Kat Von D
with very Special Guest Prayers
Monday, February 28th, 2022
Thunderbird Music Hall
4053 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
Long before the history-making tattoos, ubiquitous television shows, best-selling books, and influential beauty empire, Kat Von D sat down at a piano for nearly two hours a day and played. In essence, music became her first creative language and most trusted outlet. Classical training and a deep appreciation for music of all genres essentially underscored her life. This passion funneled into her long-awaited full-length debut album, Love Made Me Do It
[KVD/Kartel Music Group]. A pastiche of shapeshifting analog synths, post-punk dreamscapes, gothic hues, and shy pop magnetism, these eleven songs echo the eternal will of the perennially brokenhearted to love until death. It also fulfilled a lifelong ambition.
“More than any other medium, music has always been at the core of who I am, even before drawing and tattooing,” she exclaims. “I’ve never pursued it publicly until now—which will hopefully be a pleasant surprise.”
Born in Montemorelos, Mexico and growing up in the Inland Empire of Southern California, she honed her chops on piano at just five-years-old. Her grandmother, now 98-years-young, presided over marathon practice sessions daily, while mom ran a timer. In between the tears and resentment, Kat learned how to read music as she developed a fascination with Mozart and her personal favorite Beethoven. This continued until high school when she left home.
Combining the frosty abrasiveness of acts such as Christian Death and Skinny Puppy with the more accessible pop stylings of Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys, Prayers is an electronic rock outfit formed in 2013. Originating out of San Diego, California and comprising members Leafar Seyer (real name Rafael Reyes) and Dave Parley, the band came together after Seyer sought to form a new project after having helmed various others, including Baptism of Thieves and Vampire. The duo aimed to lyrically depict the pitfalls of gang life after Seyer had experienced the culture during his teens. This, combined with reverb-laden drums, resonant synth work, and elements of post-punk, led to the group coining the term “cholo-goth.”
Seyer also on to win awards for Best Music Video and Best Music Video Editing at the San Diego Film Festival in 2015. That same year also saw Prayers return with their second full-length effort, Young Gods, which was produced by blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and featured a cover of Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls” as its lead single. They went on to receive five nominations at the 2015 San Diego Music Awards, ultimately winning Best Alternative Band.
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