“Tipping their hats to the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Bush and Placebo, they stand out on today’s predominantly indie-centric live scene. Catch them before they are no longer whispers on the live circuit.”
– SUBBA CULTCHA
The West London Grunge-Punkers Katalina Kicks have been destroying British stages with their blend of heavy-hitting rock since 2009 and now promise to bring their energy and aggression to stages in Canada for Canadian Music Week.
The self-funded 3-piece are the epitome of the DIY model. With a heyday pointing back to proper British punk, fused with garage rock and grunge, they mean business. They live to play. Hard. And play to live. Harder.
The trio is fronted by Ian George, who belts it out until his throat bleeds while hammering his Telecaster–the man is not messing about! Kam Kappa, blazing beat-maker, provides thunderous rhythm reminiscent of Bonham, Moon & Grohl. J Creswell is the filth merchant, with cowboy boots and a vintage Rickenbacker, a serious party animal–everything you expect in a bass-player.
Well known for their wild on and off stage antics, banned from the World-famous 100 Club for stage destruction (ironically the original “home of punk”), touring extensively across the UK in 2011, headlining a sell-out CLUB NME show at the famous London venue KOKO; and renown for staging crowd pleasing mini soap-operas every time they appear on stage, the band has the music and the swagger to carry it off.
The band’s debut album The Return of Montague Rotter was recorded in Baker Street’s Air Edel Studios and released in the US in July 2011. The debut single “145” received critical acclaim, was featured as Track of the Day in Clash Magazine, and was play listed across the UK, receiving numerous 5 star ratings, as well as a feature in the Financial Times’s howtospendit.com.
The band plans to spend early 2012 in the States touring, bringing their insane antics across the pond to North American audiences. They will play 4 Canadian dates, including a showcase at the Canadian Music Festival in March 2012.
“Who needs a record company these days when you’ve got the internet, a van, and a Marshall stack – we’re going on an adventure and it’s going to get loose. It’s about getting our music out there, the people we meet, living fast and smashing sh*t up. Simple. We’re not for sale. We’re not going to be bought and repackaged into the Kings of f****ng Leon. We’re real. That’s what being in a rock band is and should be about.”
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