Founding members Stephen Glenn (vocals, guitar) and Tom Theall (drums) met in 2010. An obsession for sharing and discussing music soon turned into acoustic jam sessions. A grooving surf sound began to emerge with guitar sound that range from pristine to colorfully mangled. Catamaran released their first EP Weekdays in 2014 along with the addition of Chris Escarfullery (bass, keys) who joined the group full-time. After touring the mid-west in 2014, the band has earned fans the hard way, booking shows and playing bigger venues alongside larger acts including The Polyphonic Spree, Brett Dennen, and CHAPPO.
The name Catamaran came about during a late-night summer pool party. The two-hulled boat proved to be a durable vehicle for their sound—able to transmit the awe, joy, and loneliness of the outdoors with a deeply inward narrative that examines personal relationships in the context of social sea change.