Katharticus

Hailing from Dunedin, the band originally formed as a two piece in 2009 with Wingfield on Guitars/Vocals and Matthew Robinson on drums, before adding percussionists Peter Mason and Anton Styles, and playing gigs without a bassist. They released their self titled debut album in 2010, attaining Album of the week on Kiwi FM in February 2010, with the single Mouvery Shuffle hitting their Top 20 and staying in their playlist for nearly a year. Robertson left for Australia just prior to the album release and the band went through a couple of line-up changes before the now solidified current line-up which has now been together for nearly two and a half years. The band makes a point of not conforming to one genre, alternating between Surf Punk and Progressive Post Indie Rock and nearly everything between. Their music is typified by a variation of Melodic Feel Good Guitar based Heavy Party Rock songs and songs with an emotional outpouring cry of screaming searing guitars with progressive overtones with deep searching heart-felt lyrics. (CDBaby). The trio have been busy gigging throughout Otago and Southland and have amassed an impressive two and a half hour set of original music. Playing regularly at Dunedin's Speakeasy, they recorded a live album, the first limited run having sold out. During 2012 and 2013 they have also appeared regularly in unplugged mode at the now defunct Church Bar and Restaurant, where they developed their catchy Ukulele based single entitled Kiss Me K8 - Superlative Ukulele Edition, Director's Cut as featured on their new studio album Metro Angel . 
Influences 
Genre wise they have been called “at a stretch by spin doctors” surf rock/punk, haunting and at times with intense passion, as they venture into the realms of post progressive rock, Katharticus list amongst their wide ranging influences as Muse, The Dead Kennedys, Sonic Youth, Pink Floyd, Queens of The Stone Age, Gary Moore...(Postman Gazette).

Genre: Alternative

Members: 3

Location: Dunedin (Otago)