Image: Grace McVan, www.gracemcvanimages.com
June 13 2010
During last autumn’s London Design Festival I was seeking respite from my hectic show-visiting schedule, and found myself in a dark, underground club instead of the capital’s brightly-lit, design-filled galleries. Why? Because I’ve followed singer-songwriter Ian George’s tenacious progress for the past five years and was there to hear his new band, Katalina Kicks, playing live. The raw vocals and punchy rock tunes did not disappoint.
Now the band are releasing their first single, called 145 (Who You Are), available via iTunes and Amazon. George tells me that the song is a socio-political comment on identity. Whatever. I just like the gritty vocals, hammering bass lines and Kinks-cum-Clash-cum-Nirvana influences. It’s the kind of thing to play, full volume, at the end of a tedious day. Check out the band’s video on their website. Or catch them live – they give good show – at various summer gigs. And when the band eventually hit the big time, remember where you heard about them first.