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PREMIERE: Catch Fire’s Brand New Album ‘Karma Owes Me A Lifetime Of Happiness’

Brii Jamieson
Brii Jamieson 15 November 2018 at 18.00

Listen to Catch Fire's album before it's released tomorrow.

Nottingham-based emo band Catch Fire are set to release their debut album 'Karma Owes Me A Lifetime Of Happiness' tomorrow through Rude Records, but we don't want you waiting.

You can listen to the full album right now, and we had the band take you through it track by track. Stream 'Karma Owes Me A Lifetime Of Happiness', and read the track by track below. Over to Catch Fire:

"‘Karma Owes Me a Lifetime of Happiness’ (KOMALOH), is a concept album about the absence/existence of Karma. People spend their lives treading on Karma’s proverbial eggshells, and doing “good” solely out of fear of what comes next; but when we see our loved ones, friends, even ourselves suffering, it makes you question if it even exists at all. It certainly did me. It made me question: how can luck AND Karma coexist? One contradicts the other. The album deals largely with mental health and depression, and not knowing what you did to deserve it."

'Petrifaction' is a song about being trapped in a negative headspace, and missing the person you used to be. It’s a song about feeling that everything you try fails. That everything you touch dies; and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get back to who you used to be.

'Malignance' is directly about mental health and depression. It’s about having one of those days where you feel defeated and empty. I’m looking at people seemingly happier than me, and wondering why, and how.  “Cloud nine’s overcrowded anyway, but I’ve earned my stay”.

'Fault Line' is a song that metaphorises the idea of an actual tectonic fault line, and feeling like at any moment you’re going to lose yourself. It’s about not knowing where your depression comes from, and therefore not knowing how to escape. It’s about how much more difficult it can be to be emotionally hurting, rather than enduring physical pain. With physical pain, you know where the sore spots are, and how to nurse them.

'Stabbing Pains'is about feeling numb, and calloused to everything. You can’t feel any joy, or any pain, you’re just coasting day to day. It’s about faking a smile, and how draining it can be to pretend that you’re alright around loved ones and friends. 

'How Heavily I Breathe' is a song about anti-depressants. I turned down anti-depressants because I don’t want to be “artificially happy”. This song is probably the most personal, lyrically. My ex-girlfriend was on anti-depressants and they had the adverse effect on her, which led her to try and kill herself by taking a full box of pills. “You went to bed that night hoping you wouldn’t wake up, but I’m so glad that you did.” Maybe it helps for some, but I want “the real thing”. 

'Heist' is about accepting your current state, whether you like it or not. It’s about just wanting to happy, and nothing else. “My heart wants what it wants, constricts and ties me in knots, there’s not a person I miss more than the person I once was.” I thought it was an interesting metaphor to use for your emotions; and to personify your negative emotions with the traits of a thief, where you were robbed of your happiness.

'Bad Behaviour' is an old song, reworked. It’s the first song we ever put out, and we thought it deserved a second wind. It’s about burdening someone you’re in a relationship with your problems, and causing them to also spiral into the same place. “Was it me or depression that broke you down, because I get the impression that it was me, somehow.”

'For Those Who Fear Death' is about reaching the point in which I lost faith in Karma. “It’s a safety net for those who fear death, and I can’t believe.” I feel that for the most part people put their faith in Karma as they’re too afraid of what’s next, which is totally fine. It’s just something I don’t buy. Once you lose your faith, your life loses colour, and everything becomes black and white. “Like a man gone blind, I’m searching for the colour in life. So far I’ve found nothing.”

'Hostage' is another personal song. This song is like a part two of 'Heist', hence the title! It’s about questioning if I’ve done something wrong in a past life. It’s about feeling lonely, vulnerable, and weak. “I talk to myself, because there’s nobody else.” There’s a bit about my Mum in there, as she’s a Karma believer, which always makes for interesting conversation. “My mother, she believes, that there’s a reason for everything. Well what’s the reason I’m this way?” 

'Agnostic' is the main point of focus on the whole album. It’s kind of the title track, just without the title. “I just simply don’t believe in anything that I can’t see, and you’ve never done anything for me.” It‘s about how people want to get into heaven so badly, but would life really be so good without any sadness whatsoever? I feel that sadness plays an integral part in happiness, and that one can’t exist without the other. “You can’t honestly feel alive when you reside in a place where sadness isn’t allowed.”

'Third Person' is the final track on the record. This song is about looking back through photos of your old self, and almost not recognising yourself due to who you are now. I thought it was an interesting way to write a song; completely in the third person, but still about myself at different times in my life.

'Karma Owes Me A Lifetime Of Happiness' is available for pre-order now.

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