut album Do Or Die on 1 September 2008.[5] Their second album, Champion the Underdog, was released in May 2011, and third album Remain In Hope – funded by a successful PledgeMusic campaign – followed in February 2013. Further pledge campaigns followed for their fourth album Brain Waves in 2015 and fifth album, Victories in 2018, which was released with a companion double-CD compilation of unreleased material called Rarities.[6] Using the PledgeMusic platform allowed the band to stay true to their DIY ethic.[7][8]

Catalyst released a solo album Life Is Often Brilliant in 2017 [9] via a PledgeMusic campaign.[10] Reviews picked out influences such as Super Furry Animals and Honeycrack.[11] The album was launched with a sold out gig at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds in February 2017.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Über Rock Interview with Chris Catalyst of Eureka Machines". www.uberrock.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Blackstar Amps Profile of Chris Catalyst". www.blackstaramps.com. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  3. ^ [1] Sphere Magazine spotlight on Eureka Machines at the Wayback Machine (archived 7 October 2011)
  4. ^ "Sound Sphere Eureka Machines interview". www.soundspheremag.com. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ [2] Classic Rock Magazine Track of the day at the Wayback Machine (archived 14 December 2009)
  6. ^ "Über Rock Interview with Chris Catalyst of Eureka Machines". www.uberrock.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Interview with Chris Catalyst from Eureka Machines". www.themidlandsrocks.com. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Eureka Machines interview". www.soundspheremag.com. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Pure Rawk review of Life Is Often Brilliant". www.purerawk.com. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  10. ^ "PledgeMusic Campaign page".
  11. ^ "Louder Sound review of Life Is Often Brilliant". www.loudersound.com. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Brudenell Social Club event page".

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