Following the release of album ‘Vices’ back in May and a supporting 20 date UK and European tour in May and June 2017, purveyors of the finest in scuzzed-up rock’n’roll – KATALINA KICKS -release the double A-side of ‘Cold’ and ‘I Want the World’ on July 21st. Listen here & Listen here
The band are currently in the studio working on their next album and also booking a 10 date autumn tour, but in the meantime wanted to release a new double A-side single to keep themselves even busier over the summer!
Their new album, Vices, presents Katalina Kicks at their loudest, scuzziest and most politically aggrieved yet. 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 and Trump’s ludicrous response.
New single‘Cold’continues the assault, but is this time is aimed at the British Conservative government and their austerity cuts. ‘It was written following the start of austerity a few years ago, where the most vulnerable people in our society were targeted and alienated by George Osborne’ says songwriter Ian George. ‘I work alongside many people with disabilities and witnessed first-hand people losing their benefits for no reason at all – and the ensuing knock on effect this had on their health. I had people talking to me about their desperation and even hinting on suicide. This is totally wrong.’ ‘I recently listened back to the song and the lyrics could be equally viewed in a new light following the recent Grenfell tragedy, as although not written about this, there is still a total lack of understanding and compassion from this government. And that needs to change. We as a band started in Shepherds Bush and I lived (and still work) there for many years, so this tragedy really hit home when it happened. With this in mind we reached out to grime artist GT Solo, a prominent lyricist from South London, who fusesa blend of hiphop, grime and soul, standing out as an alternative hip-hop artist. Much of his lyrical content derives from personal and life experiences – and tackling social issues is an angle in which he believes to be of high importance. So we asked him to lay down a verse over a previously instrumental break in the song to bring his own message and flavour to it all.’
I Want the World softens the release, but still maintains a very positive message about identity and the struggle to achieve life goals.