Interview by Luke Kokoszk.
Let’s start with introducing who’s in the band and what everybody plays.
David Martinez (Bass, Keys, Guitar)
Max Kashetsky (Ukulele, Bass, Keys)
Ryan Smith (Drums, Banjo, Guitar)
Steph Hodgins (Guitar, Drums, Bass)
Erin-Rose Hubbard (Banjo, Ukulele)
Where did the name The Cattails come from?
Steph and Erin were just playing as a duo called “Cheatgrass.” We met Max and wanted to play with him and called him a cattail because he’s so tall and skinny. Later the name of the group just became the Cattails.
Do you write the songs individually or as a whole?
A lot of our songs are written individually, especially our early songs. We’re working on writing more together. It’s definitely a new experience for everyone but great things have come out of it so far!
What defines The Cattails’ sound?
What defines our sound is that we all create the music we play. Even though we often make music individually, when we adapt a song to become a part of the band’s repertoire, we make it fit within our overall style. When having five song writers that each sing their own songs, it can be challenging to have a fluid style. This is something that we are working towards and at the current moment we are moving away from folk and into a more indie/dance style.