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Gutter Talk : Young Kato

Young Kato were live at Glasgow’s Garage this weekend ahead of the release of their debut album, “Don’t Wait Til’ Tomorrow”, out on 3rd May 2015.

I caught up with the band just hours before they took to the stage for an exclusive chat about touring essentials, borrowing from The Smiths and how America are “killing it!” 

Your debut LP comes out next week, how are you feeling?!

Tom Wright (Vocals) : We’re all really excited about it coming out! We’re excited for people to hear things that they haven’t heard before, and it’s a new collection of songs for people to sing back to us when we go on tour again. We aren’t necessarily worried about what people think or how high it will go in the charts, we don’t mind about that too much we just want as many people to hear it as possible.

Does the completed LP live up to your expectations for your debut?

Wright : I don’t know because we changed it a lot! We kind of did a good 60% of it then went away and sat on it, then added a few more tracks each time. I think we’ve sat on it for so long and nit-picked and changed things that I think it’s now as good as it can be. It’s what you expect from Young Kato; its big! It has youthful and colourful songs in there, but we have thrown a few curve balls in there, too. 

How would you describe your musical style to people who haven’t heard it?

Wright : I’d say its youthful, colourful kind of indie or alternative pop with 80’s influences through it.

Harry Steele (Keyboard) : It’s kind of a mixture of everything that we’ve grown up on and listened too, so yeah it’s a weird mix.

You’ve taken inspiration from Australian electro pop bands but who are your home grown inspirations?

Wright : Throughout my teen years, I listened to a lot of The Smiths so that probably showcases sometimes. I think that the vibrato that I use with my voice was picked up somewhere along the line from them. We just absolutely love well-written pop songs, and that’s kind of the vibe that we go for.

Steele : We listen to anything as long as we believe it’s well structured and well written.

Wright : In terms of British bands we were brought up on Oasis, they are key.

You’ve been touring the UK for a the past month, is tour life living up to what you thought it would be?

Wright : Well, I don’t know. I mean this kid (Lever) is almost falling asleep! (Laughter) With the tour, yeah, you learn that it’s probably not best to be out drinking all night and ending up extremely hungover.

Joe Lever (Bass) : Yeah, I agree but I still love it!

Wright : Yeah, we love it but there is a lot of waiting around in the day and loading everything in just for 45 minutes of stage time. We’re still all getting on really well so it’s kind of like a little holiday for us.

You’ve been the support act for bigger bands that have much larger crowds, how do you find playing to them?

Wright : That’s what we love! All of the support tours we’ve done have been wicked! We love the challenge of seeing new people and faces in the room, trying to impress them.

Steele : We feel like we’re up to any challenge and will support anyone.

Jack Edwards (Guitar) : We try our best to get our name and the sound across to the audience.

Wright : We want to get as many people as possible to hear our songs and get involved with our music. Even if everyone listened to it and said they didn’t like it, that’s still great for us as long as they’ve heard it! 

How do you feel about the current UK music scene? Do you think it’s exciting or in need of a revamp?

Wright : I don’t know. that’s hard. There are like some gems that come up now and again, but I guess America are really killing it at the minute.

Edwards : There is too many styles around bass at the moment and not enough actual music.

Lever : Yeah, there’s not a lot of substance in a lot of things that are coming out.

Wright : We need more really cool new bands!

What do you do to relax when you’re having downtime away from tour?

Lever : We’re going trampolining tomorrow!

Wright : Yeah, I think it’s called zero gravity. it’s a big trampolining thing in Glasgow. They emailed us and asked if we wanted to come down so we’re definitely up for that.

What song are you most proud of writing?

Wright : There’s a song that’s going to be our next single,“Runaway” and for us, we think it’s the best song we’ve ever written to date. We’re really proud of it and love the production of it. “Drink, Dance, Play” is the best live song for us because everyone just looses their shit and it’s brilliant!

What does the rest of 2015 have in line for Young Kato?

Wright : I think the plan is to finish this tour and try and smash the album by getting as many people hearing it as possible. That will lead us into festival season and we’ll do a few European dates as well; we’ve booked Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris. At the end of festival season, we might look into doing another tour; a support or headline tour. but either way we’ll be on the road again by the end of the year.

 

Live Review : Young Kato, The Garage (25/04/15)

Bringing a fresh slice of electro pop to the British music scene, Cheltenham-based Young Kato showed Glasgow what they’re all about when they went under the spotlight at The Garage this weekend.

Flashing lights and a mini-eruption from the crowd saw Young Kato take to the stage; frontman, Tommy Wright introduced the band and opening track, “Ultraviolet”. “Light It Up” and “Runaway” followed; the latter being their forthcoming single and a track that the band confided in the crowd that they are very proud of writing. Young Kato added their gratitude to fans for coming out to spend a Saturday night with them, confessing to a love of the energy that comes with Scottish shows.

“Remedy”, “Breakout” and “Stephanie” were played and saw both the band and their fans in full swing. The gig was part of Young Kato’s current UK tour which has them out on the road in support of their debut LP, “Don’t Wait Til’ Tomorrow”, scheduled for release next month. “Just Say The Word Away” and “Children Of The Stars” were also given an airing.

Wright announced that Young Kato would be playing a small acoustic set later in the evening and that requests from fans would be more than welcome. However, their stint at The Garage was not over; the entire audience seemed to abandon their inhibitions to “Drink, Dance, Play”. “Sunshine” closed the zesty set with Wright encouraging fans to bounce up and down in a last eruption of energy. The Glaswegian punters, of course, were only too happy to oblige him.

“Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow” is out on 3rd May 2015.

Kerri Watt Presents “You” + Scottish Tour Dates

Scottish singer/songwriter, Kerri Watt releases brand new EP, “You” on Monday 27th April 2015 via The Libertines’ Gary Powell’s record label, 25 Hour Convenience Store Records.

Gutter HQ first brought Milngavie-born, Kerri Watt and her unique blend of Orange County-inspired pop/rock in February 2013. Since then, she has released 2014 debut EP, “Who’s Lovin’ Me Now?”, supported both Ward Thomas and fellow Scot, Nina Nesbitt on tour and worked with Tom Fuller, a producer known for his work with Mumford & Sons, Robbie Williams and The X Factor’s, Ella Henderson.

To coincide with the release of “You”, Watt will be out on tour across her native Scotland in the first weekend on May 2015; kicking off with a date at Glasgow’s The Garage (Attic Bar) on Friday 1st May before playing shows at Perth’s The Green Room (Saturday 2nd May 2015) and Mad Hatter’s in Inverness (Sunday 3rd May 2015).

22 year old Watt is looking forward to playing to a home crowd, “It’s important for me to stay involved with people that gave me support when I first started out, so I was keen to head back out and play some shows at home. I’m proud to be a Scot and am always amazed at the incredible musical talent that we have. I always want to stay a part of that”.

“You” is available from Monday 27th April 2015.

Kerri Watt will be at Glasgow’s The Garage (Attic Bar) on Friday 1st May 2015.

 

 

 

Gig Guide, Glasgow: 22/04/2015

Gigs This Week

Hometown heroes, Texas are set to take to the stage at The Royal Concert Hall tonight (Wednesday 22nd April 2015). Fronted by Sharleen Spitiri, the band formed back in 1986 and released their eighth studio album, “The Conversation” in May 2013. The band played a very special set at King Tuts last week as part of Sunday Mail’s Seven Nights line-up.

Tonight (Wednesday 22nd April 2015) will also see The Early November play at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. The band, from New Jersey, formed in 1999 but split in 2007, before reforming in 2011. Next month will see them release, “Imbue”, their fourth studio LP.

The SSE Hydro will play host to English singer/songwriter, Ben Howard this Friday (24th April 2015). The indie folk musician scooped two BRIT Awards in 2013 for “Best British Breakthrough Act” and “Best British Solo Male”. Howard’s second studio album, “I Forgot Where We Were” was released in October 2014.

Young Kato will be claiming The Garage’s centre stage spot this Saturday (25th April 2015) ahead of the scheduled release of their debut LP, “Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow” next month. Following the 2012 release of their self-titled EP, the six-member strong band have gained popularity, largely due to tracks, “Drink, Dance, Play” and “Help Yourself”.

LA-based band, Echosmith will be at King Tut’s this weekend (Sunday 26th April 2015). The band formed in 2009 and released their debut album, “Talking Dreams” in October 2013. Their signature song, “Cool Kids”, has become a fast favourite among UK radio listeners this year.

The daddy of boybands, Take That kick off a triple treat at The SSE Hydro next week (Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th April 2015). The band, now a trio, formed in 1990 and enjoyed chart success throughout the first half of the decade with tracks including, “Back For Good”, “Pray”, “Relight My Fire” and their take on Barry Manilow’s “Could It Be Magic?” before splitting in 1996. Since reforming (minus Robbie Williams) in 2006, the band have gone on to become bigger and better than ever before; Williams even rejoined them for 2010 album, “Progress” and the accompanying tour. Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald are out in support of latest LP, “III”. Support comes in the form of X Factor’s answer to Adele, Ella Henderson.

Just Announced

Veteran Scots’ band, Simple Minds have announced plans to play Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Saturday 28th November 2015 as part of their upcoming tour. The band released their 16th studio LP, “Big Music” last October.

Electro, indie-dancefloor friendly, Hot Chip will be at The Barrowland in Glasgow on Friday 16th October. The band, who formed in 2000, release their sixth studio album, “Why Make Sense?” next month.

Tickets on-sale on Friday 24th April 2015 @ 9am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSD 2015 : Celebrate In Glasgow

Keep your iPods! Save your Spotify! This weekend is all about LPs! Record Store Day 2015 is this Saturday (18th April 2015) and Gutter HQ has the lowdown on where you can celebrate the art of vinyl and the long-running reign of independent record stores across the world.

Monorail Music (King Street, Glasgow)

One of Glasgow’s best music hubs is hosting a very special Record Store Day celebration this weekend. The venue will have hundreds of exclusive, limited vinyl for sale (that’s what it’s all about, after all) as well as homebaking, activities for the little ones and live music from Rose McDowall, Pennycress and Halfrican, among others and DJ sets from Roxanne Clifford (Veronica Falls) and JD Twitch (Optimo). This event is completely FREE and kicks off on Saturday 18th April 2015 at 9am.

The Glasgow Film Theatre (Rose Street, Glasgow)

Empire Records, Friday 17th April @ 11pm

“Empire Records, open till Midnight!” Is there a better place to work than here? The GFT are airing this 90s nostalgia trip this weekend in celebration of Record Store Day 2015. This cult classic starring Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger follows a group of record store employees on a particularly stressful day at work . . . Rex Manning Day!

The Record Factory (Byres Road, Glasgow)

The newest addition to Glasgow’s West End music scene boasts an eclectic and exciting line-up of live music this Saturday (18th April 2015). Dutch outfit, My Baby are kicking off proceedings at 2pm (before they head off to The Barrowland for a sold-out slot supporting Seasick Steve!) Joining My Baby are The Ravels, Fly Jackson, Something, Someone and Sophie Rogers. The Record Factory will also play host to an array of record sellers and vintage clothes stalls AND “vinyl only” DJ sets from XFM special guest DJS. Enough? No? No problem! Their nom, nom, nom kitchen will be open from Noon until 8.45pm AND their Beer Garden will play host to very special guest acoustic sets.

Love Music (Dundas Street, Glasgow)

Our friends at Love Music lead the celebration of independent record stores worldwide with their annual (and much anticipated) RSD event this Saturday (18th April 2015). Come for the cakes, stay for the live music . . . The exclusive (and VERY exciting) line-up includes Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, The Mickey 9’s, Fini Tribe, Tuff Love, ex-My Chemical Romance guitarist, Frank Iero among others. The queue starts shortly before 6am, we’ll see you there!

 

 

Live Review: Lower Than Atlantis, The Garage (13/04/15)

Labelling Glasgow the “party capital of the world”, there was a real feeling in the air that Lower Than Atlantis’ gig at the city’s Garage on Monday night would be a memorable one, even before the band took to the stage.

The Watford-based band took to the stage to a raucous reception and wasted no time in setting the high-octane tone with opener, “Criminal”. “Love Someone Else” followed as well as a throwback to their 2010 debut with track, “Far Q” and “Stays The Same” from their latest self-titled LP. Frontman, Mike Duce then asked the venue if there was anyone called Emily in the room, before the four-piece tore through their track of the same name.

During the set, Duce stopped and, by his own admission, said “cheesy things to the crowd because that’s what singers in bands do”. “Ain’t No Friend”, “English Kids In America” and “High At Five” shaped the energetic set. The band interacted playfully with their audience; Duce stuck a sticker to his chest thrown on stage by a fan and a bunny mask which found its way to the stage was passed between all four members.

“Marilyn’s Mansion” and “Sewer Side” were next, but it was “(Motor) Way Of Life” which provoked the biggest reaction from the crowd. In keeping with the Glaswegian way of things, both Duce and guitarist, Ben Sansom happily accepted fans’ challenge to “down their drinks”, spilling a considerable amount of beer (down themselves) in the process. “Wars With Words” and “Deadliest Catch” saw the band bow out.

Returning with an acoustic guitar, Duce stepped back up to the mic and asked the crowd to split apart in the middle; he then left the stage and stood in the newly-formed space among fans. Standing with just his guitar and mic, he asked the crowd to sit down while he played, “Another Sad Song”. Duce rejoined his bandmates onstage for, “Beech Like The Tree”. The band thanked fans for their support and expressed their love of playing in Glasgow; the traditional Glaswegian chorus of, “Here We Fucking Go” cemented that the feeling was mutual.

 

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