Hard hitting London alt rock band mixing the Clash and the Kinks with The Subways, The Hives, The Smashing Pumpkins, White Stripes, QOTSA and Nirvana.
Katalina Kicks was formed in 2009 in Shepherds Bush, West London. Fronted by Ian George, who belts out vocals until his throat bleeds while hammering his Telecaster; the man is not messing around. Wild man and hard hitting drum maniac Jase Wilkinson provides a unique blend of Moon and Bonhamesque heavy-hitting stick-work, madness and power alongside bass monster J Creswell, who brings swagger and a thunderous low-end punch to the proceedings.
The self-funded trio are the epitome of the DIY model. With a heyday pointing back to proper British punk, fusing it with garage rock and grunge, they mean business. They live to play. Hard. And play to live. Harder.
They recorded their debut album ’The Return of Montague Rotter’ in London's Air Edel studios, with debut single '145' released to critical acclaim, featuring as Track of the Day in Clash Magazine, playlisted across the UK and receiving numerous 5 star ratings, as well as a feature in the prestigious FT ’How to Spend It’ magazine. Their 2nd single ’Me’ was released to similar amazing reception, playlisted across the UK and also played on Absolute Radio. The debut album ‘The Return of Montague Rotter’ was released in the States in July 2011 and hit numerous CMJ Radio Charts. Their song ’Me’ was recently featured in US feature film ’51’ and their songs ’Helicopter’ and C Bomb were used in episodes of the hit ABC / Global TV Series ’Combat Hospital’, which lead to a feature in the ABC Music Lounge.
On the live front Katalina Kicks are more than creating a name for themselves across the UK with an insanely energetic show. 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, including a slot at the prestigious City Showcase: Spotlight London Festival; 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.
After the Stateside success of ‘The Return of Montague Rotter’, charting across the CMJ network, hitting # 1 in New York based ZTV’s Indie Music Video Charts with their video for 145 and reaching #3 on the Strummerville Charts with album track She Goes Where, the band spent spring 2012 in the States and Canada touring, including slots at SXSW and the Canadian Music Fest, bringing their insane live antics across the pond to eager North American audiences.
Early 2013 will see the release of a new EP and two singles, before the Kicks head off on tour and then back to the studio to record their 2nd album.
‘Track of the Day’ – Clash Magazine ‘Wow! These guys can write a hook,
anthem style chorus!’ – TotalRock Radio
‘Every song on their The Return of Montague Rotter is amazing’ -
'Tipping their hats to the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Bush and Placebo they stand out on today's scene of predominantly indie- centric live scene. Catch them before they are no longer whispers on the live circuit' - Subba Cultcha
'Fantastic Band!' - London ON Fm ‘Top New Band’ – Remote Goat
‘It’s the kind of thing to play full volume at the end of a tedious day’ -
Financial Times ‘How to Spend It’
'With real stage presence, the ability to put on a great live show and a front man who has something to say, this up and coming band is definitely one to watch out for' - International Life Magazine
’With the over-saturation of indie bands who promise excitement they can’t deliver, it’s incredibly refreshing to listen to a decent rock band who can deliver energy in the form of a three minute single. Combine the low end meatiness of the Hives, the artistic side of Queens of the Stone Age, the unique vocals of Placebo and the wah wah solos of Kirk Hammet and you get the raw power of 145, the latest single from Katalina Kicks’ – Music News
’Katalina Kicks would certainly not be out of place kicking up a storm on the rock stage at any major UK festival’ – UK Music Review
‘Lending from The Hives, Jimmy Eat World, The Enemy and especially fellow London favourites, Dogs, the four-piece still manage to create an original song, with flashes of flair invention and personality. Not just full of substance and charisma, Katalina Kicks deliver one of the best guitar solos likely to be found on record this year. Clearly they have the intelligence and relevance to write a song with an actual purpose but the pop sensibility and rock capability to make a damn catchy song at that. A lethal and exciting combination’ - Room Thirteen