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Hailing from Dunedin, Katharticus' music ranges from Surf Punk to Post Rock and nearly everything between. Their music is typified by melodic feel-good heavy guitar Party Rock songs and tunes with an emotional outpouring of soaring guitars with progressive overtones and deep searching heart-felt lyrics. The trio can be found regularly gigging throughout Otago and Southland, sometimes as far afield as Christchurch and Wellington.

They released their debut album Katharticus, in early 2010 which contained the singles Kiss Me K8 and Mouvery Shuffle. Katharticus attained album of the week on Kiwi FM in February 2010, with the single Mouvery Shuffle hitting their top twenty and staying in their playlist for nigh on a year. Several tracks appeared on various other radio stations including National Radio, Radio One, Volcano Radio, OAR FM and Puketapu Radio, not to mention varying assorted overseas radio stations.

This was followed by their second album Metro Angel which was released in late 2013. Their controversial political satire song Happy Place attained international notoriety when it was featured on the infamous American conspiracy journalist's Vinny Eastwood Show's Home Page and then on at least a couple of American radio stations. Also the epic 18:46 minute Gypsy Wind was featured in a compilation album alongside songs from the likes Billy T K Senior. The band has actually been featured on three compilation albums.

Prior to their release of their brand new video clip for Wilson Parking they have made three other videos; Don't Blink, Blow The Comfort Zone and the Ukulele version of Kiss Me K8.

The trio currently consists of Michael Wingfield (aka Wingi) - Vocals/Guitars/Ukuleles/Keys, Greg Trounson - Bass/Triangle/Backing Vocals and Stephen Hastie - Drums/Backing Vocals. They exude an infectious attitude of intense fun and passion in their energetic live shows. This was very evident when in early 2015 when the band continued to gig relentlessly despite Wingi breaking his foot which they saw as a golden opportunity to emblazon his plaster cast with the band's infamous cat logo. The band has in recent times introduced the Ukulele as a serious weapon of mass destruction, especially when run through effects and valve amplifiers.

The infectiousness shines through on their brand new single Wilson Parking, a hard hitting song calling out Corporate Greed and featuring distorted Ukulele played through a wall of screaming amps.

Band Members:
Michael 'Wingi' Wingfield (guitar, ukulele, lead vocals)
Greg Trounson (bass, triangle, backing vocals)
Stephen Hastie (drums, backing vocals)


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