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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Katalina Kicks

Image may contain: 3 people, people standing and beardKatalina Kicks profess to playing simple and direct heavy garage rock’n’roll: power chords and pummelling rhythms, fuzzy guitar and throbbing bass, big riffs and shouted choruses, pin-balling between grunge, punk and heavy blues. 

In Ian George Katalina Kicks also have a songwriter who can’t help but use his band as a platform to air his anxieties about the world around him. 

“I would never pigeonhole us as a ‘political band’,” he explains. “I just write about things I see and hear that upset me. We’re not preaching at anyone or trying to change the world. We’re just saying these are the things that affect and worry us. They’re too important not to talk about, whether in conversation or in rock’n’roll. That’s all we try to do.” 

Image may contain: 3 people, textTheir new album, Vices is set for release next month and presents Katalina Kicks at their loudest, scuzziest and most politically aggrieved yet. But then opening with a 'cameo' from Donald Trump, how could it not be? The Seattle-sized quake of Guns was written after watching Obama’s tearful reaction to the Sandy Hook school shooting. 

“It’s a song of despair,” says Ian. “The most powerful man in the world, and even he can’t stop the gun madness in his own country. And then after the Paris attacks, Trump said that terrifying quote about if people had guns, less people would have been hurt. So we sampled that just to show the absurdity.”

The ten tracks of Vices are reassurance to anyone fearing that contemporary rock may have lost its conscience. In their musical echoes of the past, Katalina Kicks speak volumes about our present. A volume the world needs turning up louder than ever. 

Katalina Kicks are: Ian George (vocals/guitar), Nadia Silverstone (bass/backing vox), Jase Wilkinson (drums/backing vox).


Thu 4th May - The Spinning Top, Stockport 

Fri 5th May - Paul Smith store, Birmingham 

Fri 5th May - Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham 

Tue 9th May - Trillians, Newcastle

Wed 10th May - VICES LAUNCH PARTY at the O2 Academy2 Islington, London BUY TICKETS

Fri 12th May - Paul Smith store, Nottingham

Fri 12th May - The Shed, Leicester

Sat 13th May - Retro Bar, Manchester

Sun 14th May - Paul Smith store, Leeds

Sun 14th May - West Street Live, Sheffield

Tue 16th May - Horns, Watford

Thu 18th May - Paul Smith at Beak Street store, London

Sat 20th May - 'Beardsterdam' Festival, Het Sieraad, Amsterdam 

Sun 21st May - Paul Smith, Amsterdam

Sun 21st May - The Waterhole, Amsterdam

Thu 1st June - The Dulcimer, Chorlton

Sat 10th June - 'Camden Rocks Presents' at Proud Camden, London.