Purveyors of the finest in scuzzed-up rock’n’roll – KATALINA KICKS – make their return with a thrilling new long-player ‘Vices’ and a feast of UK live dates this May.
Whetting appetites in the run up to the new album, the band accompany the announcement with the release of adrenaline-laced new single and featured track: ‘Cut It Up’.
The new album, Vices, 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?
Fans of the band will already be familiar with the Seattle-sized quake of teaser single ‘Guns’, a track written after watching Obama’s tearful reaction to the Sandy Hook school shooting. “It’s a song of despair,” frontman Ian George says of the track. “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.”
In support of the new album, the band will be hitting the road for a series of UK dates this May (see below). Offering insight into what to expect from the new album and forthcoming tour frontman Ian George says:
“We’re so excited about this album, as it has a real mix of songs and flavours – from our trademark high octane punk rock to slightly more chilled and sophisticated tracks, but all played with the same attitude! After spending a fair amount of last year in the studio, we’re really looking forward to getting on the road again and playing this new material to everyone.”
In addition, Katalina Kicks are delighted to announce they will be teaming up with fashion giant Paul Smith to bring you a series of intimate acoustic in-store sets at certain UK branches including Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham, London and Amsterdam to coincide the tour (dates as below, times tbc). Speaking about the Paul Smith acoustic sets ahead, Ian says:
“We started breaking our songs down to do some acoustic shows late last year and that was a real challenge, but they went down really well, surprising many people! So that element of the tour playing the Paul Smith shows should be great too to give people a flavour of our slightly more chilled (but still fun and energetic!) side.”
KATALINA KICKS will play the following dates in 2017….
4th May – The Spinning Top, Stockport
5th May – Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham
( + Paul Smith In Store earlier in the day at Birmingham branch)
9th May – Trillians, Newcastle
10th May – O2 Academy 2, Islington, London (launch party)
( + Paul Smith In Store earlier in the day at London branch)
12th May – The Shed, Leicester
( + Paul Smith In Store earlier in the day at Nottingham branch)
13th May – Retro Bar, Manchester
( + Paul Smith In Store earlier in the day at Manchester branch)
14th May – West Street Live, Sheffield
( + Paul Smith In Store earlier in the day at Leeds branch)
16th May – Horns, Watford
Fri 19th May – Sofar, Amsterdam
Sat 20th May – ‘Beardsterdam’ Festival, Het Sieraad, Amsterdam
Sun 21st May – The Waterhole, Amsterdam