Watch: Resinated – Fired Up

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Florida’s Resinated signed with Ballyhoo!’s Right Coast Records as they gear up for the Feb 10th 2015 release of their new album Smoke Signals. Pre-orders for the new album begin on Friday, Nov 28th and have released a new music video, that shows a group of women flaunting ass with wedgies and roller-skates for the new song “Fired Up”. Read more about the new album HERE! Enjoy the song video below…

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Passafire’s 2015 Winter Tour w/ Tatanka

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Along with a chance to start fresh, the start of a new year also means that the winter touring season has begun or is already in progress. On January 15th, Passafire will be teaming up with Tatanka for their 2015 Winter Tour.
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The short run features just under 20 shows and should offer a nice change of pace in between bands as they each have a unique approach to playing reggae-influenced music. Passafire, from Savannah, Georgia, is known for their progressive alternative-rock style while Tatanka, from Denver, Colorado, specializes in a dub-infused performance. Each quartet is backed by steady drum patterns, solid key-work, funky bass lines and an array of guitar solos.

Passafire is currently wrapping up their Fall Tour 2014 in which they have been debuting new songs off their upcoming album throughout each performance. The entire tour has included a number of different artists joining Passafire on select dates across the nation. Some of the supporting acts have consisted of bands like The Hip Abduction, T.U.G.G., Dub Architect, and many more. Also in the mix was a west coast run with Los Angeles’ The Expanders before the tour made its way back east. However, the shows along the California coast were not to be concluded before making a stop in Monterey to play at the Autumn Roots Festival presented by the founders of Cali-Roots.

Tatanka is currently riding a wave of success brought on by their self-titled, Sept. 9th full-length release. The 12-track album, produced by E.N Young of Tribal Seeds and released under his Roots Musician Records label, received nearly 3.5 stars in The Pier’s official review of the album while also debuting at number 1 on the iTunes Reggae charts. Ted Bowne of Passafire is featured on track 10 of the album, titled “The Yard,” so be on the lookout for a possible on-stage collaboration between the two bands.

Make sure to check the dates below to see when Passafire and Tatanka will be in a city near you!

passafire Tour Dates

Related Links:
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Article By: David Garcia
Photo By: Amanda Zancanella

Passafire Ballyhoo! – “Easy” (The Commodores Cover)

Tatanka – “Make It Count”

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MOTM Part 3 and MUST DO’s in Key West!

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Later that evening we headed over to The Bull where Kelly McGuire was playing and hosting the Atlanta Parrot Head event there. Lots of friends were there as well! Key West / NJ resident and pal Beth Schreier (she was also at Schooner! She gets around!), Dianna Greenfield Christ, Pablo Heins, Art Hessen, Darlene Hessen, Jeff Lange, Debbie Simmons, Lee Simmons, Micki Greer, Fred Wunder, Rich McGuire, Michelle Tafoya, Brian Fields, …the list went on and on! A typical Bull evening too! Lots and lots of laughs all night long!

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Complements to Mike Miller for organizing this great event!

Mr. Andy Westcott playing for the Hugo Duarte fundraiser at Captain Tony’s

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(Sam Rainwater)


MUST DO’s IN KEY WEST

On an odd note, at the aforementioned Sunday event at Captain Tony’s, Dani and I started off with a song of mine, “Sailing”. Before we started I got on the mic and asked how many people in the house had been out on the water since they’ve been here? No one raised their hands. I thought maybe no one heard me, so I asked again. Again nothing. So I said “No one’s been out on the water?”. Nothing. We went on with our set and all went great and we were well received!

“SAILING” 

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Thanks!

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Review: The Movement – Beneath The Palms

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The Movement – Beneath The Palms (Acoustic)
mvmt_beneath_the_palms22Track Listing:
1.) Ocho Rios
2.) Hola
3.) Mile High
4.) Echo
5.) Moonshine
6.) Small Axe (Bob Marley Cover)
7.) Sweet Life
8.) Habit
9.) Gift
10.) Another Man’s Shoes
11.) Get Ready (Sublime cover)

The Pier Album Rating:

Release Date: Nov 24th, 2014
Record Label: Independent
Official Website: The Movement Website

Artist Background:
Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, the reggae-rock group The Movement was formed in 2004 by a trio of Sublime and Pixies fans. Joshua Swain, Jordan Miller, and John Ruff, aka DJ Riggles, launched The Movement with their “alternative reggae” debut album, “On Your Feet.” In 2008, the group met Chris DiBeneditto, a Philadelphia-based producer who had worked with like-minded acts such as Slightly Stoopid and G. Love Special Sauce. Relocating to Philadelphia, they recorded 2008′s “Set Sail” at DiBeneditto’s Philadelphonic Studios. The Movement expanded with the addition of Gary Jackson on drums and Jason “Smiles” Schmidt on bass. In 2012, Miller left the group, and the trio, now fronted by Swain, released their fourth album “Side By Side,” in 2013.

In 2014, the group added Keyboardist/Producer, Brendan Dane, aka Alific, to the group. Now, The Movement has released a live acoustic album titled Beneath The Palms that is made up of 11 songs, including 2 covers, recorded at two separate locations. Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 were recorded at The Compound Studio, outside on the front porch, in Valley Center, CA. Those tracks were engineered mixed by Shelby Meddock. Tracks, 4, 6, 8 and 10 were recorded with Sugar Shack in Bonita Springs, FL from their Sugarshack Video Sessions and were engineered by Alex Casement and mixed by Brendan Dane. The entire album was then mastered by Danny Kalb in Columbus, OH with cover-art by Kc Cowan

Album Review:
This all acoustic album better identifies The Movement as being side by side, showing fans how well they sound when performing raw uncut. If you’re looking for an all acoustic album in the realm of Slightly Stoopid’s Live Direct: Acoustic Roots, look no further than this surprise release by The Movement.

Beneath The Palms includes Joshua Swain on vocals acoustic rhythm guitar, while Gary Jackson plays the drums as we hear Jason “Smiles” Schmidt on acoustic lead guitar, providing back-up vocals with occasional bass. Alific contributes keys during the Sugarshack session on songs “Echo”, “Small Axe”, “Habit”, and “Another Man’s Shoes”.

Joshua’s soulful vulnerability can be heard through his raspy, nasally sometimes slurred delivery, best compared to a down the middle cross between Slightly Stoopid’s Kyle McDonald and Sublimes Bradley Nowell.

This is every bit of a live acoustic album as you’ll hear with offbeat whistling, talking, yelling, shout-outs heavy breathing. Performing acoustic and stripped down music shouldn’t be perfect or over-produced. All of those unplanned nuances, noises and effects that naturally make their way onto the recording, is all the extra production that’s needed for any Acoustic release.

This is an album that you turn up to JAM, not to bump. It screams energy with soul coming off the free spirited performance of aggressive finger plucking subtle drums with occasional keys. You can hear what each instrument is doing and how it’s communicating with the other parts, enabling an intimate experience with the music for the listener.

There couldn’t be a better example of both spirit soul, then on the performance cover of Bob Marley’s “Small Axe”. This is the albums best performance and now one of my favorite covers. It’s not just the singing and the playing, but the overall emotion that affectionately pours out, making it one of the more captivating songs on the album.

Some of the stand-out songs for me were “Ocho Rios”, “Hola”, “Small Axe” and “Habit”. There weren’t any songs that I skipped I did become a new fan of older songs that didn’t win me over on previous releases with “Another Man’s Shoes”, “Sweet Life”, “Gift” and “Mile High”. All of the songs were enjoyable, but the aforementioned just seem to elicit more emotion, spirit soul.

They revisit songs from each of their previous albums, with the exception of One More Night (when Josh Swain wasn’t in the band). Even songs where former vocalist Jordan Miller was previously featured, his parts go unnoticed and unquestioned as Joshua makes the song his own in a stripped down environment.

The Movement does a fine job with making their past songs a nostalgic memory of what they were, but new innovative enough to further appreciate the alternative mix. This was the case with their cover of Sublime’s “Get Ready”, “Hola” as well as hearing “Habit” with the subtle addition of Alific on keys.

Beneath The Palms isn’t a ground breaking album and they didn’t reinvent the wheel, nor did they have to. This is music being performed and enjoyed the way it was intended. It’s live raw with natural energy that you can’t help but to gravitate towards. There are a lot of bands that hide behind the production of a studio or playing live on top of a click-track, but Beneath The Palms further displays that The Movement can deliver just fine in its primitive form.

I was a bit disappointed that newer songs weren’t introduced and performed. Beneath The Palms, however, is a release that could be a great first impression to any new Movement fan and for longtime fans, it’s enough for you to drool over. This album reaffirms The Movement’s side by side chemistry musical depth by solely confidently relying on their own raw talent to deliver something truly enjoyable.

Written Reviewed By: Mike Patti

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Watch: The Movement – “Small Axe” (Bob Marley Cover)

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VP Records ‘Strictly The Best’ After 35 Years

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Marking 35 years of business in the US, VP Records is celebrating this huge milestone with the return of Strictly The Best (Vol. 50 51), the album series that has brought the best in the world of Caribbean reggae!

This special edition version of Strictly The Best Volumes 50 and 51 will be released November 25 with 4 CDs and album artwork illustrated by legendary artist Michael Thompson. Each volume has double discs – one filled with the latest trendsetting hits plus a bonus disc highlighting the series’ “top vintage selections over the years.” 1526721_10153344940223327_2668371492210568673_n

Opening a record store in New York, back in the mid-1970s, both Vincent “Randy” Chin and his wife Patricia Chin found opportunity in VP Records retail store after moving from Kingston, Jamaica. Randy went from maintaining jukeboxes to recording the cream of the reggae scene after years of success from their Jamaica, Queens location. Ever since 1993, VP Records Label has literally produced many of the top performers in the reggae industry, including Barrington Levy, Dennis Brown, Alborosie, Gregory Isaacs, and Shaggy. They continue to bring the hottest artists and compilations to the fore-front of the genre.

“Roots and lover’s rock” collection, Volume 50′s first disc includes new hits from rising stars Toian, Ikaya, Christopher Martin, Duane Stephenson, and Romain Virgo and the best of today’s leading singers Etana, Jah Cure, J Boog, and Gyptian. Check out the classic bonus disc from reggae icons including Jacob Miller, Half Pint, Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, and Tarrus Riley.

The best in the dancehall arena, Volume 51 features the newest hits from Busy Signal, Spice, Major Lazer, Mavado and Elephant Man. Don’t miss the bonus disc with legendary dancehall tunes spanning the entire era, including Eek-A-Mouse, Yellowman, Ini Kamoze, Buju Banton, Beenie Man and Sean Paul.

This album series sticks to VP’s slogan “Miles Ahead in Reggae Music” and really is a unique compilation that is strictly the best in the world of music. You can tream select songs on Soundcloud by clicking HERE!

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Article By: David Shaw

Check out the STB playlist on YouTube: smarturl.it/STB5051YT

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Phoenix Margaritaville to Close

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From BizJournals.com: “Wastin’ away: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Westgate to close

It’s last call at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The casual restaurant chain is closing down its Glendale location at the Westgate Entertainment District, which originally opened there in 2007.

Westgate officials confirmed the restaurant will close by the end of the year.

“We anticipated and have been planning for the closure of Margaritaville,” Jeff Teetsel, development manager for Westgate, said in an email. “As we’ve successfully implemented elsewhere in the center, we will repurpose the space with tenants that are in line with current market and entertainment trends as the exciting evolution of Westgate Entertainment District continues.”

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The weather

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Like most of the country the big story in Destin this week was the weather. We didn’t get anything severe, just some cold temps. Destin got down to the low 30’s but north of the bay the temps were down into the mid 20’s. I know for someplace like Buffalo that had some areas get up to 8 feet of snow, a little cold weather with sunshine is perfect winter weather but here in Destin we had to actually put on long pants and socks! Oh no…..

This has been a quiet week for Sunshine Cindy and me. We stayed in each evening. I did some Crab Island Mambo work but I mostly just relaxed.

Things are kind of quiet around town too. There was an announcement that Goodyear is opening a service center store on an empty lot in front of Home Depot. I have used Goodyear for tires so it will be nice to have a place closer to the house.

I want to remind everyone about our Crab Island Mambo “Holiday CHAOS” party on Saturday November 29th. We will party down at KC’s Tapworks Bar (or out at the Sandbar if the weather cooperates) from 3-7 pm. Music will be provided by Stevie Hall. We will have food to munch on and you will receive a wrist band to get 20% off your entire tab during the show. We will have a 50/50 raffle and some special surprises. No cover charge either.  Everyone is welcome to join us to celebrate the holiday season. https://www.facebook.com/events/652545271528596/?ref=2ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Short and sweet today. Have a great weekend. See ya Monday!

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Artist Radar: Katastro

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This week, we would like to re-introduce Katastro, who made our Artist Radar feature a few years ago. Since then, the 4 piece alternative outfit from Tempe, AZ has been making waves in the music scene, forcing us to spotlight them once again.

Katastro formed in 2007 with vocalist Any Chaves, drummer Andrew Stravers, and guitarist Tanner Riccio, with bassist Ryan Weddle joining a little later on. They have released 5 EPs to date, including their latest entitled No Mud No Lotus, which was released on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

[Related: Katastro’s New ‘No Mud No Lotus’ EP]

With a brand new EP that has charted as high as #24 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, as well as their single “Runaway” reaching #1 on SoundCloud’s Trending Alternative Chart while notching almost 80,000 streams, this release is already poised to be the band’s most successful yet.

Following up on the release, Katastro will be hitting the road in January with The Expendables, Ballyhoo!, and Fortunate Youth for the 2015 Winter Blackout Tour, spanning almost 40 dates across the country.

I was able to speak with drummer Andrew Stravers to get caught up on the new album, some history of the band, and an epic show with the Dirty Heads over the summer – Enjoy!

Artist Radar: Katastro

The Pier: So we actually featured you guys a few years ago…
Andrew: Yeah man, that was our last album release, it’s been too long. We’re finally putting out a new record, which is good.

The Pier: That’s what I heard, and the new record is No Mud No Lotus? What can you tell me about it?
Andrew: So we moved home from California back to Tempe, Arizona in May. Right when we got home we went directly into the studio for a month to this place called Red Mountain Studios in Tempe. We worked with a producer named Curtis Douglas. We had a lot of songs written and a lot of ideas and riffs written. It was our first time really working with a producer to help us piece things together and make the songs sound a lot better. We worked really hard in pre-production for about two weeks before we started tracking everything, and literally in the studio every single day for 8 or 9 hours for like a month. We ended up with about 8 solid songs that we loved, and we’re adding an intro. It’s been a long process, and it’s something we’ve been waiting a while to do.

The Pier: The name, No Mud No Lotus, where does that come from?
Andrew: I actually got the name from a friend that I made in Huntington Beach that told me about this saying. It means “without suffering you can’t have happiness”. They go hand in hand. The lotus flower is one of the most beautiful flowers, Katastrobut it can only grow in mud. So I brought the name up to the band and everyone liked it and thought it had a cool meaning for us because we’ve all been through a lot in the last 6 or 7 years. We’ve worked really hard on this record and think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done, so the whole name and a lot of Andy’s lyrics to the record, just work and everyone really liked it.

The Pier: Any other artists that you guys have been listening to that helped feed the inspiration for the record?
Andrew: Everyone in the band is always listening to different stuff. I don’t know. I mean maybe subconsciously it has something to do with our inspiration towards writing, but I don’t think we ever sit down and write a song ‘like this band’ or ‘lets do this’. I think we’re still kind of finding out our sound as a band, and I think more and more that’s starting to happen. I mean there’s definitely bands that we’ve all been into. I know we all really like Alt-J, and Tanner showed me this dude, recently, named Chet Faker whose really cool. I mean that’s all way different from our music, so I don’t know.

The Pier: So you guys have been a band for what, like 7 years?
Andrew: Yeah, I think it’s almost 7 years. We started the band the summer before our senior year of high school, so the summer of 2007. So yeah it’s been a while.

The Pier: I know you said you’ve gone through a lot, personally and as a band, but is there anything since the last release in particular that influenced this record?
Andrew: Yeah, we all moved out to California and lived together for two years. We toured a lot, just played a ton of shows, and worked really really hard, and this record is something we can show for it. We opened up that Dirty Heads and Pepper Tour, which was the largest show that we’ve ever done. It was like 28 shows in 25 days all across the U.S.

The Pier: Wow that’s a lot! How was playing Red Rocks with both of those bands and Aer? It must have been awesome.
Andrew: Yeah man, it was a pretty surreal thing for all of us. I don’t think any of us ever thought we’d play at Red Rocks. We’ve all like watched live videos on YouTube or whatever of our favorite bands playing there, and I think it was actually the coolest “building” I’ve ever been in, like in my life (laughs). Technically it’s not even a building, just a really cool structure carved out of rock. But that was amazing and I think Dirty Heads sold it out. There was probably over 9,000 people by the end of the night. It was nutty man, like really fun.

The Pier: Yeah man we actually had some of our staff at that show.
Andrew: Yeah, there was huge storm that rolled in right before we were about to go on stage, and we were afraid that our set was going to get cut. Like one of the Dirty Heads’ keyboards fell over and broke and the crew was running around like crazy. But luckily it stopped raining, like five minutes before we were supposed to play, so we went on a few minutes late, but we still got to get in the whole set. It did start raining during our set, but the crowd was just amazing. People out in Colorado are just awesome fans. They were super into it and they just made it a super fun and enjoyable experience.

The Pier: That’s rad. I actually got to see you guys for the first time out in Cali, at Cali-Roots. And even though you’ve played with bands like Dirty Heads, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Pacific Dub and some of these, “reggae-rock” bands, but you guys aren’t really reggae-rock at all.
Andrew: Yeah, really, not at all (laughs) which is funny cause kids call it that and stuff because we’re associated with all these bands, which is cool. Honestly, we owe Katastroso much gratitude to the reggae-rock scene and we’re so grateful to be part of such an awesome community of bands and people. Everyone at the shows are awesome and nice. But we’ve never really played any reggae stuff, I think we would consider ourselves more alternative rock, with funk and elements of hip-hop and different stuff we all grew up listening too. It’s cool that people dig it, eventhough it’s not reggae. If people like it, then that’s awesome.

The Pier: What did you think the crowd was like in Cali-Roots, having that early set?
Andrew: It’s awesome. There was still way more people than we thought, considering we were the first band of the day. We were stoked. We had a great time out there this year.

The Pier: Any other festivals you guys are looking to try and get on?
Andrew: Oh man, there’s a bunch we’d love to play at. I’m definitely hoping to play South By Southwest. I don’t know off the top of my head, but once we hit January and February, we’ll be looking to book some cool stuff in the new year.

The Pier: Hopefully you guys make it out to the east coast and I can catch you out in Philly, I think I missed you the last time you guys were here.
Andrew: (Laughs) You know what man, that’s actually the only show we missed on the tour. It was our first time driving on the east coast and we had a van and a trailer and everything and we actually took the wrong route and ended up driving right to the fucking Bronx, during rush hour (laughs). We ended up missing the show and still had all these van issues and it was literally the worst day ever. We ended up getting to the venue like 30 minutes after our set time ended. We barely missed it, but yeah it was bad.

The Pier: Damn (laughs) that’s funny. Where were you guys coming from?
Andrew: I wanna say we we’re coming from like Chicago or something, but honestly I forget we were super bummed dude.

The Pier: Well good thing I missed that show, or I would have ripped in to you guys for missing it! (Laughs)
Andrew: Yeah man, we were definitely bummed, but nothing we could do about it.

The Pier: Yeah it’s cool man, well hopefully I’ll catch you next time around, but if not, good luck with the record and rest of the year!
Andrew: Awesome. Thanks dude. Looking forward to it.

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Article By: Andrew McClatchy

Watch: Katastro – “Runaway” (Lyrical Video)

Watch: Katastro – “Counting Stars” (One Republic Cover)

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Artist Radar: Katastro

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This week, we would like to re-introduce Katastro, who made our Artist Radar feature a few years ago. Since then, the 4 piece alternative outfit from Tempe, AZ has been making waves in the music scene, forcing us to spotlight them once again.

Katastro formed in 2007 with vocalist Any Chaves, drummer Andrew Stravers, and guitarist Tanner Riccio, with bassist Ryan Weddle joining a little later on. They have released 5 EPs to date, including their latest entitled No Mud No Lotus, which was released on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

[Related: Katastro’s New ‘No Mud No Lotus’ EP]

With a brand new EP that has charted as high as #24 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, as well as their single “Runaway” reaching #1 on SoundCloud’s Trending Alternative Chart while notching almost 80,000 streams, this release is already poised to be the band’s most successful yet.

Following up on the release, Katastro will be hitting the road in January with The Expendables, Ballyhoo!, and Fortunate Youth for the 2015 Winter Blackout Tour, spanning almost 40 dates across the country.

I was able to speak with drummer Andrew Stravers to get caught up on the new album, some history of the band, and an epic show with the Dirty Heads over the summer – Enjoy!

Artist Radar: Katastro

The Pier: So we actually featured you guys a few years ago…
Andrew: Yeah man, that was our last album release, it’s been too long. We’re finally putting out a new record, which is good.

The Pier: That’s what I heard, and the new record is No Mud No Lotus? What can you tell me about it?
Andrew: So we moved home from California back to Tempe, Arizona in May. Right when we got home we went directly into the studio for a month to this place called Red Mountain Studios in Tempe. We worked with a producer named Curtis Douglas. We had a lot of songs written and a lot of ideas and riffs written. It was our first time really working with a producer to help us piece things together and make the songs sound a lot better. We worked really hard in pre-production for about two weeks before we started tracking everything, and literally in the studio every single day for 8 or 9 hours for like a month. We ended up with about 8 solid songs that we loved, and we’re adding an intro. It’s been a long process, and it’s something we’ve been waiting a while to do.

The Pier: The name, No Mud No Lotus, where does that come from?
Andrew: I actually got the name from a friend that I made in Huntington Beach that told me about this saying. It means “without suffering you can’t have happiness”. They go hand in hand. The lotus flower is one of the most beautiful flowers, Katastrobut it can only grow in mud. So I brought the name up to the band and everyone liked it and thought it had a cool meaning for us because we’ve all been through a lot in the last 6 or 7 years. We’ve worked really hard on this record and think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done, so the whole name and a lot of Andy’s lyrics to the record, just work and everyone really liked it.

The Pier: Any other artists that you guys have been listening to that helped feed the inspiration for the record?
Andrew: Everyone in the band is always listening to different stuff. I don’t know. I mean maybe subconsciously it has something to do with our inspiration towards writing, but I don’t think we ever sit down and write a song ‘like this band’ or ‘lets do this’. I think we’re still kind of finding out our sound as a band, and I think more and more that’s starting to happen. I mean there’s definitely bands that we’ve all been into. I know we all really like Alt-J, and Tanner showed me this dude, recently, named Chet Faker whose really cool. I mean that’s all way different from our music, so I don’t know.

The Pier: So you guys have been a band for what, like 7 years?
Andrew: Yeah, I think it’s almost 7 years. We started the band the summer before our senior year of high school, so the summer of 2007. So yeah it’s been a while.

The Pier: I know you said you’ve gone through a lot, personally and as a band, but is there anything since the last release in particular that influenced this record?
Andrew: Yeah, we all moved out to California and lived together for two years. We toured a lot, just played a ton of shows, and worked really really hard, and this record is something we can show for it. We opened up that Dirty Heads and Pepper Tour, which was the largest show that we’ve ever done. It was like 28 shows in 25 days all across the U.S.

The Pier: Wow that’s a lot! How was playing Red Rocks with both of those bands and Aer? It must have been awesome.
Andrew: Yeah man, it was a pretty surreal thing for all of us. I don’t think any of us ever thought we’d play at Red Rocks. We’ve all like watched live videos on YouTube or whatever of our favorite bands playing there, and I think it was actually the coolest “building” I’ve ever been in, like in my life (laughs). Technically it’s not even a building, just a really cool structure carved out of rock. But that was amazing and I think Dirty Heads sold it out. There was probably over 9,000 people by the end of the night. It was nutty man, like really fun.

The Pier: Yeah man we actually had some of our staff at that show.
Andrew: Yeah, there was huge storm that rolled in right before we were about to go on stage, and we were afraid that our set was going to get cut. Like one of the Dirty Heads’ keyboards fell over and broke and the crew was running around like crazy. But luckily it stopped raining, like five minutes before we were supposed to play, so we went on a few minutes late, but we still got to get in the whole set. It did start raining during our set, but the crowd was just amazing. People out in Colorado are just awesome fans. They were super into it and they just made it a super fun and enjoyable experience.

The Pier: That’s rad. I actually got to see you guys for the first time out in Cali, at Cali-Roots. And even though you’ve played with bands like Dirty Heads, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Pacific Dub and some of these, “reggae-rock” bands, but you guys aren’t really reggae-rock at all.
Andrew: Yeah, really, not at all (laughs) which is funny cause kids call it that and stuff because we’re associated with all these bands, which is cool. Honestly, we owe Katastroso much gratitude to the reggae-rock scene and we’re so grateful to be part of such an awesome community of bands and people. Everyone at the shows are awesome and nice. But we’ve never really played any reggae stuff, I think we would consider ourselves more alternative rock, with funk and elements of hip-hop and different stuff we all grew up listening too. It’s cool that people dig it, eventhough it’s not reggae. If people like it, then that’s awesome.

The Pier: What did you think the crowd was like in Cali-Roots, having that early set?
Andrew: It’s awesome. There was still way more people than we thought, considering we were the first band of the day. We were stoked. We had a great time out there this year.

The Pier: Any other festivals you guys are looking to try and get on?
Andrew: Oh man, there’s a bunch we’d love to play at. I’m definitely hoping to play South By Southwest. I don’t know off the top of my head, but once we hit January and February, we’ll be looking to book some cool stuff in the new year.

The Pier: Hopefully you guys make it out to the east coast and I can catch you out in Philly, I think I missed you the last time you guys were here.
Andrew: (Laughs) You know what man, that’s actually the only show we missed on the tour. It was our first time driving on the east coast and we had a van and a trailer and everything and we actually took the wrong route and ended up driving right to the fucking Bronx, during rush hour (laughs). We ended up missing the show and still had all these van issues and it was literally the worst day ever. We ended up getting to the venue like 30 minutes after our set time ended. We barely missed it, but yeah it was bad.

The Pier: Damn (laughs) that’s funny. Where were you guys coming from?
Andrew: I wanna say we we’re coming from like Chicago or something, but honestly I forget we were super bummed dude.

The Pier: Well good thing I missed that show, or I would have ripped in to you guys for missing it! (Laughs)
Andrew: Yeah man, we were definitely bummed, but nothing we could do about it.

The Pier: Yeah it’s cool man, well hopefully I’ll catch you next time around, but if not, good luck with the record and rest of the year!
Andrew: Awesome. Thanks dude. Looking forward to it.

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Artist Radar: Katastro

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This week, we would like to re-introduce Katastro, who made our Artist Radar feature a few years ago. Since then, the 4 piece alternative outfit from Tempe, AZ has been making waves in the music scene, forcing us to spotlight them once again.

Katastro formed in 2007 with vocalist Any Chaves, drummer Andrew Stravers, and guitarist Tanner Riccio, with bassist Ryan Weddle joining a little later on. They have released 5 EPs to date, including their latest entitled No Mud No Lotus, which was released on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

[Related: Katastro’s New ‘No Mud No Lotus’ EP]

With a brand new EP that has charted as high as #24 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, as well as their single “Runaway” reaching #1 on SoundCloud’s Trending Alternative Chart while notching almost 80,000 streams, this release is already poised to be the band’s most successful yet.

Following up on the release, Katastro will be hitting the road in January with The Expendables, Ballyhoo!, and Fortunate Youth for the 2015 Winter Blackout Tour, spanning almost 40 dates across the country.

I was able to speak with drummer Andrew Stravers to get caught up on the new album, some history of the band, and an epic show with the Dirty Heads over the summer – Enjoy!

Artist Radar: Katastro

The Pier: So we actually featured you guys a few years ago…
Andrew: Yeah man, that was our last album release, it’s been too long. We’re finally putting out a new record, which is good.

The Pier: That’s what I heard, and the new record is No Mud No Lotus? What can you tell me about it?
Andrew: So we moved home from California back to Tempe, Arizona in May. Right when we got home we went directly into the studio for a month to this place called Red Mountain Studios in Tempe. We worked with a producer named Curtis Douglas. We had a lot of songs written and a lot of ideas and riffs written. It was our first time really working with a producer to help us piece things together and make the songs sound a lot better. We worked really hard in pre-production for about two weeks before we started tracking everything, and literally in the studio every single day for 8 or 9 hours for like a month. We ended up with about 8 solid songs that we loved, and we’re adding an intro. It’s been a long process, and it’s something we’ve been waiting a while to do.

The Pier: The name, No Mud No Lotus, where does that come from?
Andrew: I actually got the name from a friend that I made in Huntington Beach that told me about this saying. It means “without suffering you can’t have happiness”. They go hand in hand. The lotus flower is one of the most beautiful flowers, Katastrobut it can only grow in mud. So I brought the name up to the band and everyone liked it and thought it had a cool meaning for us because we’ve all been through a lot in the last 6 or 7 years. We’ve worked really hard on this record and think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done, so the whole name and a lot of Andy’s lyrics to the record, just work and everyone really liked it.

The Pier: Any other artists that you guys have been listening to that helped feed the inspiration for the record?
Andrew: Everyone in the band is always listening to different stuff. I don’t know. I mean maybe subconsciously it has something to do with our inspiration towards writing, but I don’t think we ever sit down and write a song ‘like this band’ or ‘lets do this’. I think we’re still kind of finding out our sound as a band, and I think more and more that’s starting to happen. I mean there’s definitely bands that we’ve all been into. I know we all really like Alt-J, and Tanner showed me this dude, recently, named Chet Faker whose really cool. I mean that’s all way different from our music, so I don’t know.

The Pier: So you guys have been a band for what, like 7 years?
Andrew: Yeah, I think it’s almost 7 years. We started the band the summer before our senior year of high school, so the summer of 2007. So yeah it’s been a while.

The Pier: I know you said you’ve gone through a lot, personally and as a band, but is there anything since the last release in particular that influenced this record?
Andrew: Yeah, we all moved out to California and lived together for two years. We toured a lot, just played a ton of shows, and worked really really hard, and this record is something we can show for it. We opened up that Dirty Heads and Pepper Tour, which was the largest show that we’ve ever done. It was like 28 shows in 25 days all across the U.S.

The Pier: Wow that’s a lot! How was playing Red Rocks with both of those bands and Aer? It must have been awesome.
Andrew: Yeah man, it was a pretty surreal thing for all of us. I don’t think any of us ever thought we’d play at Red Rocks. We’ve all like watched live videos on YouTube or whatever of our favorite bands playing there, and I think it was actually the coolest “building” I’ve ever been in, like in my life (laughs). Technically it’s not even a building, just a really cool structure carved out of rock. But that was amazing and I think Dirty Heads sold it out. There was probably over 9,000 people by the end of the night. It was nutty man, like really fun.

The Pier: Yeah man we actually had some of our staff at that show.
Andrew: Yeah, there was huge storm that rolled in right before we were about to go on stage, and we were afraid that our set was going to get cut. Like one of the Dirty Heads’ keyboards fell over and broke and the crew was running around like crazy. But luckily it stopped raining, like five minutes before we were supposed to play, so we went on a few minutes late, but we still got to get in the whole set. It did start raining during our set, but the crowd was just amazing. People out in Colorado are just awesome fans. They were super into it and they just made it a super fun and enjoyable experience.

The Pier: That’s rad. I actually got to see you guys for the first time out in Cali, at Cali-Roots. And even though you’ve played with bands like Dirty Heads, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Pacific Dub and some of these, “reggae-rock” bands, but you guys aren’t really reggae-rock at all.
Andrew: Yeah, really, not at all (laughs) which is funny cause kids call it that and stuff because we’re associated with all these bands, which is cool. Honestly, we owe Katastroso much gratitude to the reggae-rock scene and we’re so grateful to be part of such an awesome community of bands and people. Everyone at the shows are awesome and nice. But we’ve never really played any reggae stuff, I think we would consider ourselves more alternative rock, with funk and elements of hip-hop and different stuff we all grew up listening too. It’s cool that people dig it, eventhough it’s not reggae. If people like it, then that’s awesome.

The Pier: What did you think the crowd was like in Cali-Roots, having that early set?
Andrew: It’s awesome. There was still way more people than we thought, considering we were the first band of the day. We were stoked. We had a great time out there this year.

The Pier: Any other festivals you guys are looking to try and get on?
Andrew: Oh man, there’s a bunch we’d love to play at. I’m definitely hoping to play South By Southwest. I don’t know off the top of my head, but once we hit January and February, we’ll be looking to book some cool stuff in the new year.

The Pier: Hopefully you guys make it out to the east coast and I can catch you out in Philly, I think I missed you the last time you guys were here.
Andrew: (Laughs) You know what man, that’s actually the only show we missed on the tour. It was our first time driving on the east coast and we had a van and a trailer and everything and we actually took the wrong route and ended up driving right to the fucking Bronx, during rush hour (laughs). We ended up missing the show and still had all these van issues and it was literally the worst day ever. We ended up getting to the venue like 30 minutes after our set time ended. We barely missed it, but yeah it was bad.

The Pier: Damn (laughs) that’s funny. Where were you guys coming from?
Andrew: I wanna say we we’re coming from like Chicago or something, but honestly I forget we were super bummed dude.

The Pier: Well good thing I missed that show, or I would have ripped in to you guys for missing it! (Laughs)
Andrew: Yeah man, we were definitely bummed, but nothing we could do about it.

The Pier: Yeah it’s cool man, well hopefully I’ll catch you next time around, but if not, good luck with the record and rest of the year!
Andrew: Awesome. Thanks dude. Looking forward to it.

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Article By: Andrew McClatchy

Watch: Katastro – “Runaway” (Lyrical Video)

Watch: Katastro – “Counting Stars” (One Republic Cover)

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