Featured Phenomz: Katastro Release New EP “NO MUD NO LOTUS”

8 Dec , 2014  




If you haven’t heard of them yet you may be too late! Katastro is the hottest new band to come out of Tempe Arizona and their sound is definitely about to create waves across the nation. Following the release of their latest EP NO MUD NO LOTUS  featuring the ridiculously dope single “Runaway,” the  band is gearing up for a nearly 3 month long tour in which they will perform in over 3o cities with The Expendables. With that said, the single “Runaway” peaked at #24 on the iTunes Alternative Album Charts and has over 163,000 streams on SoundCloud. If you’d like to watch the official lyric video check it out HERE. Be prepared to see this band hit major charts and begin headlining their very own tours really soon!

“Katastro is the perfect blend of great vocals mixed with great energy and passion. They could be the next Maroon 5, creating hit after hit that anyone with any music sense has to nod to.”

                                                                                                           -Christian Phyfier (GPME Group Founder) 

Official Release:


The alternative rock band Katastro has released their newest EP, No Mud No Lotus. The album was recorded at Red Mountain Studios in Tempe, AZ, with producer Curtis Douglas (The Maine, Eagles In Drag, This Century, Austin Gibbs and Sarah Robinson, The Midnight Special), who set out along with the band to make an album that is open and accessible, while preserving their signature style.


On No Mud No Lotus , drummer Andrew Stravers explains, “The name is derived from the idea of Yin and Yang, in that in order to achieve success and happiness, you have to experience some hard times.”


No Mud No Lotus has already notched over 225,000 total streams on SoundCloud, with the lead single “Runaway” shooting up to the top of SoundCloud’s Alternative Rock Trending Music Chart, currently with over 154,000 streams.


With inspirations from West Coast Hip-Hop acts like Atmosphere and Hieroglyphics to 90’s alt-rockers The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the legendary Jimi Hendrix, lead singer Andy Chaves shares that, “The songs (on the new album) definitely tell more stories than our previous songs, they have more meaning. From the first track, “Better Half of L.A.”, which is a fun song, to the moody and darker tracks “Junkie and a Gentleman” and “Voices”, this album has a lot of moods.”


Katastro will hit the road in support of their new EP over the winter with The Expendables, Ballyhoo! And Fortunate Youth for 2014 Winter Blackout Tour, spanning over 40 dates throughout the United States. “This will be our first national winter tour, and it’s our first time out with either band, plus we haven’t been out on the road since August, so we’re more than ready to go,” says Chaves. The last time they were on tour was with The Dirty Heads and Pepper, playing their largest tour to date, including major venues like Red Rocks Amphitheatre playing a capacity crowd of 9500 fans.


Track Listing:

1.      Intro

2.      The Better Half of Los Angeles

3.      Scoreboard

4.      Begging to Borrow

5.      Voices

6.      Runaway

7.      Sweet Tangerines

8.      The Basement Floor

9.      A Junkie and a Gentleman


No Mud No Lotus is available for purchase on iTunes at, as well as streaming on Spotify at


Upcoming Tour Dates with The Expendables/Ballyhoo!/Fortunate Youth

Jan 23, Ventura CA – Majestic Ventura Theater

Jan 24, Los Angeles CA – House of Blues

Jan 25, San Luis Obispo CA – SLO Brewing Company

Jan 27, Sacramento CA – Ace of Spades

Jan 28, Chico CA – Senator Theatre

Jan 29, Portland OR – Wonder Ballroom

Jan 30, Seattle WA – Neptune

Jan 31, Eugene OR – Wow Hall

Feb 03, Park City UT – Park City Live

Feb 04, Aspen CO – Belly Up Aspen

Feb 05, Fort Collins CO – The Aggie Theatre

Feb 06, Englewood CO – Gothic Theatre

Feb 07, Omaha NE – The Waiting Room

Feb 08, Lawrence KS – Granada Theater

Feb 10, Minneapolis MN – Mill City Nights

Feb 11, Madison WI – Majestic Theatre

Feb 12, Indianapolis IN – Deluxe

Feb 13, Chicago IL – Bottom Lounge

Feb 15, Philadelphia PA – Trocadero

Feb 17, South Burlington VT – Higher Ground – Ballroom

Feb 18, Portland ME – Port City Music Hall

Feb 19, New York NY – Highline Ballroom

Feb 20, Asbury Park NJ – The Stone Pony

Feb 21, Silver Spring MD – The Fillmore

Feb 22, Boston MA – Paradise Rock Club

Feb 24, Atlanta GA – The Masquerade – Hell Stage

Feb 25, Jacksonville FL – Freebird Live

Feb 26, Tampa FL – Jannus Live

Feb 27, Lake Buena Vista FL – House of Blues

Feb 28, Fort Lauderdale FL – Revolution

Mar 03, Baton Rouge LA – The Varsity Theater

Mar 04, Corpus Christi TX – House of Rock

Mar 05, Austin TX – Emo’s

Mar 06, Houston TX – House of Blues

Mar 07, Dallas TX – House of Blues

Mar 12, San Francisco CA – The Fillmore

Mar 13, Santa Ana CA – The Observatory


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