How would you describe your music?
Our music is kinda hard to put a finger on. We get a lot of flak for sounding a lot like Blink-182, which for us isn’t a bad thing because we, collectively, are all influenced by Travis, Mark and Tom. But personally I think we sound akin to Neck Deep sans the British singer and more of an affinity for jazz. I’m not sure if it’s the melodies we use, but we are definitely for fans of the punk rock genre.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Our history? That’s a bit of a funny story – see, this entire project started from a craigslist ad. Our singer Rease used to be in a band playing as a guitarist. The band was more of a alternative project and I guess they had a falling out for that reason. (Although rumour has it they did it because Rease is certifiably homosexual.) So he put out an ad and caught the attention of our drummer, Scott. Scott had actually just gone through a hiatus of playing the drums to pursue the big time career of working head of distribution for Purina. However, after a fateful Green Day concert with a long-time friend, he picked them back up and found Rease’s ad. Jacob was a fresh artist. Before this band he didn’t have any experience performing. He sent an email and sold the band with his awesome library of guitar riffs. The guys phone has too many memos. Dan on the other hand, has been touring nationally in bands 7 years prior. Joining originally to play bass, Dan stepped up to the guitars second slot because the original player had to move to Virginia. Which then brings in Tyler who came in last. He worked a soul sucking job at Wal-Mart and had a dream of always playing in a punk band of some sort. He answered the ad and quit his job to play bass. But yeah, somehow the stars aligned and Eat Sleep Catapult was born. No one knew of the other before the ad.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Rease is definitely a Blink fan, and loves the stylings of Taking Back Sunday. Scott is inspired by the Foo Fighters. Jacob is inspired by Silverstein or The Amity Affliction Tyler loves Bowling For Soup and strangely enough, Tyler the Creator. Dan grew up listening to The Pillows and has a deep love for The Aquabats.
What inspires you?
We are all inspired by the potential to do good. We want to share music with people to make memories, lasting relationships and better times. There are times when things get rough for everybody and it’s music that a lot of the time, help people forge ahead with their lives and get closure in an otherwise terrible situation.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Seeing as we don’t have many touring days under our belt I’d have to say that we definitely enjoy writing more in a studio setting. Having someone different from the band who you can bounce ideas off, people to collaborate with, makes a better product in our minds.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Our favourite song to perform live is “I Can….’t”. Unanimously, This song is always a joy to play and only takes the backburner to our song “All The Same”. We wrote “I Can’t” last in the whole writing phase of our project and it was the one that the entire band wrote a piece of. Everyone loves singing along with the melody of the song and The distinctive jazz guitar in the background make it hard not to dance even for ourselves.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
We would love to tour with anybody at this point, but for a dream tour?…We’d love to tour with Tyler the Creator, with support from Citizen. the line-up would be multi-genre and would have so much energy and music for everyone. Plus, both artists are dope.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Our current thoughts on the music industry are this; It’s amazing how you can pick up a guitar and follow your dream more than ever before, but the over-saturation in the industry make it easy to under value music. We need to put value in our music/art again.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We haven’t had a tour under our belts as our current band, but one time we were out on tour and our bus blew up 5 miles from the border of Colorado. We got our vehicle up and running enough to limp back to KC where we financed a shuttle. on the way there however, our engine blew up. Fire. Smoke everywhere. A trucker found us on the side of the road and was kind enough to finish his shift not too far away and get his own personal truck to tow us BY ROPE 30 miles in the darkness. It was crazy. We ended up selling the band van for 100 bucks to afford a hotel so we didn’t have to camp under the stars.next morning we got our shuttle and continued the tour.
What are your future plans?
Our future plans include a couple music videos for your viewing pleasure, and acoustic EP and maybe another LP by the end of the year?… haha, just wait and see!