4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

KATA

Sound description

Godspeed You! and Black Emperor meets Neurosis-esque doom.

RIYL

Neurosis, Mogwai, Red Sparrow, Hyatari, Set Fire to Flames

Inception

San Diego , 2009

Influences

Neurosis, Steve Reich, Glenn Branca, Brian Eno, Godspeed You!, Black Emperor

Discography

Sponsored

Often touting a 9-member deep line-up including two drummers, a string section, and a visual artist, KATA features past and present members of Ilya, the Locust, MNML, Goodbye Blue Monday, Get Your Death On, the Dropscience, Manuok, Rats Eyes, Hot Nerds, Hostile Combover, the Long and Short of it, Skydiver, Tourettes Lautrec, and Aleph Research.

“We’re a bunch of positive people playing dark stuff,” says Demetrius Antuna (vox, guitar) of the 9-piece cinematic art metal band.

“It’s a release. A way to get it out. Something about darkness feels good in sound and visuals. Positivity is great in life, but it really moves you more when it has a dark edge.”

“Demetrius and I are the same in that respect,” says Matthew Baker (vox, piano, guitar), who also plays with Ilya. “I’m endlessly optimistic, but darkness is a good release. Some people release it by becoming a serial killer. We release it through music.”

“I went through a very bad sickness and thought I was going to die,” Antuna says. “I became very positive and read all this self-help stuff that said not to watch horror movies. But for some reason, I can’t leave it alone. Sometimes I think touching on the dark side of things is a means of connecting with something beyond.”

KATA has found that the logistical challenges of facilitating a nine-member band are many. “We have a hard time finding a venue that fits us,” Antuna says. “Touring would be difficult. We would need three vans! Hey, if anyone wants to pay for us to tour, we’ll do it.”

The band has also included two-drummer duos like Ben Johnson (Hostile Combover, The Long and Short of It) and Lance LaFave (Skydiver), alongside guitars, bass, keys, three vocalists, violin, and two cellos. Ex-Physics mastermind Jason Soares handles their live visuals.

In June 2012, they released a debut full-length called Rising, a chilling 9-track memoir that explores the harrowing shadow-side of human psychology.

Demetrius Antuna formed a side project called ANA, whose debut Caverns was released in September 2012. Matthew Baker also played with a spacey hard rock band called Ilya, which Antuna jolined in 2013.

Rebecca Antuña and Lance LaFave formed Warsaw in 2016, alongside Demetrius Antuña and John Mattos (both formerly of Ilya). Their debut performance took place November 10, 2016 at the Whistle Stop in South Park, and the band's first release was a self-titled six-song EP.

Sponsored

Upcoming Local Shows

No shows scheduled

Post a show View show history
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close