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Dec
17
Katsu @ for shows, check www.katsuiswatchingyou.com

State College, USA!, Pennsylvania, USA

State College, USA!, Pennsylvania, USA

Feb
26
Katsu @ The Lion's Den (Sat. night residency)

State College, Pennsylvania, USA

State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Feb
26
Katsu @ JACK FROST SKI RESORT

LAKE HARMONY, PA, Pennsylvania, USA

LAKE HARMONY, PA, Pennsylvania, USA

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“Driven by the brilliance of Dennis Magee Fallon’s lyrical skill, Gorgeous Mess is a wonderful, well rounded album…variety, aggressive and skilled musicianship, intelligence, freshness, and soul.”
-- (#1 of TOP TEN PA Albums of 2003) --PA MUSICIAN

“The more lead singer Dennis Fallon and his band mates seem indifferent to big commercial success -- focusing instead on the sheer joy of playing live to their loyal local following -- the more they seem to court success.”
--The Daily Collegian (Penn State University)

“A unique combination that really translates across many genres, who would have thought that if hip hop and Dylan had a baby, they would name it Katsu”
--Michael McCoy,PD WLAN (Lancaster, PA)


"Crisp, inventive modern rock from a disc that gets better with every listen. Not the same-old-same-old."
--Mike Naydock—WKAB (Berwick, PA)

“A crafty bunch of fast and furious tunes anchored by witty lyrics and a pop-meets-rock-meets-punk vibe.”
--Alan Stout-Knight Ridder

“Katsu subscribe to the long lost strategy of putting on a kick ass live show to build a fan base. Not Possible? You really have to hear them to believe it.”
--Electric City Weekender (Scranton, PA)

“…with this album Katsu shows it has the drive, originality, and the musicianship to compete with any major label band and seems poised to shed its independent status.”
--- Centre Daily Times (Knight-Ridder, State College, PA)


“Cant imagine there will be many better albums than this in 2004… [KATSU] cook, with passion and intelligence…9 out of 10.”
--Hazelton Standard-Speaker (Northeast PA)


- VARIOUS


Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005 ]
Katsu releases new CD


By Tess Kuntz
For The Collegian
Katsu, a local bar band that has been rocking State College for years, is something of a paradox.
The more lead singer Dennis Fallon and his band mates seem indifferent to big commercial success -- focusing instead on the sheer joy of playing live to their loyal local following -- the more they seem to court success.
The group has just released their third CD -- its first to attract major corporate backing: liquor companies like Coors and Captain Morgan.
Yet the album -- Basement Album Series Volume III -- shuns commercial slickness. It's a raucous, raw and unpolished effort meant to capture the band's live essence.
Maybe Katsu is a testament to the old saying that you should concentrate on doing what you like and not just making money and just maybe success will come.
At least you'll be happy. "I love what I do," says Fallon, 25, a Penn State graduate who says music, song writing and especially performing are now his all-consuming passions.
Not that Katsu isn't feeling pretty successful already, in its own terms. It certainly isn't desperate for work.
Every weekend the band can be found at one or another of the bars all over downtown State College, if it's not venturing farther in the state of Pennsylvania, mixing their own originals with popular covers to keep pace with the fickle and ever-changing musical tastes of audiences, especially the local Penn State crowd.
"They cover the right songs and are very reliable," said Chris Glinski (senior- architectural engineering) outside the All American Rathskeller, 108 S. Pugh St., where Katsu plays every Friday night.
"If you don't want to play covers, you better get used to not playing any shows," says Fallon. "We take songs we enjoy and tackle them in our own way."
They did the Basement Album CD their own way too, recording some songs live and some in a basement, which explains the title.
Their passion made it easy to endure production challenges -- including pressure from the corporate sponsors to get the album out quickly and quirks of fate, like a winter storm that cut off power to their studio.
The band's ability to adapt and roll with the punches derives from learning to do whatever it takes to survive and thrive as a band on the road.
That includes learning by trial and error which kinds of music appeal to different types of audiences.
Fallon says urban crowds are more receptive to new music and experimentation, while rural crowds gravitate to familiar crowd pleasers and current radio favorites.
That adaptability comes easier thanks to Katsu's varied musical influences.
The band includes Dennis Fallon, vocals and guitar; Mark Klein, guitar; Frank Yarnal, bass; and Josh Troup, drums.
The group plays music, which ranges from widely classic rock to The White Stripes and Modest Mouse.
And the proof is in the performances, say Katsu's boosters.
"Their music is fantastic and their interaction with the crowd is great," said Chris Rosengrant, manager of the Lion's Den, 118 S Garner St., a frequent venue for the band.
Could they adapt to even greater commercial success? Sure.
But for now, according to Fallon, "it's a big rock and roll adventure."

- DAILY COLLEGIAN (PENN STATE UNIV. 2005)


Discography

Gorgeous Mess (independent, 2002)
Supersweet Poison-acoustic (ind.2003)
Disaster (SAM RECORD, 2004)
Lit Riffs (MTV BOOKS, 2004)
Basement Album Vol. III (independent, 2005)

RADIO STATIONS
WKPS 90.7 (State College, PA)
WQWK 97.1 (Western PA)
WUBZ 105.9 (Central PA)
WKAB (Northeastern PA)

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Bio

“Driven by the brilliance of Dennis Magee Fallon’s lyrical skill, Gorgeous Mess is a wonderful, well rounded album…variety, aggressive and skilled musicianship, intelligence, freshness, and soul.”
-- (#1 of TOP TEN PA Albums of 2003)
-PA MUSICIAN

In their home state of Pennsylvania, KATSU have torn the lid off of a musical can of worms, creating an original music surge in every college and city they stop in. Combining superb lyrics and the catchiest hooks with a stripped-down, sweat dripping, jaw-on-the-floor live show, this four piece has attacked the corners and edges of a music scene, exposing the an inside that has become complacent with cover bands and flavor of the month acts.
Combining elements of hip-hop and punk filtered through the eyes and heart of a singer-songwriter, front man Dennis Magee Fallon has led his band of razor sharp musicians on an epic musical adventure. Lauded for their songwriting, KATSU has continued the climb in the Northeastern United States, playing sold out shows in their native PA and consistently opening for the biggest acts that play Penn State University (their alma mater and hometown): Jason Mraz, The Presidents of the USA, The Smithereens, Apollo Sunshine, Dexter Freebish, and The Washington Social Club to name a few.
KATSU’s first album, GORGEOUS MESS, won the band critical acclaim (several regional lists placed it as a Pennsylvania’s top indie album for 2003) College radio airplay, and secured them a record deal with independent label SAM RECORDS. Their sophomore release, DISASTER, was a tribute to all things rock, an explosive record sampling the history of popular music. The record took genres like punk, pop, 70’s hard rock and country and filtered them through KATSU-colored lenses.
With National Sponsors Coors Light and Captain Morgan’s Rum backing them, the outlook for KASTU continues to be bright as 2005 brings the release of their nationally sponsored free album “The Basement Chronicles” in February. The band has recorded a cover of the classic Grandmaster Flash song “The Message” for the MTV books project “Lit Riffs,” a collection of short stories inspired by classic songs. In addition, “Brave New World,” a track from the “Gorgeous Mess” LP, will be featured in the feature film “Everything’s Jake,” starring Ernie Hudson and Debbie Allen to be released in the fall of 2005. As the buzz grows and momentum builds, KATSU will be expanding their internet-savvy fan base with a widening tour schedule of festivals, mini-tours, and showcases throughout the east coast.