Founded in Aberdeen in January 2007 by Tim Courtney, Graham Chalmers, Sam Coleman and Nick J Morrice. In Katerwaul's infancy, the band would write songs around lengthy improvisation sessions which yielded an epic, cinematic and tangential, through composed style. They released their debut album Prologue in November of 2007, a series of six demos recorded in their rehearsal space in Aberdeen Harbour by long term collaborator David Milne. The band signed to Birmingham based record label Brave Or Invincible in 2009, under whom they released and distributed 2nd album, Here There Is No Why and Valley Under a Concrete Sea, a protest single against plans to destroy an historical, Victorian Garden, located in Aberdeen's city centre, in favour of an oil industry run town planning incentive.
2010 saw some major changes for the band. Brave Or Invincible eventually disbanded, Coleman relocated to Berlin, and Courtney's film career was gathering momentum which ushered a move to Glasgow. With Morrice and Chalmers still living in Aberdeen, Courtney took a central role in the band's song writing and arrangement. Courtney would record demos at his home studio and send to the band, then they would meet twice a month to work on the songs together. It resulted in a different sound for the band, Courtney experimented with new tunings to fill the space left by Coleman's departure breaking away from the intricate two part guitar harmonies from previous recordings. The song structures also changed, moving away from the band's through composed signature style and explored more dynamic shifts and orchestral string arrangements influenced by Courtney's film scores. The band employed 45/R producer and engineer Sam Mackintosh to record their critically acclaimed 3rd album The Dirt & The Trees released in November 2012.
Katerwaul are currently on a long term hiatus with no plans to tour or record at present.