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Courtesy photo Katharsys Theory band members, left to right, are Carlos Vivero, Kevin Sytek, KC Mason and Mike Cohoon.


ALPENA – This local hard rock band continues to work higher, with no end in sight.

Katharsys Theory is being considered for a spot at one of Michigan’s most renowned rock festivals, Upheaval Fest. The festival will take place Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 at Belknap Park in Grand Rapids.

“For a small-town band to play alongside national artists, such as Breaking Benjamin, Mudvayne, Disturbed and Three Days Grace, would be a big step,” KT vocalist and guitarist Carlos Vivero said in A press release.

Band members include Vivero, Kevin Sytek on bass/vocals, Mike Cohoon on guitar/vocals, and KC Mason on drums. They started the group in June 2018.

“Having the opportunity to get on stage with some of the bands I grew up listening to would truly be a dream come true,” Vivero added. “It would definitely be the next stepping stone in our musical career.”

Katharsys Theory has managed to break into the Michigan music scene and establish a foothold across the state over the past three years. It is thanks to their devoted fans that they are considered to play at this festival, the press release states.

“We were selected to be part of what they call the Ambassador Program,” Vivero explained. “They select a number of groups, and each of those groups is responsible for selling a certain number of tickets. The top three groups that sell the most tickets, from the beginning of the year until April 23, get a slot. Right now we are one of the top three groups, but that needs to be finalized.

You can purchase tickets for Upheaval Fest through the band’s direct link – tixr.com/promoters/KATHARSYSTHEORY. Use promo code KATHARSYSTHEORY to save $5 at checkout per ticket purchase.

Vivero said he would categorize KT’s sound somewhere between hard rock and heavy metal, comparing their sound to other bands such as Breaking Benjamin, Killswitch Engage, Trivium or Bullet for My Valentine.

Mason said being able to perform at Upheaval Fest would be a great opportunity to get more exposure.

“It would just allow us to get more exposure and have a bigger fanbase to support us,” Mason said.

“Wherever we play, there’s always a new audience, new eyes, new ears to meet,” Sytek said.

“This show would be, in a way, the next stepping stone to our careers,” Vivero said.

All the guys played in other bands before KT.

“We’ve played in several bands around town over the years,” Sytek said of the band members, all of whom are from the Alpena area except for Vivero, who is from Mexico. He has been at Alpena for almost eight years now.

KT loves performing their music and hopes to do more shows locally and throughout the state and surrounding areas.

“It’s more of a country crowd here,” Sytek noted of the Alpena region. “But there’s a lot of metalheads here who like our stuff.”

They had a show at the APlex last year, and over 300 people came, so they were happy to see that kind of interest and support.

“We had people from Washington, Florida, Ohio, just to see the show,” Vivero said.

KT is writing their second album, Vivero said.

“This album, we wanted everyone to collectively write the music,” he said. “And it’s been pretty awesome… I think the real sound of Katharsys Theory comes out on this album.”

Vivero explained that their lyrics are personal and writing the music is very much like therapy – a cathartic experience. Hence their name.

“I usually write lyrics, but I get suggestions from guys all the time,” Vivero said. “It’s really a collective effort.”

For more information on the group, visit www.facebook.com/katharsytheory.

KT is also at the Detroit Music Awards this year, in the following categories: Outstanding Heavy/Hard Rock Artist; Outstanding Rock Recording; Outstanding live performance; Outstanding Singer (Carlos Vivero); Outstanding Guitar Instrumentalist (Mike Cohoon); Outstanding Percussion Instrumentalist (KC Mason); Outstanding bassist (Kevin Sytek).

Regarding voting, Detroit Music Awards members can vote online at www.detroitmusicawards.net.

Do you know a local band/musician who should be interviewed for a story? Contact Darby Hinkley at [email protected]



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