After months of preparation working with Glasgow-based producer and musician, Jamie Holmes (The Lapelles, Gerry Cinnamon), The Katuns have just released their new post- summer indie rock anthem titled The Holiday. The third of their singles comes off the back of their eclectic debut tune Friend Like You, which sought out radio plays from the likes of BBC Introducing and gaining traction from UK promoters This Feeling, who have since been following the band and setting them up on their first string of gigs since the pandemic hit.
Their second release Similar Faces, which had a slightly grittier sound, took the band to ears ever further afar, with Sirius XM’s radio disc jockey, Rodney Bingheimer, giving both of their current releases a spin on US radio. The band are confident their new release will see them reach more listeners and gain even more supporters, dubbing The Holiday as an “all- round hit” amongst themselves.
The Holiday is available now on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music. Tickets for UK October dates are on sale now.
About The Band
Scottish band, The Katuns, hailing from West Lothian, formed in the back half of 2019, originally under the name of their frontman, Adam Frame, to pose as a backing band for his solo career. Adam spent most of his teens performing at open mic nights in local venues and pubs, posting covers to his social media channels and gaining a small following from it – even managing to play a song at a local Glasgow bar with DMA’s frontman, Tommy Odell. After wanting to take his solo operation to the next level, he was joined by long-time friend, Declan Fisher (Bass); college companion, Declan Milne (Lead Guitar); and skatepark pal, Matt Collins (Drums), who found Adam through his online posts. This original player setup managed to bag them two massive support slots in the first couple months of 2020: The Lathums (King Tuts Wah-Wah Hut), and Shambolics (Saint Luke’s and the Winged Ox), both playing in venues located in Scotland’s renowned city, Glasgow. These two gigs shot the band into an insane playing field which put them right in the deep end of live performance, but then the first lockdown of the pandemic struck which grinded their future to a halt.
Taking a couple months to think about what was next, the group collectively decided to scrap the solo artist’ alias and rename as The Katuns. To introduce the public to their new identity, the four friends posted a home-made cover version of The Kooks’ ‘She Moves in Her Own Way’, which caught the attention of thousands on Facebook and Instagram, reaching a total of over 25,000 views on Twitter alone. This boosted the band into a position to record and release their first original song ‘Friend Like You’ in October of 2020 and instantly clicked with fans and followers and most notably attracting UK promoters This Feeling, who have included them on their Big In 2021 line-up, landing the band a 5-night club tour over the months of September and October of 2021 (two SOLD OUT dates) and a stage slot at the UK’s Isle of Wight Festival in September of 2021.
Now coming to the latter half of the year, The Katuns have no sign of stopping their progress and already working on new songs, new gigs, and new opportunities – with the hope of bringing loads of new tunes to the indie scene.
The Katuns are playing in Dundee & Kilmarnock on the 22nd and 23rd October 2021 after playing to a tremendously energetic SOLD OUT Edinburgh crowd. For a full list of all upcoming gigs, click here!
“Got a proper buzz going in Scotland – ones to watch.” – Gigslutz