With influences like Son Volt and REM, and their unashamed love of 70's pop, American Catapult resides happily on the outskirts of Americana. They've played live at places as diverse as rest stops, laundromats and abandoned airfields, but mostly like to play where there is an electrical outlet. AmCat (as friends call them) released their third effort, Trees of Mystery, in 2007 through Cooking Vinyl USA & Koch Distribution. The Permission EP followed on Earth Day 2008, All This Distance LP 2010, and Band Not the Weapon LP now available for 2012 online everywhere.
"American Catapult is a band that truly has the soul of the American landscape running through their veins. Not only does the Southern California quartet play songs which attempt to capture the experience of being young, free, and in the midst of wide open spaces (both geographically and emotionally), but the band has literally brought their music to a wide range of settings which dot the horizons of many who live in the lower forty-eight...
Based on the results displayed on Trees of Mystery , the members of American Catapult have presented these strange and ordinary locales with a straight-ahead, uncomplicated sound that draws from the earthy guitar jangles, country overtones and pop sensibilities of early R.E.M., Son Volt, and even the early-to-mid ‘90s vibe of such radio friendly bands as Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket. The band is secure and strong in their sound, displaying an understanding of what a professional rock and roll album should sound like.
Like the laundromats and rest stops the band has played, many of the places they take the listener to are likely places they've been before. However, in an age where quality, accessible rock is difficult to uncover, perhaps the world needs more bands like American Catapult. The band is likely to resonate with a wide demographic and cross section of music lovers—and rightly so."
Look for Band Not the Weapon (2012), All This Distance (2010) Trees of Mystery (2007) in various online outlets & on Spotify.