American Catapult

American Catapult

 Glendora, California, USA
BandAmericanaRock

Southern California open road, windows-down favorites, soaring in the pocket of The Bottlerockets and R.E.M. (Anchorage Press). Song Permission featured on Friday Night Nights season 3 (NBC) & AMC's Cinemasounds. AmCat's live show is engaging, comfortable in a pub yet excels on larger stages.

Biography

Every good band has a story, something that marks their territory in the landscape of worthwhile artists, and deepens their connection with their fans. Southern California-based American Catapult has been living out their story in unlikely places over the last few years, choosing to take their music to any place that would give them permission to play, and even a few that wouldn’t.

from Mark Deming, All Music Guide:
"Californian alt-country band American Catapult are an act willing to do things their own way, including doing a tour without booking any dates in advance. Formed in 2003, American Catapult features four veteran musicians with impressive chops as both musicians and songwriters and an eagerness to be heard. AmCat recorded a self-distributed album in 2004, Home of the Brave, which showcased their passionate but down-to-earth roots rock, and it was followed with a 2005 EP, Excess Falling. But AmCat had trouble finding venues interested in their music in Southern California, so they set out on what they called "The Tour of the Brave," in which they roamed the California coast for several days and stopped wherever they could find a crowd willing to hear them play, with locations ranging from a laundromat to a highway rest stop to an airfield, with a small camera crew recording the adventure for posterity. The stunt helped boost interest in AmCat, and after initially releasing their second full-length album Trees Of Mystery themselves, they signed a deal with the respected independent label Cooking Vinyl, who reissued the set in 2007. American Catapult continues to tour, though usually with shows booked well in advance."

AmCat, as their friends call them, reside happily on the outskirts of Americana music. Their influences include R.E.M, Son Volt, Wilco and the Eagles. Years of playing live for surprised strangers and invited guests have made AmCat's set strong and engaging. Lots of non-comm radio play throughout the U.S. and Canada has confirmed the band's appeal to a wide range of age and taste. You can currently hear AmCat on CinemaSounds at theaters across the nation, and catch them in an important scene during season 3 of Friday Night Lights, currently on DVD.

AmCat's live show is as timeless as American music gets, as free and optimistic as a scene from Athens in the ‘80s, and instantly accessible. AmCat plays for the love of it, and would be happy to oblige, even if that means playing in your front yard or parking lot.

Rescue Records/5 Alarm (licensing), Further South Recordings & Cooking Vinyl USA (CD releases)

For band booking & publicity, contact Further South – amcatshows@gmail.com - or call Shawn at DWC (562) 652 4125.

Lyrics

Band Not the Weapon

Written By: Tom Townsend (BMI)

just sit right back and let this ride, all company
shock and awe would suit us fine, you will come to see, yeah

so spin this happenstance tonight, make the best situation
the shift is on and it’s making good time, and changing
the whole conversation
no one’s bent on making war, we have the best of intentions
if you’re surprised, well I’ll bet you are, cause we are the
band not the weapon
if you’re locked out we’ll let you back in
if you’re knocked down we’ll be your best friend
if you just lost we’ll let you win

come on, that’s right, well we’ve seen it all before,
drops like a bomb, leaves a mess behind
what happens now is what I’ve waited years for,
and i want it now, i want it now
come on, yeah, it’s really not the same,
there’s no appetite for destruction
there’s just no malice in our rapport, cause we are the
band not the weapon

if you’re locked out we’ll let you back in
if you’re knocked down we’ll be your best friend
if you just lost we’ll let you win

Behind Me

Written By: Tom Townsend (BMI)

All the sunsets I let slide,
all the words I just let fly;
they sail like paper through the air,
throw them out, I just don’t care.
All the comforts I have chased,
and all the money wasted;
for every stone that’s left unturned,
and bitter fruit I’ve tasted.
Put it behind me, put it behind me;
Lay it down, lay it down, and walk away.

Every certain second guess,
and all regrets forgetting this;
the things I could not overcome,
feel like laces left undone.
All that’s tethered to my past,
and all I skipped for sleeping;
for every promise never kept,
and never meant for keeping.
Put it behind me, put it behind me;
Lay it down, lay it down, and walk away.

Smoke Signals

Written By: Tom Townsend (BMI)

Words that linger like a match - might be struck or taken back
I did not mean to condescend - I still intend to call you friend
If I’ve misquoted you, I did not mean to set you back, and light a fire
If I’ve misquoted you, I did not mean to get off track, and light a fire
Light a fire

Last night was right before it was wrong, so play it back,
somehow words denied the song
Still it’s my aim to make things right, and I believe
You did not mean to kick start a fight
If I’ve misquoted you, make amendment of these facts, and light a fire
If I’ve misquoted you, shake this libel off your back, and light a fire
Light a fire

Throw the switch that saves us - hold out hope that words are enough
Let better nature save your soul, and leave behind
All thoughts of fallen ghosts
If I’ve misquoted you, I did not mean to get you back, and light a fire
If I’ve misquoted you, shake this libel off your back, and light a fire
Light a fire

Discography

There Are Friends, and Then There Are Friends (EP, 2014)

Band Not the Weapon (CD, 2012)

All This Distance (CD, 2010)

Permission (EP, 2008)

Trees of Mystery (CD Further South, 2006; CD Cooking Vinyl 2007)

Excess Falling (EP, 2005)

Home of the Brave (CD, 2004)

Tour of the Brave (DVD, 2005)

Set List

BAND not the WEAPON

BEHIND ME

TREES of MYSTERY

ON the OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

CALIFORNIA STARS

BE the MOMENT

BETTER COUNTRY

WHEELS