British LA-based artist KAV released his debut solo EP Blaggers N Liars in April 2008 on buzz London imprint This Feeling Records to rave reviews from the UK press. With music injected by a knowing but raw rock n’ roll swagger, KAV has been compared to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Primal Scream and Them Crooked Vultures. The former Happy Mondays guitarist temporarily relocated to LA the past year for a West Coast Tour with DATAROCK, several gigs with Eastern Conference Champions and numerous Hollywood showcase performances.
On Nov 2, 2010, KAV releases THE MR NICE EP – featuring Howard Marks through independent distributor SideCho Media. The EP was released last week in the UK in conjunction with the biopic film MR NICE starring Rhys Ifans & Chloe Sevigny, based on Howard’s (Mr. Nice) internationally bestselling autobiography. Official announcement can be found at NME.com.
KAV is a featured artist this week at REVERBNATION and is a headliner on the WEST ROCKS TOUR, run by London Promoter Tara Rocks. WEST ROCKS showcases are during CMJ on Oct 18 & 23 and KAV plays his official Reverbnation / Ernie Ball showcase at Crash Mansion on Oct 21. He and his ‘Band of Blaggers’ continue to WEST ROCKS LA on Oct 28 & WEST ROCKS VEGAS on Nov 1st.
KAV played guitar for legendary British band Happy Mondays after reforming the band with Shaun Ryder for his London festival “Getloaded In The Park.” He was then asked to bring in his own band to back original members Shaun, Bez & Gary Whelan for their forthcoming tours & enjoyed nearly 4 years of touring worldwide, playing on line-ups with the likes of James Brown, Guns N’ Roses & Bob Dylan.
During the mid 1980s, Howard Marks had forty-three aliases, eighty-nine phone lines, and twenty-five companies trading throughout the world. At the height of his career in the 70’s & 80’s, he was responsible for importing most of the marijuana sold in the UK, moving large quantities of hashish into Europe and America in the equipment of touring rock bands and had contact with organizations as diverse as the CIA, MI6, the IRA and the Mafia.
THE MR NICE EP will be followed by The Shake It Like You Hate It EP (featuring remixes from two of LA’s hottest Remixers; Dan Oh! from DIM MAK & Jesse Rogg. KAV’s debut album will follow in early 2011.
KAV TOUR DATES
Oct 18 – New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall – CMJ – WEST ROCKS – 12:30am
Oct 21 – New York, NY – Crash Mansion – CMJ – Reverbnation & Ernie Ball – 12midnight
Oct 23 – New York, NY – Bowery Electric – CMJ – WEST ROCKS – 1:00am
Oct 28 – Los Angeles, CA – Three Clubs – WEST ROCKS – 10pm
Oct 31 – Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room – 9:30pm
Nov 1 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar – WEST ROCKS – 10pm
“KAV seems to have been surviving on a staple diet of barbiturates and Sleazy, Sunset Strip Rock ‘n’ Roll…. The result of meeting satan at the crossroads every month is a low-slung, blues –indebted rock ‘n’ roll outing seeped in whisky-soaked saloon brawls and murder ballad gusto”
- CLASH Magazine
“This Blagger Is A Latter day Jagger”
- THE GUARDIAN UK
“KAV is one of those one in a million artists that just exudes talent…imagine if Bob Dylan was young in modern times and he had an addiction to sleaze and you’d be half way to understanding Kav’s sound… Simple, perfectly executed sleazy rock with hidden depths and a backpack full of attitude. Sick”
- KERRANG! RADIO (UK)
“Gritty, Dylan-flavored Rock”
- Kevin Bronson, BUZZ BANDS LA