Katrin the Thrill reminds me of a young Patti Smith, she could be a drowning in melancholy PJ Harvey or a sober Courtney Love, possibly a less gloomy, but still dark enough Melissa Auf der Maur. Having some strong Post-Rock resonances, Katrin the Thrill exploring the path between building upon gentle acoustic layers and tearing the dreams apart by screaming guitars and pounding drums. A woman might seems sexy and fragile, but she is eventually even further dangerous and deadly when she strikes. “Evil Eye Charm” it’s like a walk through Wonderland: never really know what will jump off to you behind the next song. And this is definitively a positive tension which keeps your attention sharp throughout the album while every song has it’s own little Magic, it’s a painting with sounds from another universe.
One of my favorites is the closing “Warmer” because it’s not only warmer with some sparkling piano chords, but gave us the much anticipated release. But I love equally the whole journey from the pulsing start with “Losing” which kind of throw us into the eye of the rising hurricane, through the theatrical break-downs of “Under The Skylight” or the gentle chords of “Lyds”. Classic in the most possible positive sense, but out of the patterns, experimental, explorer, looking further, breathing and alive. Pretty charming journey actually, no fill-ups, no empty or useless spaces (moments), but struggling emotions throughout.
Katerina Panopoulou is an untypically dark indie rock/alternative singer/songwriter from Athens, Greece. Her music has been described as a cross between PJ Harvey and Radiohead, and she has been recommended by publications such as Target Audience Magazine, Pure Grain Audio and Loud Horizon. She started creating music as a teenager with friends, and that’s when she got the bug. One year later when the fledgling band broke up, she got herself her first electric guitar and wrote her own songs.
In 2001 she moved to England to study music. Two years later, back in Greece she teamed up with guitarist Gina Dimakopoulou, violinist Katerina Michailidi, bassist Iakovos Siaparinas, drummer Dimitris Panagiotopoulos and formed the band Dementia Praecox. After many live performances in Greece, she moved to London to further her studies. During her stay in London, she performed as a solo acoustic artist. In 2007 under the indissoluble name Katrin the Thrill, she participated in the Coca Cola Soundwave competition and won a place among the five best music acts. The video clip of the song “If You Believe in Dreams” was shot and the track was included in the “Music on the Coke side of Life” compilation.
For the next two years Katrin the Thrill performed in Greece at Terra Vibe, Gagarin 205, Vrachon Theater, European Music Day, Bios, Athens Gay Pride, Festival Against Racism, Indie Free Festival and was the opening act for Manic Street Preachers, Greg Dulli and Electrelane.
In 2009, following the devastating fires that swept through Greece, as well as many other places around the world, the concept for “Earth Is Calling Us” EP was devised, and the need to take action and help reforestation was fully realized.
In December 2010, “Earth Is Calling Us” was released as her first solo project with Gina on guitar, Maria Roka on bass and Tolis Toleas on drums. The EP is dedicated to the earth and the environment and part of the proceeds goes towards the reforestation of the burned forests of Greece. In January 2012 the first reforestation was successfully completed.
In December 2011, after eight months of intensive studio work, her new album was ready to be released, but an unfortunate event postponed everything; at the last minute the record label deal broke down and all production costs needed to be covered for the album to see the light of day. A successful Indiegogo online campaign was organized, and Katrin?s fans raised over $2,000 to bring her unique vision, “Evil Eye Charm” to reality.
Her new album “Evil Eye Charm”, is set to be released on September 10, 2012.
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