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Katchafire- San Francisco Bathhouse Wellington 23rd Dec 2006

05 Jan 2007 // An interview by johnsoncraigsbc
Although I ended up driving into town by myself, this particular night turned out to be rather enjoyable. The San Francisco Bathhouse is a great venue, housing numerous bands of all genres. After feeling slightly ill from all the fresh air I went outside for a cup of tea. On the balcony I talked to cousins and family of Katchafire, which was nice because they were all really cool, relaxed people.

The one thing I particularly noticed about this gig was the attitude of the people attending. Everyone, from the people at the door to the balcony smokers, were really laid back and just wanted to have a good time. There was an encouraging, positive vibe which, I think, really added to the performance of the band. All were dancing and just having fun, as were the band.

I had never heard Katchafire play live before, and I only recognised a few of their more popular songs, but that aside I thoroughly enjoyed the performance from start to end. Each individual had an obvious grasp of their instrumental performance and together made some really beautiful roots style music.

Some crowd interaction was eagerly welcomed as the audience began to dance more and more. It really was one of those gigs where you are fully entertained from start to finish and the set gets better as the night goes on.

Katchafire made my Saturday super fun, and I wouldn’t miss another opportunity to get together with some very cool people.

Craig Johnson

About Katchafire

Hailing from the mighty H-Town (Hamilton), Aoteoroa (New Zealand), Katchafire, have become a global roots reggae phenomenon..The all Maori Reggae band, bring their pure classic sound to music lovers worldwide, delivering one of the most authentic Reggae shows around today.

4 highly successful studio albums, multiple awards, platinum sales, highest selling singles, and the list goes on.. Their sound is built on the foundations of classic roots reggae with an RnB and funk rub, mashing modern dancehall and slinky reggae pop. Katchafire has crafted a universal vibe, capturing something truly special in a diversity of instrumentation and clarity of sound.

Built on a family movement, It all started when lead guitarist Grenville Bell, father of Lead Singer Logan Bell & Drummer / singer / songwriter Jordan Bell, moved into an apartment building in town with his then teenage sons where they could make music all night, and the rest is history.. Countless jams and sell out concerts later they are now an 8 piece collective of multi talented songwriters and musicians and have become a staple on the Californian and Pacific Roots scenes. The fire just continues to get hotter following invitations to acclaimed events such as Glastonbury, opening circuits through Europe, Portugal and Brazil, as demand continues to grow for the non-stop feel good vibe of their incredible live shows.

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Releases

Best So Far
Year: 2013
Type: Album
On The Road Again
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Say What You're Thinking
Year: 2007
Type: Album
Party Pack
Year: 2007
Type: Album
Homegrown Dub (Remixes)
Year: 2006
Type: Album
Slow Burning
Year: 2004
Type: Album
Revival
Year: 2003
Type: Album
Revival (Bonus Version)
Year: 2003
Type: Album

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