Tempe, Arizona based, Katastro was formed in 2007 by vocalist, Andy Chaves drummer, Andrew Stravers and guitarist, Tanner Riccio. Later on, bassist Ryan Weddle joined the band to complete the current line up. The band gained notoriety by creatively blending elements of rock, funk, blues and hip hop.
Since their inception, the band has continued to take the local scene by storm and quickly broke into the national circuit by performing with such acts as 311, Awolnation, Dirty Heads, New Politics, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Pacific Dub and Passafire. Katastro shared the stage with Rebelution at the Tempe Beach Park St. Patrick’s Day Festival, attracting more than 12,000 attendees. The band then spent this summer touring with Iration, The Green, Pepper and Dirty Heads.
Katastro’s first release was their 2007 EP, The Wonderful Daze and was followed up by their 2008 release, The Facts. In 2009, the band put out their first full length album, Poking Holes in A Pattern, which was produced by Bob Hoag (The Ataris, The Format, Gin Blossoms). In October of 2011, Katastro released their 4th studio album, Gentle Predator. The boys from the Valley of the Sun have big plans on the horizon. Their most recent studio EP, No Mud No Lotus, was released in late 2014, with a follow up full length album due out later next year.