By: Dan Peacock
Photos by: Dan Peacock
Sitting down with The Catcalls on the eve of their Halloween weekend concert at Three Four Beer Co., I immediately felt the vibe, the chemistry, and the raw energy of a fresh band thirsty for action and success. Members Riley Ann and Kayleen Patrick share a special connection born out of the Coalition of Women Song Writers– a group of over a hundred and fifty members founded and managed by Riley herself.
“Kayleen approached me after one of our meetings,” explained Riley Ann when asked how their professional relationship came about. She elaborated on how their skills, activism, and shared professional interests lead to the formation of The Catcalls. “We just seemed to have the right thing!”
Riley Ann had already proven herself an accomplished musician—touring the country from coast to coast as a one-woman band, before deciding the job would be more ‘liberating’ with more members to add to the creative flow. On her own steam, Riley was coveted as maintaining the old magic of folk, while exhibiting the new awareness of what it takes to be a successful woman songwriter and performer.
The Catcalls’ performance at Three Four Beer Co., in two words, was succinct and sultry. Kayleen and Riley would face one another and their instruments while exchanging rifts in tandem that transformed the great tunes of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddamn” alike. Their originally written songs held true to their soul-blues roots and kept the crowd roaring without pause.
All one needs to understand The Catcalls’ initiative is found in the women that answered the call. They meet at the library to discuss their craft, work for GIRLS ROCK Denver to put instruments in the hands of young women, and relish in the connection they draw with strangers jamming with beers raised high around their rapidly brightening stage lights.
For those with a heart set in the drums, the band is looking for a passionate percussionist to add to the team. You can contact The Catcalls via their website here.