Katrina (Ex-Katrina and the Waves)
Katrina (ex-Katrina & the Waves) is back!
March 23, 2015 · 8:00pm
$10 advance/$12 door
Katrina (ex-Katrina & the Waves) performing her world-wide smash “WALKING ON SUNSHINE” along with “GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL”, “DO YOU WANT CRYING”, “THAT’S THE WAY” and songs from her new album “BLISLAND”.
Katrina (ex-Katrina & the Waves)
Born in the U.S., Katrina Leskanich grew up with the West Coast sound (Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Heart). In 1976 she moved to the UK, where a few years later, Katrina, together with fellow American and future Wave, Vince de la Cruz, formed the band Mama’s Cookin’.
As a singer, Katrina was inspired by Motown and girl groups such as The Shangri-Las and The Shirelles. In 1983 Katrina and Vince joined The Waves (a Cambridge based band with ex Soft Boy, Kimberley Rew) and she picked up on some of their musical influences such as Etta James, Velvet Underground and the Stones.
The band became Katrina and the Waves, and in 1983 they recorded an album of original material, at their own expense, which was shopped around various labels and sold at gigs. They were signed by an independent Canadian label – Attic Records and their first album ‘Walking on Sunshine’ was released just in Canada. Katrina and The Waves toured Canada in 1984 and released a follow up album ‘Katrina & The Waves 2′. Katrina and The Waves had their first big break in 1984 when The Bangles covered their song ‘Going Down To Liverpool’. This drew attention to the group and lead to an international deal with Capitol Records.
The band’s first album was re-recorded and remixed. Scott Litt who went on to produce REM and Nirvana, produced ‘Walking on Sunshine’ – it was his idea to add the drum intro which made it irresistible to radio DJs. The first Capitol album, ‘Katrina & The Waves’ released in 1985, was a substantial critical and commercial success and ‘Walking on Sunshine was a worldwide hit earning top ten spots around the globe. (No. 8 UK, No.9 US, No.3 Canada, No.4 Australia). Since then, the song has been broadcast over 2,500,000 times in the U.S. and was the highest played track on radio in the summer of 2008 – 23 years after its release.