In the rainy and cold autumn of year 2008 Johann Kolstrup entered a low-ceilinged and dim illuminated little club. At the stage Camilla Bang was playing. There was no doubt that this beautiful young guitarist and singer was going to be his girlfriend and not least his musical partner. These thoughts should prove to be in vain since miss Bang lived happily with her boyfriend. However the starting signal of CAT CAUGHT LARK wasn’t given before a friend reminded Johann that one doesn’t necessarily have to be together with a girl to be able to play music with her!
Previously Johann has worked together with Søren Balsner and (Carpark North), Asger Tarpgaard (Superheroes and Private). Further Johann has been a live member of the Danish Electropop band SMALL. Camilla Bang let her hair down at the Calibre 8 theatre and has been singing and playing in different musical relations. Camilla had never before played her own songs in front of an audience and thus in CAT CAUGHT LARK it is the first time that they leave home. Together with producer Jens Søndergaard (Powersolo) The Duo recorded a live- recording session in November 2009. Further CAT CAUGHT LARK was asked to join Singer Songwriter Mads Langer’s autumn tour 2009. The last show on the tour was played in Skive on November 28..th… CAT CAUGHT LARK played three shows in Berlin in December 2010 with great success.
CAT CAUGHT LARK finished the recordings of their debut album in July 2011. The work was already initiated during a twelve day session in July and August 2010. However due to Johann’s research in the field of Cell Biology Research and Camilla’s theater it was postponed.
The 2010 sessions in Copenhagen was carried out in STC Studios (previously named SUN Studios) in Copenhagen where among others the Danish band Kashmir rehearsed and recorded until 2006 and the major Danish solo artist Tim Christensen just finished his 4th studio album.
The CAT CAUGHT LARK album was finally finished in a fourteen day session with technician Serge Espitia in his brand new studio Tiny Thunder Audio in Brooklyn. Serge had just quit working at Stratosphere Studios on Manhattan.
THE NEW YORK CITY ARTS AND CULTURE GUIDE UNVEILED ARTS, June 27th 2011:
“Cat Caught Lark is the moniker donned by Danish singer-songwriters (and recent NYC arrivals) Johann Kolstrup and Camilla Bang. This duo’s bluesy/folksy numbers combine Camilla’s quietly strummed acoustic guitar, Johann’s keen electric lines and the pair’s siren-like vocals. As far as boy-girl duos go, these guys walk the tightrope between the quiet calm of Swell Season and the rawness (though slightly more subdued, i.e. sans drummer) of the late White Stripes. But what makes them distinctive is the Kolstrup’s guitar, poking through the gauzy layers and creating repetitive harmonies that dance with the vocals. They claim to have taken “Bob Dylan’s attitude, M. Ward’s country tones, and Johnny Cash’s heart” and fused it into a sound that’s both comforting and at times surprising. You might want to trust them on that.” [Elie Lichtschein]
KUT Radio Austin Texas, March 23rd 2011: “I really enjoyed [red. the CAT CAUGHT LARK] set at the Cherrywood Coffeehouse[…] Nice voices, nice harmonies, good songs, good guitars. Plus [red. the duo] really sing in tune which is critical for a group [like CAT CAUGHT LARK]”.
POLITIKEN, March 20th 2009: “Together with Camilla Bang, Johann Kolstrup has crafted a number of blues-folk songs without a spare ounce of fat that have barely left the bedroom until now presented live” [POLITIKEN]
SOUNDVENUE MAGAZINE, December 18th 2008: “CAT CAUGHT LARK is a new musical twosomeness that can put hearts on fire. Armed with a guitar and two highly enthusiastic and light wafting vocals, that compliment each other in a brilliant way, Kolstrup and Bang are moving toward a dreaming ground; where the cowboy is staring at the sunset with his guitar in one hand and his muse in the other. Where one – as their song title “Lean Back” hints – leans back in the soft armchair on the porch in the wild west. In other words CAT CAUGHT LARK snug and intimate people warm well and truly in Decembers stingy hours of sun.” [Adam Thorsmark]
KULTU NAUT, February 13, 2009: “…an evocative and sublime musical performance that moved toward a melancholic country-inspired singer-songwriter universe. Camilla Bang encircled the audience with her intense, soft, warm voice. Helped by a melancholic and crunchy vocal, including a solid falsetto, Johann Kolstrup […] directed our thoughts toward a lonely cowboy on the prairie. Moreover, the timbre of their voices was divine and beautiful. In combination with a fabulous, solid guitar accompaniment, the result was an urging and moving musical experience.” [Maja Egebo Schriver]
::: 2008 :::
CAT CAUGHT LARK is formed on Vesterbrogade 38 in Copenhagen where the duo rehearses in Johann’ little room.
::: 2009 :::
The first studio recordings were recorded in February 2009 and was produced by Laust Faerch. The dogma was to record all songs live and with only three tries (takes) for each song, picking the best take in the end. With no drums or clicks to guide, Camilla and Johann were facing each other in order to get a mutual focus. All songs were recorded on a big old fashion tape recorder giving the sound a special atmosphere. Camilla plays a Western while Johann plays the electric hollow body, like at the top banner picture.
In August CAT CAUGHT LARK was asked if they wanted to join MADS LANGER on his Autumn tour which they did.
CAT CAUGHT LARK play their first gigs outside Denmark in Berlin. What was suppose to be only one gig ended up being three because of the succes at the first performance.
::: 2010 :::
CAT CAUGHT LARK wins the danish band-video competition YoungBeats in Pumpehuset, Copenhagen.
June and July
CAT CAUGHT LARK are back from a fantastic trip to New York City. They stayed for a month and played more than 10 gigs. Finally the duo made two music videos with the American film producer Jimmy Allen.
“Boy vs. Girl” was shot on Washington Square in front of the fountain with The Arch of Triumph in the back ground.
“As I Wake You Up” was shot in a very old creepy abandon building in Lower East Side around Ridge St. The last pictures was recorded by the Brooklyn riverbank underneath the Manhattan Bridge with a beautiful view overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan.
July and August, Sun Studios Copenhagen
CAT CAUGHT LARK have been recording more that 10 songs in SUN Studios in Copenhagen. These are however still being worked on as these lines are put down duo to a sudden cancellation of the CAT CAUGHT LARK recording sessions by SUN Studios.
::: 2011 :::
Johann moves to New York City to work on his thesis in Cell Biology and of course the music! According to the plan either Camilla comes to The States or Johann to Europe on what the duo refers to as “hot spots” meaning that she’ll or he’ll be joining up to different events like tours, recording, photo shoots and so on and so forth. The first “hot spot” was in March 2011.
Camilla arrives at New York City on March 7th to join up with Johann and reignite the CAT CAUGHT LARK magic in The American Capital of Art. This time it was as if the duo had reached a whole new level of live performance. Something had directed the CAT CAUGHT LARK ship into performing with a mutual live expression that the duo had not ever experienced before. Especially this is shown on the live recorded songs from a performance at Pianos in New York City. These are available at the CAT CAUGHT LARK myspace profile.
Early on March 15th CAT CAUGHT LARK flies out to Texas to play at the annual South by South West festival in the Texan capital Austin. The well-respected Radio host John Aielli from KUT radio wrote the positive words about the duo as can be seen in the Reviews.
Not only did Mr. Aielli like CAT CAUGHT LARK live but indeed he, as the first radio host ever, played the first CAT CAUGHT LARK song on air on Wednesday March 23rd 2011.
July and August
CAT CAUGHT LARK records and mixes their debut album over a fourteen day session in the Brooklyn based Tiny Thunder Audio, with technician Serge Espitia behind the mixer. On the side of recording the duo played several concerts at well respected venues in the Lower East Side and Brooklyn.
The duo builds up and prepares for the debut record launch in October.
Celebrating the first release party at the venue Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY. Still preparing for the actual release date on November 9th.
Tandlæge ved Østerport på Østerbro
Rappelling, teambuilding, og coaching
18.12.08 – RUST, (Copenhagen), DK
09.01.09 – Studenterhuset, (Copenhagen), DK
16.01.09 – Café Zusammen, (Copenhagen), DK
22.01.09 – Lades Kaelder, (Copenhagen), DK
13.02.09 – Musikcafeen, (Aarhus), DK
11.04.09 – Toldkammeret, (Helsingør), DK
14.05.09 – RUST, (Copenhagen), DK
10.09.09 – Jolene, (Copenhagen), DK
18.09.09 – Studenterhuset, (Copenhagen), DK
22.10.09 – RUST, (Copenhagen), DK
:: TOURING WITH MADS LANGER ::
30.10.09 – Huset, (Nakskov), DK
31.10.09 – Stars, (Vordingborg), DK
06.11.09 – Godset, (Kolding), DK
07.11.09 – Vershuset, (Næstved), DK
14.11.09 – Klauzdal, (Herlev), DK
21.11.09 – Elværket, (Holbæk), DK
28.11.09 – Skive Theater, (Skive), DK
:: BERLIN ::
26.12.09 – Intersoup, (Berlin), DE
28.12.09 – Révé Génerale, (Berlin), DE
30.12.09 – Révé Génerale, (Berlin), DE
11.01.10 – Bad Coffee Studio, (Copenhagen), DK
22.01.10 – Studenterhuset, (Copenhagen), DK
06.03.10 – Toldkammeret, (Helsingør), DK
24.03.10 – Blaa Gaards Apotek, (Copenhagen), DK
29.04.10 – Studenterhuset, (Aarhus), DK
21.05.10 – Krudttønden, (Copenhagen), DK
10.06.10 – Pumpehuset, (Copenhagen), DK
12.06.10 – Gronjordskollegiet, (Cph), DK
:: USA SUMMER TOUR 2010 ::
20.06.10 – Arlene’s Grocery, (New York City), US
22.06.10 – Pete’s Candy Store, (Brooklyn, NY), US
29.06.10 – The Living Room, (New York City), US
30.06.10 – Goodbye Blue Monday (Brooklyn, NY), US
08.07.10 – The National (New York City), US
08.07.10 – Lucky Jack’s (New York City), US
09.07.10 – Side Walk Café (New York City), US
11.07.10 – Café Vivaldi (New York City), US
06.08.10 – New Note Festival (Hillerød), DK
16.09.10 – Rust (Copenhagen), DK
20.12.10 – Café Musiksmag (Copenhagen), DK
18.01.11 – Café Den Røde Hund (Copenhagen), DK
:: USA TOUR MARCH 2011 ::
08.03.11 – Pianos, Showroom (New York City), US
09.03.11 – National Underground (New York City), US
12.03.11 – The Living Room (New York City), US
16.03.11 – Cherrywood Coffeehouse (Austin, TX), SXSW, US
17.03.11 – Dirty Bill’s (Austin, TX), SXSW, US
18.03.11 – Cherrywood Coffeehouse (Austin, TX), SXSW, US
19.03.11 – Genuine Joe’s (Austin, TX), SXSW, US
:: USA MINI TOUR JULY 2011 ::
02.07.11 – Pianos (New York City), US
03.07.11 – The Living Room Downstairs (New York City), US
08.07.11 – Pete’s Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY), US
:: USA MINI TOUR OCTOBER 2011 ::
10.15.11 – The Living Room (New York City), US
10.16.11 – Pianos (New York City), US
10.20.11 – NYC Release Party at Southpaw (Brooklyn, NY), US
:: Copenhagen December 2011 ::
19.12.11 – Rust (Copenhagen), DK
20.12.11 – Drone (Copenhagen), DK
21.12.11 – Release Party Denmark (Copenhagen), DK
:: USA March 2012 ::
15.03.12 – KUT Radio (Austin, TX), US
16.03.12 – Flipnotics (Austin, TX), SXSW, US