American Catapult

American Catapult

 Glendora, California, USA

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.


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 – - or call Shawn at DWC (562) 652 4125.



Written By: Tom Townsend (BMI)

take all your instruments of fear
there's no depression welcome here
these arent the moody minor chords
that you used to play
shake off the cynical ones
who say it just can't be done
and bring back the Innocence, bring them back, let them play again
take on the new life, kiss the old one
hard times are meant to make us stronger
and some should last a little longer
but all these trials will turn to gold, gold someday
there's no regrets and no take backs
and no re warming of cold facts
it's all or nothing and you choose it all, and that's OK
welcome the new day, kiss the old one goodbye
who knows where grace is abounding
how can you breathe when you're drowning, it's hard to say
put on the helmet and the sword
give back the things that you can't afford
there's nothing good that can come from what you buried underground
take on the new life, kiss the old one goodbye

This Time

Written By: Tom Townsend (BMI)

this time, given, standing
a slow burn is never for nothing
this time, newness, knowing
it's already done, and still worth doing
all eyes fall hard on the follow, the next thing, give it some room
it's all in the moving this time
this time, feels like a shot in the arm
we've all been awoken, pulled into focus
this time, twenty twenty
this time all votes are counting for something, counting for something
all eyes fall hard on the follow, the next big thing, give it some room
it's all in the choosing this time
this time, feels so close
feel it pass on through just like a ghost
this time, this is no shot in the dark
this time all lights are green, it's clear straight ahead, clear straight ahead
all eyes fall hard on the follow, the next big thing, give it some room
it's all invitation this time


All This Distance (CD, 2010)
Permission (EP, 2008)
Trees of Mystery (CD, 2007)
Excess Falling (EP, 2005)
Home of the Brave (CD, 2004)
Tour of the Brave (DVD, 2005)

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