Our first two releases have just hit your favorite digital service. Cattywompus’ 2003 “Backwards Evolution” and 2005 “Wildfire” now join the 2006 album “Gospel Hymns & Original Sins” on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and many more! Not only that, if you still love CD’s, Wildfire is now available for the first time online. Gospel Stream, download, enjoy the full catalog
October 10, 2005
Cattywompus Live on KEOS 89.1 Bryan, TX; Wildfire tour promotional stop.
Cattywompus Review By Gary Schwind "This 6-song, self-titled EP begins with "Tumbleweed Blues." This song features some fat guitar licks and solid work from the rhythm section. This tune is a hybrid of 70s guitar rock and blues..."
"Fans of both acoustic rock and classic rock should find something to satisfy them on this accomplished debut. It's a shame Cattywompus hasn't become more of a radio presence, for they are one of the better up and coming bands out on the scene today."
"Every musical influence that played a part in the eventual formation of Cattywompus manifests itself in each of the tracks, including The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, among countless others."
"...fat guitar licks...hybrid of 70's guitar rock and blues...guitar-driven goodness."
"Black Crowes style blues rock'n'roll. Great riffs, perfect tones. Great rock for guitar lovers."
"If you want a soundtrack to finishing a medium priced bottle of whiskey, then Wildfire is your album."
According to Wikipedia… Cattywompus formed in 2001 in West Hills, California (a suburb of Los Angeles) under the moniker Wine Lip. The band consisted of Jonathan Lennartz as vocalist and guitarist, Aaron Bateman on lead guitar, and brothers James and John Webber as bassist and back up vocals and drummer respectively.
Later in 2001, the band changed its name to Cattywompus, a word used by James’s and Jon’s high school football coach to describe opponents, and added Kevin Webber, James’s and John’s father, as a percussionist.
Just months after forming, Cattywompus played live shows at the popular University of California, Los Angeles pub, Westwood Brewing Company and at 14 Below in Santa Monica, California. Through the duration of 2002 and 2003 the band continued to play regular gigs at local bars and clubs throughout Los Angeles County.
In 2003, Cattywompus released its first EP entitled, “Backwards Evolution,” a five-track album which is now available across all streaming platforms. One song from this EP, “Beautiful,” was later re-recorded at Hen House Records for a video documentary series in 2004.
Cattywompus followed “Backwards Evolution” with the release of the “Wildfire,” in 2005. Though this EP was also independently produced by the band, it received assistance from Los Angeles audio engineer, Kent Hitchcock. This six-song EP garnered much attention and acclaim in the indie community and received reviews comparing the band to Lenny Kravitz and two of its major influences, The Rolling Stones and Neil Young. Critics noted the “tight rhythm section” of the band and the appeal to fans of both classic rock and modern acoustic rock. (rocknworld.com and allaccessmagazine.com)
In October of 2005, Cattywompus (minus Kevin Webber) embarked on its first tour. Within one month, the boys played to fans at sixteen shows in nine different states—from California to Florida. The tour greatly increased the band’s fan base and led to radio play on college radio stations and on the internet.
Sadly the excitement from the success of the tour was short lived. Not long after Cattywompus arrived home, Kevin Webber passed away due to cancer. Despite their mourning and to honor Kevin’s love for music, the band resumed playing shows and returned to the recording studio in early 2006.
“Gospel Hymns and Original Sins,” the first full-length release from the band, will be released in the first quarter of 2007. The LP was once again self-produced, but this time Cattywompus got some help. Artist/producer, Britt Phillips provided producing guidance; Thom Flowers mixed the tracks; and Evren Goknar at Capitol Records mastered the album. Reviews of the album observe the emotional charge behind the album as a result of Kevin’s passing but highlight the catchiness of the tunes and well composed harmonies which arouse a sense of nostalgia. (getunderground.com)
Jonathan Lennartz: Vocals & Guitar
Aaron Bateman: Lead Guitar
James Webber: Bass & Vocals
John Webber: Drums & Percussion
Kevin Webber: Percussion (2001 – 2005)