Like many others, Ryan Weddle spent a good portion of the past year at home.
He didn’t tour with his band, Katastro, which is his livelihood.
After months away from one another, the band members decided to finish their latest album, “Sucker.”
“It’s really crazy. We wrote that album, and it’s been finished for almost a year since we restarted the process,” he says. “It’s finally out, and we feel so blessed.”
Formed nearly 15 years ago, Katastro released its first EP, “The Wonderful Daze,” in 2008 and quickly followed with its debut full-length album, “Poking Holes in a Pattern,” the next year. “Sucker” was released on July 16.
Weddle’s bandmates are Andrew Stravers, Andy Chaves and Tanner Riccio.
Weddle says the downtime from touring gave the band more time for the album.
“Usually, we rush out an album,” he says. “We started talking to different labels and wanted to give it the attention it deserved. It was kind of good, in a way, that we could edit the album in a way that we wanted.”
Weddle says “Sucker” represents a notably more mature sound for Katastro while showcasing the band’s unique stew of rock, hip-hop, funk, blues, pop and reggae.
It is produced by Matt Keller and embodies the constant loop of life, love, hate and wanting to break the pattern.
He says the 12 songs on the album take listeners along on a ride, providing a summery soundtrack and something a little more positive to look forward to when everything feels off.
“This album is about getting pulled into crazy nights, the loops of toxic relationships and trying to find a balance in everything,” Weddle says. “The name ‘Sucker’ embodies the feeling of being pulled into a situation and wondering how you got there.”
The return to stage has been humbling for Katastro.
Weddle says that when the tour opened in Arizona, the Tempe-based band played four or five of the new tracks.
“We had a plan of what we were going to say,” he says. “The audience was singing the songs to us the entire time. Andy looked back at one point, and we were in awe of what was happening. It felt so reassuring. That was the first night in our hometown. It’s been a crazy ride.”