“Being in a band is like dating, and the music is the sex of the relationship.” Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and member of a local New Jersey band, Catch Wild, Jessica Rose, explains that a band requires chemistry, getting along, and courting each other.
When I catch up with Jessica Rose, she is casually dressed in a look- part hipster, part rock star with a black blazer, skinny black jeans and low cowboy boots. She looked a hairstyle away from performing live.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Jessica moved to Jersey City and gigged around Hoboken. “I’ve been a tri-state girl all my life,” she said. “But I chose to perform in Hoboken because there’s a really good music scene here.”
While Jessica’s musical journey evolved from a solo gig into a collaborative “Catch Wild Project” with three other members, all four members of “Catch Wild,” love their roots in Hoboken. While the growth of the Catch Wild project always took place at Maxwell’s on Washington Street, Jessica and her bandmates have gigged all over town.
Hoboken, always a vibrant scene for artists, is a topic that Jessica is clearly passionate about. When talking about Maxwell’s, the singer’s normal quiet demeanor gave way to finger tapping, and foot shaking like keeping an invisible beat going in her head.
“We love Hoboken because people really appreciate our alternative feel. I think people get a little sick of the traditional Bon Jovi cover, and Catch Wild really deviates from that,” she said.
Composed of Jessica Rose, Doug Atkins, Eric Swiontkowski, and Dan Bradley, Jessica describes the music style of Catch Wild as alternative rock & roll. While Jessica found her inspiration in the music of Michelle Branch, Sheryl Crow, and Jeanne Jett, the band looks to Foo Fighters, Paramore, No Doubt, and MuteMath.
With a large smile, Jessica said that her project in music has taken a few turns. But – with a sigh of relief, she said, “In search for a bandmate, I think I was really looking for Doug the whole time, so until I found him it didn’t feel right.” From the moment they met, Jessica glowingly said, “it was totally clear we were going to make music together. It’s a really happy blessing to have found him.”
Catch Wild’s debut album dropped on June 5th, featuring the band’s single, “Star.” “Now that the album is available, we hope it’ll get elevated to the next level. We’ve got to get out on tour and get our name out there,” she said.
Jessica explains she really believes in the phrase, “it takes ten years to become a real professional.” Playing guitar since the age of 16, she is just really beginning her musical journey now. With Catch Wild’s debut album drop just recently, “Waking Up With Fire,” has officially gotten Jessica and her bandmates on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Spotify.
When not gigging around town, or continuing the Catch Wild project at Maxwell’s, Jessica loves to spend time relaxing in Sinatra Park. “The city definitely would not be the same without it,” she said.
In line with the album drop, Catch Wild will be performing at the Press Room in Asbury Park on June 30th and at Arlene’s Grocery in New York City on July 24th. They also have a show scheduled for August 3rd at Legendary Dobbs in Philadelphia.
For more information on Jessica and Catch Wild visit www.catchwild.com or follow the band on Twitter @CatchWild.