A craigslist ad gone horribly wrong, 5 guys came together in a basement to hatch up some plan to combine every different influence each member brought to the table.
Not quite punk, but not too pop; this quintet will be sure to get everyone moving. Hailing from Saint Louis Missouri, Eat Sleep Catapult aims to make every show an event filled with laughs and catchy chorus’ that’ll have you singing on the way home. Produced by Kevin Gates, Pick up their debut EP “Little Did You Know…” on iTunes or stream it on every major music platform.
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourselves tell us a little bit about your band.
Hi! My name is Jordan, and I’m one of the guitarists for Eat Sleep Catapult.
I’m one of 5 members including Rease, who sings, Tyler plays bass, Scott plays drums and Jacob is the other half of guitars. If you’re a fan of older Fall Out Boy, Neck Deep or Taking Back Sunday then you might find yourselves delighted with this music. If not, you will be pleasantly surprised at least.
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
When I was young I’d spend 50% of my day causing with my father in his Dodge Avenger, blasting Lynard Skynard and Michael Jackson everywhere we went. He was a chiropractor, but under those scrubs he was a madman drummer. I never got to see him drum live but he always pushed me to become a musician. The other event that cemented all of that was my first concert in 2005, The Family Values tour with Korn, Flyleaf and some other acts. After seeing that I knew I wanted to do the same, to make memories with and for people to cherish for a lifetime. You can feel that sentiment resonate with everyone in the band.
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
Oof, When I was 14 I went to my local Wal-Mart and bought 3 albums; “Dark Side of the Moon” (Pink Floyd), “From Under The Cork Tree” (Fall Out Boy) and “Number of the Beast” (Iron Maiden). Looking back, I can see that my father influenced me heavily.
When did you first pick up your respective instrument?
At the age of 14 I was gifted my first Mexican Stratocaster. On that day i was cursed with being a leftie and shunned from ever enjoying a guitar shop again. The first few years were rough and I’m ashamed to say that my guitar gathered dust until the age of 16, when I got serious and also was gifted a Bass; My first love. So friends who haven’t picked up an instrument – don’t fret! Any one can pick up an instrument at any age.
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
I took a hard road. In fact, I’ll share some wisdom:
- Do not chance being homeless to move across the country to play with a band. Most people who would put you in this position are scum bags.
- A band should have a leader or a head representative of some sort, but it is ALWAYS a democracy.
- Touring is the equivalence of being voluntarily homeless, but with a product.
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
Shoutout to my heroes MC Bat Commander and The Aquabats. They taught me to be myself and that perseverance is the difference between an opener and a headliner.
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
Yes, the album “Insomniac” by Green Day was the blueprint for a sound I would only achieve a decade later.
The rawness of the guitars, the rabid poetry, the wonderful baselines by Mike Dirnt all combined into a classic I would take with me on a deserted Island. The sound of that album and “Bleach” by Nirvana made me delve into analog equipment helped build my ravenous hunger for musical knowledge.
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
That’s a hard toss up between two shows i’ve been to. The first was Lamb Of God, whose shows never disappoint. Randy Blythe is a true frontman in every sense of the word and his command of the crowd makes for the best mosh pits I’ve ever taken a swing in.
The second was by this artist named Bassnectar. Long story short, the bass was so loud that it moved the air and 15,000 people.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
Who doesn’t have ONE redeeming Nickelback song? Mine is “She Keeps Me Up”.
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
We released our first EP in August of 2018, titled “Little Did You Know?…” and after opening for some national acts we released our first music video! This Winter we’re gonna be bundled up writing some new heat (songs).
Where and when did you record it?
We were humbly accepted and recorded by the great Kevin Gates of Reach Audio in Springfield, MO. We recorded our debut album in his studio over the course of 8 days. I will never forget that I spent the entire 8 days in an Air BnB sleeping in a coat closet. Literally, a coat closet.
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
For the most part, it consists of one of us having an idea. After the idea is voiced, the other members of the band verbally harass and berate them. When the smoke clears we come out with a basic idea that gets fleshed out while recording. This way we can go in with 20 songs but leave with the best 10. Kevin then works his magic and makes sure to keep it from sucking too much.
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
We have taken to start booking shows outside of our state. We’re hopping onto the basement show circuit because theres nothing better than 60 people crammed into a room partying hard. We like to meet every single person who attends the shows. We’d like to think that will help get the ball rolling if people know we’re genuinely nice.
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
In our hometown of Saint Louis, it can be dog eat dog at times. We fit into the small niche of pop-punk bands who generally help each other out. The band tends to stay drama free but there is definitely and air of elitism among the regulars.
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
Never. STL used to bustling with small venues when I was growing up. All of that changed when pay-to-play became more prevalent among the promoters and the kids who’d show up couldn’t pay the bills. In our hometown we have about 3 places you can play as an up and comer, everything else being a venue with a 500 person minimum.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
I would like to see bands passing the torch and paying back by taking smaller acts on the road and to stop letting money do all of the talking. More local openers to get their name head with big acts.
on the other side, stop making shows with 16 bands playing in 4 hours.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
“Never Forget Your Towel”. – Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
That if you love your job you will never work again.
But the music industry is still and industry.
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
It’s weird coming from the earlier millennium where having computers and anything that waste analog being basically shunned. Now a days most everyone has a laptop with 808’s or a metronome for in-ears.
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
If It wasn’t for being a musician, I wouldn’t have a facebook. I hate how with all of this technology at our fingertips, the algorithms for any social media is stacked against bands with no money.
So moving forward what’s next for you?
We have another music video due January 2019! and hold onto your hats because we will have more music early this year!
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
I see it evolving like a dragonfly larvae into adulthood; The times will be treacherous and dire. But at the end everything will be beautiful and worth the struggles. Each day we grow and combine more influences into our music.
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
Being played on an IHeartRadio station would be nice.
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
The Wombats, The Pillows, The Aquabats, Gerard Way and the Hormones or Tyler the Creator. We will do horrible things for these slots. Horrible, horrible things.
“Hit Or Miss” music video