Oystercatcher are difficult to pin down into a genre, flowing gracefully between art rock to folk and pop with subtle electronic and classical undertones. What ties all this together is the honesty and vulnerability woven into their storytelling, using music as a platform to explore life, loss, love and everything in-between. With influences ranging from James Blake and Moses Sumney, to Kate Bush and Muse.
At the core are alternative vocals and bass guitar, but Oystercatcher’s philosophy is to make each live performance different by constantly varying line-ups and arrangements, making every version of each song unique - both live and in the studio. Vocalist Caitlin Laing and bassist Tom Chapman met studying in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music and since then have recorded their debut E.P. This Too Shall Pass which will be released in October, performed a self-organised tour of South Africa and the UK, and are releasing their latest single It Never Rains on 25/09/20.
An Oystercatcher is a type of bird that lives on the beaches near the home of some of Caitlin's family in North Wales. They are quirky and sweet, and remind Caitlin of a feeling of contentment and happiness.