Interview with Smell of Kat


MMP – How did the band get started?

Smell of Kat – We started at the end of 1994. Just some good friends who wanted to play the kind of music they love

MMP – What kind of music do you play?

Smell of Kat – We play neo-rockabilly with some psychobilly influences, our own kind of rockin

MMP – How has the fan response been?

Smell of Kat – The response has been always positive and is always great, now with the internet, to know our music is followed worlwide, there was nearly no internet when we started

MMP – Where did the band name come from?

Smell of Kat – Smell of kat is the title of an old song of an early finish neo-rockabilly band called Stringbeans.
When we looked for a name for the band, we just wrote some song names down and that’s the one that won.

MMP – Introduce the band members and what they do in the band?

Smell of Kat – Javi Caballero is the lead singer
Javi Uroz the guitar player
David Mourelo plays the slap bass and do some backing vocals
J.Carlos Carbo plays the drums



MMP – Who writes the music? Lyrics?

Smell of Kat – Normaly all starts from a guitar riff or even some guitar parts with a primary structure of the song, from there we add slap bass and drums and Javi works out a melody.
David writte the lyrics

MMP – And where do the lyrics ideas come from?

Smell of Kat – Horror books, comic books,

MMP – What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?

Smell of Kat – Find them very interesant, when they are taken seriously, like to read about it
The Devil gave us rock and roll and we are a rock and roll band, so we know where is our side! Hahaha

MMP – How many albums / CD’s have you released?

Smell of Kat –  Our first release was an EP, Raw Beat, in 1997..before that there was a couple of demo tapes on cassette, do you remember cassettes?
Then on 1998 our first CD ” Beware, the Katz!”
And now 17 years later we will publish a new 7″ EP “A dream of a one thousand Katz”

MMP – Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?

Smell of Kat – Our new EP contains 4 new selfpenned songs of fast and furious neo rockabilly, it will be a limited edition of 330 copies on colored vinyl, 110 blue, 110 green and 110 blue, all handnumbered and will include a download card
Take a taster there :

MMP – Do you have any side projects?

Smell of Kat –  Javi Uroz has a home studio where he recorded the great Marcel Bontempi and J. Carlos Carbo played drums on thar session. Two takes of that session were published on a limited 7″ single “Dig a Hole”
David Mourelo recorded bass for 3 songs on the latest P. Paul Fenech solo album “I, monster”

MMP – Who are some of your musical influences?

Smell of Kat – 50’s rock and roll / Rockabilly, Neo rockabilly and psychobilly

MMP – Which current bands?

Smell of Kat –  To name some: Gene Vincent, Johnny Burnette, Blue Cats, Ricochets, the Sharks and the kings and creators of psychobilly The M3t3ors

MMP – What is the band like when you play live?

Smell of Kat – Our set is made 80% selfpenned songs and 20 % 50’s covers played in our own way.
We try to be energetic and sound fresh and rockin as hell!

MMP – Have you guys ever played in another country?

Smell of Kat – Yes, we played several times in Germany, we also gigged in UK and Moscow

MMP –How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?

Smell of Kat – Apart of the Psychobilly Meeting where we can play to larger audiences or on gigs and festivals abroad, on smaller gigs here we are a few but we make a lot of noise!!

MMP – How is the crowd response when you play?

Smell of Kat – Normaly its good and when they start to wreck, we know we got them!

MMP – When do you guys plan on writing any new material?

Smell of Kat – 5 new songs are already written and going for more!

MMP – What does the future hold for the band?

Smell of Kat – We will start gigging as much as possible to promote our new ep, avalaible from september at and start to think on the new one!