Following the release of album ‘Vices’ back in May and a supporting 20 date UK and European tour, with airplay across Kerrang!, BBC Introducing, Planet Rock and too many regional and online stations to mention, purveyors of the finest in scuzzed-up rock’n’roll – KATALINA KICKS – with a new bass player – released their brand new single ‘We Don’t Care’ on Friday 13th October 2017, with a supporting 8 date mini UK tour

The band says: ‘Our new single We Don’t Care is basically about people we have come across in our musical and life journeys who have pissed us off in one way or another. It’s a big f*ck you to people who lie & cheat others, those who create and spread fake news, dumbed down socialite media stars, politicians who deceive etc etc etc – all of which is done for selfish personal gain.’

‘The song was written in late August, played for the first time on a BBC Introducing live session on 2nd September, then recorded and mixed in September – with a very fast turnaround video from our long-time collaborator Robbie Johnston – all for a mid-October release, so everything came together really very quickly, which we take as a good sign. We wanted to move on quickly from the last album ‘Vices’, with new member Conor on board, who has brought a harder edge with more swagger and depth to it all, so expect a lot more like this and tons of live work in 2018!’

About Katalina Kicks
Katalina Kicks is a quintessentially West London band, first fashioned in the clatter and fume of Shepherds Bush. Even if they’ve changed postcodes since, their sound – urgent, questioning, loud and fierce – has never lost the urban beat of W12. Singer and guitarist Ian George is the last man standing from Katalina Kicks Mk I, once a punkish quartet who released an album named after their cat, stray moggy “Montague Rotter”, and found themselves accidentally sound-tracking a straight-to-DVD horror Z-Movie directed by the son of James Bond. “I’ve never watched it!” grimaces Ian of Jason Connery’s 51. “When we started we had an American publishing deal and that was one of the weird things that came of it. We got all of £3.50 for having a song in a crap film. So it’s taken a long time, and a lot of changing line-ups to get to where Katalina Kicks are today. I’ve always believed in the band. It’s just been a waiting game to find the right people.”

One such right person finally surfaced in the beard and flexing tattoos of Jase Wilkinson. Not so much born as smelted in Manchester, as a kid he’d wait for his stepdad to leave the house so he could sneak a listen to his Led Zeppelin vinyl. “And getting a whopping for it when he came home and found out.” Between John Bonham and hip hop, he fell in love with the drums, later moving to London, instinctively settling westwards off Ladbroke Grove, first blurring his limbs behind the kit of a ska band until a chance audition with Katalina Kicks. Which he failed. “Because he wore these dodgy heavy metal black leather fingerless gloves,” laughs Ian. “My first thought was, no way am I having THOSE in the band. But then a few weeks later I called him back. Before Jase our drummers had mostly been arseholes, mentally ill, drug addicts and glory-grabbers. He was none of those. He had the passion and the power I’d always needed… so long as he kept those bloody gloves off!”

In the meantime, bassists continued to fall by the wayside until a long-time friend of the band Conor Cotterill came on board after jamming with Jase and Ian through some new material. ‘It just clicked straight away’, says Jase. ‘Con was the missing link and brought a massive low-end rumble, swagger, bounce and musicality to the table, a bass that is both forceful and fluid, twisting in the lull between my rhythmic thunder!’

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Katalina Kicks have been a formidable core trio ever since. Together they play 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, they’ve also 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.”

SOURCE: Official Bio

Katalina Kicks are:
Ian George (vocals/guitar)
Conor Cotterill (bass/backing vox)
Jase Wilkinson (drums/backing vox)

‘Quite simply irresistible stuff, punk rock raising a middle finger at the establishment with craft and a lingering rock ‘n’ roll snarl… of the best moments, song wise, to be heard this year.’
– Ringmaster Review

‘London’s Katalina Kicks make a scuzzy rock n’ roll rumble that owes a debt to their heroes The Hives, The White Stripes, QOTSA and The Stooges… a full-tilt masterclass in garage rock’
– Team Rock

‘lethal and exciting’
– Room Thirteen

‘Wow! These guys can write a hook, anthem style chorus!’
– TotalRock Radio

‘“Vices” is their most dangerous and exhilarating record to date”
– Vive Le Rock, April 2017