Kate Renegade plays heavy pop / rock and roll out of Chicago. Their newest songs are a deft mix of vintage rock storytelling à la The Replacements or The Pretenders, with a contemporary, visionary sound that smolders at its edges.
The sometimes soft, sometimes fierce vocals of frontwoman Steph Maieritsch impart an unapologetic intimacy, while the contributions of bandmates Noah Vandercook, Eric Unger, and Bix Trash help create finely-crafted pieces that combine assured pop instincts with a true rock grit. Or, as the Chicago Tribune put it: “deep lyrics and tightly-constructed instrumentation packed into a few minutes.”
The band met in 2015, and played numerous shows around the Chicago area under their former band name, Nest. After embarking on a midwest tour and developing new material, they were reborn as Kate Renegade - a name that more accurately reflects their music: fierce and focused, heavy and melodic, tough and emotive.
With the release of their sophomore album New Unquiet Life, recorded with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Kate Renegade cements their place in the future of guitar-driven indie rock. As Maieritsch sings in the new song Theories of Forgetting, “I was never one to watch silently, the queen can see the future as a memory.” Maieritsch and Kate Renegade have something to say, and they will say it with heart, intelligence, and a refined intensity reminiscent of the highest stars in the rock’n’roll night sky.