If you want to find yourself anew, it's best to look for something that has been tried and tested. CATAPULTS from Oldenburg take this approach to life twice to heart on their debut album: On “I'll Be Honest” the band celebrates a captivating and approachable mixture of emo and skate punk, which is in the tradition of great genre representatives such as Spanish Love Songs , The Hotelier or The Wonder Years, with an inimitable DIY attitude and unlimited joy of playing, but still achieved a fresh independence. At the same time, the band is always looking for the new in the old through their approach to life. Upcycling plays a central role on the record, which is perhaps exactly the album that the skate scene needed in a time that was demanding for sustainability.
This attitude to life from CATAPULTS is particularly evident in the music video for the lead single IF YOU DON'T MATTER - NOTHING DOES, for which the band built a guitar out of old skateboards. In the third single EVERYTHING (I WISH I COULD CLAIM TO BE) CATAPULTS again celebrate self-realisation against all odds. For this purpose, they shot an inclusive music video for people with disabilities in collaboration with the Blaumeier studio in Bremen. CATAPULTS combine these thematic concepts with their characteristic mixture of energetic and at the same time light-footed instrumentals and a singing voice that skillfully breaks with conventions, but remains accessible at all times.
Even here it becomes clear which central role the honest attitude and social commitment play in the life and music of CATAPULTS. The band first had to come to this realization themselves when they sparked the initial spark for their debut album in mid-2019. After two DIY EPs and appearances at well-known festivals such as Rock Am Beckenrand , the album was supposed to be something big. A concept album, 15 tracks, with interludes, but also a complete storyline, please! All nonsense. Instead, the four Oldenburgers decided on a collection of 10 songs, which together form one of the most promising emo-punk albums on the German punk rock scene. Uncompromising openness and tough self-reflection create the framework for “I'll Be Honest ”