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RED KATE is a no bullshit, class conscious punk rock & roll band from Kansas City, MO. The band's newest release, a split with Lawrence, KS punks, Stiff Middle Fingers, is eight minutes of tight chaos packed onto 7 inches of virgin black vinyl.

The split 7" is a follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed sophomore LP, unamerican activities, released in 2016 on their coop label, Black Site. With the election of an authoritarian narcissist to the White House and white supremacy again on the rise, this hard, fast and angry polemic on the current state of affairs has turned out to be unfortunately prescient.

RED KATE formed in 2007 from the remnants of regional and national acts Truck Stop Love, Wayback Machine, Squadcar, and Goodpuss. A couple of lineup changes over the years brought in former River City Revelators guitarist, Desmond Poirier on lead, and most recently, American Catastrophe front man Shaun Hamontree on rhythm.

The band’s sound tips a cap to the beer soaked barroom floors of the 70s British Pub-Rock scene and the modern blues-punk sound that has since taken root in Midwest dive bars and basements. Hard working both on and off the stage, the band’s locale has lent its perspective in sound, lyric, and work ethic. Straight off the factory line, RED KATE hearkens back to a time when musicians played hard, stayed up late, and carried a union card.

RED KATE released its first LP, When the Troubles Come, on Replay Records in 2013 and a split 7" on Mills Record Company with fellow Kansas City punks, The Bad Ideas, in 2014.

Available Releases


Unamerican Activites

Red Kate

Critically acclaimed sophomore LP from KC's hardest working, most unapologetic rock and roll band.
" outpouring of pent-up political frustration and good old-fashioned punk rock that combine together for catchy-yet-unrelenting rock that checks all the major boxes for an incredible album." - Mills Record Company
"...the noise we need to hear. The reactionary force to the bullshit of everyday life." - I Heart Local Music



Split 7"

Red Kate / Stiff Middle Fingers

Eight minutes of tight chaos packed onto 7 inches of virgin black vinyl from two of the Midwest's finest punk rock bands. If this record doesn't make you move, call an ambulance. You may be dead. This release marks Stiff Middle Fingers debut on vinyl.