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Live Review: Something For Kate, Brisbane 2022

Artist: Something For Kate
Venue: Fortitude Music Hall 
Date: March 13th 2022
Reviewer: Hayley Treadwell
Photographer: Andrew Treadwell Photography

Echolalia was a on high rotation in my CD player in 2001. It was the album that introduced me to Something for Kate and kept me following them 20 years on. So when I heard they were doing Echolalia front to back I was thrilled!  Walking into The Fortitude Music Hall is always special. Especially when it’s been so long between gigs. It is one of Brisbane’s most stunning indoor venues.  We grabbed a drink and took our seats and awaited the band to take the stage, and right on schedule at 8.30pm, they took to the stage with an excited filled roar from the crowd. 

Straight into ‘Stunt Show’ and ‘Three Dimensions’, Something for Kate are every bit as good as they were 20 years ago, if not better.  The band are so tight. Paul Dempsey has to be one of the greatest voices in Australian Music and is supported so effortlessly by the band. I could not take my eyes off Bassist Stephanie Ashworth, the way she dances around the stage, it’s like the bass is just an extension of her. And I absolutely love the way Clint Hyndman hits the drums!! But the lovely Olympia on guitars, keys and percussion, was utterly captivating! Her harmonies with Paul and fellow touring musician Adrian , were next level. 

As we continued through Echolalia my favourites were ‘Monsters’, ‘Happy Endings’ and ‘White’.  The crowd enjoyed every moment of hearing the album live, you could see people up out of their seats dancing all over the place.  Once the Echolalia set was done, the crowd showed their great appreciation and then we waited for what would greet us with The Modern Medieval + More set. 

And again, right on schedule the band appeared back on stage, newly outfitted and ready to take us on our next journey. And that they did. Darting through their career, we got to hear songs off multiple albums and some fantastic covers. ‘Situation Room’ and ‘Supercomputer’ were among my favourites, but I have to say the 2 cover songs were outstanding! Taylor Swift’s ‘cardigan’ and David Bowie’s ‘Hero’s’. Not something I was expecting but thoroughly enjoyed.  And then Something For Kate closed out the set with ‘Captain (Million Miles an Hour)’ and The Fortitude Music Hall was left buzzing! 

Whilst on a personal level I was sad not to hear my favourite SFK song, I left happy and satisfied from a night spent enjoying good Australian music! It is evident what Something for Kate have earnt so many accolades in their career. They are a very talented band, who use the skill and love of real instruments to create a wonderful sound. 

Thanks to Something for Kate and Frontier Touring for having us along. 

Until the next gig, 
Hayley 

Set List 

Echolalia: 
Stunt Show 
Three Dimensions 
Jerry, Stand Up 
Monsters 
Old Pictures 
You Only Hide 
Feeding the Birds and Hoping for Something in Return 
Twenty Years 
Say Something 
Manmade Horse 
Happy Endings 
Seasick 
White 

The Modern Medieval + More: 
Waste Our Breath 
Situation Room 
Come Back Before I Come Back To My Senses 
All the Great Minds 
The Fireball at the End of Everything 
Letter to the Editor 
Down the Garden Path 
Supercomputer 
I Will Defeat You 
Cardigan (Taylor Swift cover) 
Heroes (David Bowie cover) 
Captain (Million Miles and Hour)

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