If you want to find yourself anew, start searching in the tried and tested. CATAPULTS from Oldenburg, Germany takes this attitude to heart on their debut album. On I’LL BE HONEST, the band celebrates a stirring mixture of emo and skate-punk in the tradition of great genre representatives such as Spanish Love Songs, The Hotelier or The Wonder Years, but still achieves a new independent sound with an inimitable DIY attitude and an infinite joy of playing. At the same time, the band is trying to find the new in the old. Up-Cycling plays a central role on the record and is therefore exactly the album the skate scene needed in a time of sustainability.
CATAPULTS display their attitude in the music video for the lead single IF YOU DON’T MATTER, NOTHING DOES, for which the band built a guitar from old skateboards. In their third single EVERYTHING (I WISH I COULD CLAIM TO BE) CATAPULTS once again celebrate self-realization against all odds. For this purpose, they shot an inclusive music video in cooperation with a studio for people with disabilities in Bremen, Germany. CATAPULTS combine these thematic concepts with their characteristic blend of energetic yet light-footed instrumentals and a singing voice that skillfully breaks with conventions but remains accessible at all times.
It becomes clear which central role honesty and social commitment play in the life and music of CATAPULTS. The band first had to come to this realization on their own when they set the initial spark for their debut album in mid-2019. After two DIY EP’s and appearances at renowned festivals in Germany, the album was to be something big. A concept album, 15 tracks, with interludes and a complete storyline. All nonsense! Instead, the four guys from Oldenburg decided to pick a collection of 10 songs, which together form on the most promising emo-punk records of the German punk rock scene.
Uncompromising openness and relentless self-reflection form the quintessence of I’LL BE HONEST. CATAPULTS recorded their debut album after almost a year of songwriting in March 2020, together with Sören Kucz, Tom Porcell and their longtime producer and friend Paul Zimmermann in the freshly built “Limetree Studios” near Hildesheim, Germany.
With I’LL BE HONEST, the band’s goal is to establish their music in the German emo and pop-punk scene and become a constant in the European punk rock market. The Label “Uncle M!”, through which the album will be released in March 2021, will help them to achieve this goal. Extended tours for 2021 as well as the first international shows are already planned in cooperation with the booking agency “Spider Promotion”.