KICKIN VALENTINA represents loud unapologetic rock n roll. The band is quickly gaining attention while growing a solid fan base across the US and abroad. In 2016, KICKIN VALENTINA began recording their second full length album “Imaginary Creatures” being released on Mighty Music/Target Group, and is set for a May 2017 release date. The band has once again chosen to work with renowned Producer/Engineer Andy Reilly (Bruce Dickinson, UFO, Asia, The Quireboys) at Muse Productions in Atlanta. 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 and released their first full length album “Super Atomic” to rave reviews around the world. „We are excited to continue our relationship with Mighty Music/Target Group for the release of our second full length album „Imaginary Creatures.“ In 2016 we completed successful tours of the U.S. and Europe in support of our debut album „Super Atomic.“ We can’t wait to play new places and meet our die-hard fans around the world in 2017″ states bassist Chris Taylor.
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.
„Album of the year, nothing more nothing less. A masterpiece in the hard rock-genre“ – 10 out of 10 Metalized (Denmark)
“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.” – Classic Rock Magazine (UK)
“They are certainly one of the best bands of this style I’ve heard in a while.” 7 out of 10 – Powerplay Magazine (UK)
“This album is in my opinion one of the best sleazy hard rock albums that have come from an American band in the past several years. In fact I would go so far and say – this is one of the best albums in this genre that have come in the last five years.” 5 out of 6 – Calles Rock Corner (Denmark)