Mix a little bit of sleaze, a little bit of blues, and a whole lot of rock’n’roll attitude, and you have KICKIN VALENTINA – a band that is quickly gaining attention while growing a solid fan base across the US and abroad. In 2015, KICKIN VALENTINA began recording their follow-up album “Super Atomic” at Muse Productions in Atlanta, GA with renowned Producer/Engineer Andy Reilly (Bruce Dickinson, UFO, Asia, The Quireboys), along with the first single and video for the song “Wrong Way.” Classic Rock Magazine describes the band as “greasy riffs, wailing solos, and black-clad biker men who look like they only come out at night, presumably to roam Sunset Strip in search of good times and blow.”
KICKIN VALENTINA was formed in 2013 by guitarist Heber Pampillon and drummer Jimmy Berdine. After meeting vocalist Joe Edwards (whose distinctive style has been described as a “diamond in the dirt”), they began writing and rehearsing, then recruited bassist Chris Taylor to round out the lineup. The band was quickly picked up by Atlanta based indie label Highway 9 Records and released their debut self-titled EP in October 2013. In August 2015 KICKIN VALENTINA signed with Danish hard rock/metal label Mighty Music/Target Group after an introduction by the Danish legend Ken Anthony. To quote the band, “We really appreciate Michael H. Andersen’s (Mighty Music/Target Group) belief and support in KICKIN VALENTINA, and are excited to become a member of the Mighty Music/Target Group family. We are looking forward to what lies ahead for the band.”
KICKIN VALENTINA has been busy touring America and opening for artists as diverse as Buckcherry, Queensryche, Pop Evil, Fozzy, Skid Row, Red Dragon Cartel, Sebastian Bach, Doro, Eve to Adam, Faster Pussycat, Nonpoint, Kix, LA Guns, and Cilver to name a few. In May 2016 KICKIN VALENTINA embarks on their first European tour performing in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and Denmark (Nordic Noise Festival). In addition to their own headlining shows, they have also performed at a variety of music festivals including Rock Fest (WI), Farm Rock (IL, TN & GA), Soundwave (MD), Rock n Skull (IL), Wolf Fest (CO), Skull Fest (NE), Summer Rock Party (IL), and Outskirts 53 Music & Bike Fest (GA).
KICKIN VALENTINA has received press in major publications throughout Europe and Japan such as Burrn, Young Guitar, Classic Rock, Sweden Rock, Legacy, Fireworks, Metalized, Aardshok, Metal Hammer, Deaf Forever, Rock Hard, Rock It, Powerplay, and countless online magazines around the world. They were nominated for – and won – the prestigious 2014 GA Music Award for “Rock Band of the Year,” and in 2015 they won the GA Music Award for “Video of the Year” for their single “Wrong Way.”
Their song “Get Ready” is being used by the Jacksonville Axemen Rugby Team for promotional commercials and played during home games, and is also on the soundtrack for the new movie “Hair I Go Again” directed by Steve McClure and produced by Kyle Kruger. Both “Get Ready” and the standout track “Alone” will be featured in the new action horror movie and soundtrack “Altered” from award winning film director Kely McClung.