Justin Catalino

Justin Catalino

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As heard on The OC and New Music Weekly's "2005 Best New Artist" nominee, Justin Catalino is indie pop mixed with old fashioned crooning "but in the good way" writes Lesley Barger of Filter Magazine, "Goddamn it if this kid ain't doing this with conviction where it counts.”

Biography

New Music Weekly's Best New A/C Artist nominee, Justin Catalino, is alive and kicking in Vacationland. The singer songwriter and President of Rizzo Records is tirelessly working his debut album Welcome to Vacationland from every angle. In 2001, Catalino won a guitar on MTV and quickly began turning his southern California life and style into songs that can now be heard on popular shows like 'The OC' on FOX and on commercial radio nationwide. Rizzo Records has proudly released it's debut album, Justin Catalino – Welcome to Vacationland.

With the wind in his hair, one of his songs blares out of the car stereo. In the summer of 2005 his debut single and the title track, “Welcome to Vacationland” broke into the top 20 of New Music Weekly AC/Hot AC charts. “Musically this is exactly what I want to sound like,” he says. And it should. After all, he spent 18 years honing his talents as a singer. He has been seen in over 200 concerts and professional productions from coast to coast, packing fields and theaters with thousands of people, receiving several prestigious awards and critical acclaim. Often under the direction of Broadway’s greatest, Catalino has delivered powerhouse lead roles in The Rocky Horror Show and The Who’s Tommy. After acquiring his B.F.A. in musical performance from Emerson College, he moved to California and immediately put his voice to work in a variety of ways. While in between songwriting and recording sessions, Catalino worked as a singing telegram. Dressing up as characters like Austin Powers and Richard Simmons, gorillas and chickens, he was the life of hundreds of parties. He even personally sang for Dustin Hoffman, Sting, Cameron Diaz, Tom Green, Juliette Lewis, and The Rock. California was one big party and one big song.

That party has ended and a new one has begun with the creation of his family’s ‘artist friendly’ independent label, Rizzo Records, and his debut full length album. Catalino’s Welcome to Vacationland, complete with the adventures of freedom and independence to the basements and mazes of loneliness and self discovery, is generating quite a buzz. It all started when the Los Angeles based influential station KCRW began playing tracks from Vacationland while it was still being recorded. Now with the help of commercial radio play and fans of The OC all over the world scrambling to get his songs on iTunes, he's found his way to new sets of ears and hearts. He was recently featured during a steamy sex scene on the critically acclaimed “Rescue Me” with Denis Leary and NPR's 'All Songs Considered.' He was also heard at The 2005 Sundance Film Festival where his music video for 'Say My Name in the Morning' was featured. Director Mark Pellington, known for his work with Pearl Jam and U2, recently told Justin, “As an artist you have done your work-communicated to the spirit. The record is so sublime.” Even Tori Amos, one of Catalino’s main influences, has requested a copy.

Justin Catalino's Welcome to Vacationland is 12 original and eclectic indie pop songs for the alternative soul. Just imagine The Postal Service, Sade, and Jeff Buckley driving along the coast on a lazy Sunday afternoon. “With his freak falsetto nestled into a soft pop edge,” writes Lesley Bargar of FILTER Magazine, “it's storytelling, it's crooning, it's sarcastic and self-aware in the good way, but goddamn it if this kid ain't doing this with conviction where it counts.”

Lyrics

Say My Name in the Morning

Written By: Justin Catalino

Show up at the bar
10 minutes late
I’m searchin the crowd tryin to find me date
Nervous at first
We’re both a little shy
The chick with the dreads brings two Bud Lights
I know what you know
About me is small
So Im gonna tell you about the fall
And no I didn’t trip
if thats what you’re thinking
I say the stupidest shit when I’m drinking
So give me some room
I got some more
I hope that you don’t think I’m a whore
But I want you to come home with me tonight
It has been such a long long time
But will you
Say my name in the morning
When you don’t know your own
Tell me I am the reason
You never feel alone
Cause I’ve been lookin for someone
For so long now that it hurts
I was hoping I finally found you
for better or for worse
for better or for worse
See I was in love
a long time ago
Or so I thought but whoever really knows
It started out cool
I remember the feeling
Of being so high my head went straight through the ceiling
But the problem with that
I got so attached
That when it was over
Wait, I blocked out the rest
Cause things got cruel
Yeah they got pretty shitty
So I moved to a whole other city
Where I started over
Here I am
But will you
Say my name in the morning
When you don’t know your own
Tell me I am the reason
You never feel alone
Cause I’ve been lookin for someone
For so long now that it hurts
I was hoping I finally found you
for better or for worse
for better or for worse

Beat Up Blue

Written By: Justin Catalino

I could check out now
I chose coffee over tea
find a tiny town
loving living simply as can be
and escape
I could escape
I could live in a house
an old soul by the sea
a beat up blue Volvo
to get me around
to all the friends I could meet
yeah now’s my chance to run.
I could fall in love
as insane as it seems
find my meaning of
instead of chasing down my dreams
yeah, now’s my chance to run

Highway 1

Written By: Justin Catalino

It’s a great house for parties
So pour me a beer
We can laugh til the morning
When the summer sun clears
And enters the sky
It’s a brand new day
Can I kiss you for breakfast
With a side of your face
And if you were real
I would love you and love you
With all I could feel
I’ve got the wind in my hair
And the ocean in the air
Im feeling pretty strong
I even have my favorite song
But will I drive my life alone
Just coasting along Highway 1
I can’t believe that you’re here
This is my favorite bar
Let’s drive to the beach
and make out in the car
Under a sky
With two shooting stars
One for me one for you
Until life do us part
And if you were real
I would love you and love you
With all I could feel
I’ve got the wind in my hair
And the ocean in the air
Im feeling pretty strong
I even have my favorite song
But will I drive my life alone
Just coasting along Highway 1

Discography

Justin Catalino - Welcome to Vacationland

Set List

Say My Name in the Morning
Fire
I Chose You
No Ordinary Love (Sade)
Beat Up Blue
Standing on the Edge of a Cloud
Highway 1
When the Sky is Falling
Kiss (Prince)
Under a Big Blue Sky
China (Tori Amos)
Welcome to Vacationland