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Kata Dabbles in Darkness at Makeout Weird

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

“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). “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 played around 14 shows over the past year-and-a-half and found that the logistical challenges of facilitating a 9-member band (which has included members past and present of Ilya, The Locust, Goodbye Blue Monday, Get Your Death On, Manuok, Hot Nerds, Hostile Combover, the Dropscience, Aleph Research, and “half of San Diego”) are not few.

“We have a hard time finding a venue that fits us,” Antuna says over a beer at Toronado in North Park. “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, which their Facebook page describes as “Godspeed You! Black Emperor meets Neurosis-esque epic doom,” consists of two drummers (currently Ben Johnson [Hostile Comb-over, The Long and Short of it] and Lance LaFave [Skydiver]), guitars, bass, keys, three vocalists, violin, and two cellos.

Look for more on Kata in an upcoming Blurt.

In the meantime, dabble in the darkness tomorrow night at the Whistle Stop, when Moonshake DJs Dr. Indulgent and Bob Dazzla will be guest curating the monthly Makeout Weird with art by ARPed and Tasty Reign.

Makeout Weird hosts Monsterpussy and Freak Sauce (Bobby Bray [Innerds]) will be in Santa Ana on the tail end of a West Coast tour with Upsilon Acrux and 2Up, but they’ll be back at the Tower Bar on Friday joined by local experimentalist Randy Chiurazzi.

Commence with the awesome.

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

“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). “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 played around 14 shows over the past year-and-a-half and found that the logistical challenges of facilitating a 9-member band (which has included members past and present of Ilya, The Locust, Goodbye Blue Monday, Get Your Death On, Manuok, Hot Nerds, Hostile Combover, the Dropscience, Aleph Research, and “half of San Diego”) are not few.

“We have a hard time finding a venue that fits us,” Antuna says over a beer at Toronado in North Park. “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, which their Facebook page describes as “Godspeed You! Black Emperor meets Neurosis-esque epic doom,” consists of two drummers (currently Ben Johnson [Hostile Comb-over, The Long and Short of it] and Lance LaFave [Skydiver]), guitars, bass, keys, three vocalists, violin, and two cellos.

Look for more on Kata in an upcoming Blurt.

In the meantime, dabble in the darkness tomorrow night at the Whistle Stop, when Moonshake DJs Dr. Indulgent and Bob Dazzla will be guest curating the monthly Makeout Weird with art by ARPed and Tasty Reign.

Makeout Weird hosts Monsterpussy and Freak Sauce (Bobby Bray [Innerds]) will be in Santa Ana on the tail end of a West Coast tour with Upsilon Acrux and 2Up, but they’ll be back at the Tower Bar on Friday joined by local experimentalist Randy Chiurazzi.

Commence with the awesome.

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