Reggae-rockers Katastro are celebrating the release of their latest album “Tropical Heartbreak” on Saturday, October 19, at Tempe Marketplace, and they’re inviting their hometown fans to join in.
“We’re calling it ‘Tropical Heartbreak Fest.’ It’s a big release party for the new album,” drummer Andrew Stravers says.
“We’ll play a bunch of songs on the new album that we’ve never played before live. We’ll have games and cool stuff for fans to interact with, a photo booth and new merch. It’s really exciting to plan this.”
“Tropical Heartbreak” is the band’s second full-length album in as many years. Katastro has toured with the likes of Sublime with Rome, New Politics, Dirty Heads, Pepper, The Expendables and Stick Figure, and it proved to be helpful with “Tropical Heartbreak.”
Rome Ramirez, who fronts Sublime with Rome, penned “Back to You” with Katastro. Former Peoria native Colton Avery, who recently returned to Arizona after living in England, also lent a hand to the process with Katastro’s single, “Stars.”
“Rome was incredible,” Stravers says. “He’s a really cool dude. We had a fun time recording with him.
“Colton’s rad. He walked into the studio with tons of ideas. He came in, brought his laptop and we were really stoked. That song ended up being the hook for ‘Stars.’ He came in with the melody and hook for that.”
Formed in 2007 by Corona del Sol students vocalist Andy Chaves, Stravers and guitarist Tanner Riccio and later joined by bassist/Chandler native Ryan Weddle, Katastro blends hip hop, blues, jazz and rock.
Katastro has released two EPs and four full-length albums including “Gentle Predator,” “Washed” and “Strange Nights,” featuring hit songs “Flow,” “Alone” and “Waste the Night.”
“Tropical Heartbreak,” Stravers says, will click with fans, as the lyrics are relatable. It takes fans through the highs and lows of everyday life, as well as depression and anxiety.
Katastro left the Valley for Globe to record the album, so it could solely focus on the music. Stravers shared his side of the story for “Tropical Heartbreak,” which, he says, came from a personal space.
“(‘Tropical Heartbreak’) was recorded during one of the most difficult times in my life,” he says. “I had just lost my dad a week before we left to record the album. To me, this body of work represents the heartbreak you have to deal with in order to see the beauty in life.”
Katastro w/Belaganas, Bikini Trill and The Sound Bombers
Tempe Marketplace’s The District Stage, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.966.9338, tempemarketplace.com, 7 p.m. Saturday, October 19, $20-$50.