“Fotos y Recuerdos” Available On All Streaming Platforms Here
Kat Von D, who herself was born in Mexico and is a native Spanish speaker, has always felt a deep connection with the music of Selena, even before Kat began recording her own music. Selena’s language-crossover album, Dreaming of You, was Kat’s first introduction to English.
“Selena was such a big part of my childhood! Her music was on constant rotation in our house growing up, so covering “Fotos y Recuerdos” was something that felt natural to me, and I’m so excited for this song to be my first musical release in my native language, Spanish.”
“Fotos y Recuerdos,” a song adapted from the iconic rock group The Pretenders’ song “Back On The Chain Gang,” is at once an emotionally-resonant and energizing blend of the rock roots it originates from, danceable pop and house elements, and Selena’s Latin pop flair to tie it all together. This combination of sounds plays perfectly into the synthwave sound Kat Von D has established for herself on Love Made Me Do It, making “Fotos Y Recuerdos” a truly fitting cover for Kat and her band to add to their discography.
On Kat’s cover, her melancholy vocals carry the pining lyrics through a soundscape of lush, atmospheric piano that gives way to a club-ready electronic beat, resulting in a poignant reimagining that fully displays the strengths of Kat and her band while preserving the energy and emotion of Selena’s original work – an effect Kat looked to achieve as a way to honor and pay tribute to Selena.
“Fotos y Recuerdos,” a song about the heartache of a love not meant to be, is steeped in emotional power that makes Kat’s interpretation all the more meaningful. In the music video, Kat explores the theme of loved ones being gone and spins it as a way to remember those who meant the most to us who have passed away. The video features projections of photos selected by Kat and her band of past people and loved ones who had a great impact on their lives. From Alan Vega, to Lemmy of Motörhead, to Kat’s pet cat who passed away, the music video is a beautiful and touching ode to remembering the ones who meant the most to us, elevated by the power of Selena’s touching songwriting.
Of the meaning of covering this Selena song to her and her bandmates, Kat says, ““Fotos y Recuerdos” has a beautiful chorus that translates to, “And all that I have left of your love, are photos and memories” so for the music video, my bandmates and I compiled a collection of photographs of loved ones we have lost, and had these sentimental images projected onto us while we performed the song. It was an emotional experience to say the least. But one that I hope Selena would be proud of.”
The release of the cover comes as Kat Von D and her band prepare to embark on their first-ever nationwide headlining tour across The United States, kicking off in Pittsburgh, PA on February 28 and concluding in Santa Ana, CA on April 2 before heading over to the UK and Europe. Kat will be joined on tour by her full live band consisting of Gregg Foreman AKA Mr. Pharmacist (synth 1/Cat Power, The Gossip), Sammi Doll (synth 2/IAMX), and Brynn Route. The upcoming tour will feature the opportunity to meet and hang out with Kat Von D and her band through Meet & Greet and VIP upgrade packages. For more information on tour dates, tickets and upgrade packages, visit Katvond.com.