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Something For Kate – Live in Perth, 7th June 2013

| 24 July 2013 | Reply

The Astor Theatre, Perth, Western Australia
Friday 7th June, 2013
Review & Photography by Maree King

Something For Kate live Perth by Maree King  (4)
Something for Kate return from a 6 year hiatus, but their loyal and fervent fans packed out the Astor Theatre in Mount Lawley to watch one of the country’s most influential rock indie bands from the 90’s belt out some of their classic tracks. Having an extensive back catalogue to choose from they did not disappoint and starting off with Caption (Million Miles An Hour) before settling in to some of their favourites, Kaplan/Thornhill and the rockier Anarchitect.

Paul Dempsey commanded the stage from the beginning, dancing around frenetically, playing slick guitar and enthralling with vocals made for an enigmatic performance. The chemistry on stage with bassist and now wife Stephanie Ashworth and Clint Hyndman on drums was palpable. The Astor was the perfect venue to carry Dempsey vocal talents and allowed the crowd to get as close to the stage as they wanted to dance or just sit back and watch from their seats and balcony. Dempseys’ rapport with the full house crowd was undeniable and they responded in kind, cheering and clapping as each song started, singing all the words and bantering back and forth.

Showcasing his skillful talents with an acoustic version of Light At The End Of The Tunnel, they slipped in a cover version of the Hunters & Collectors classic When The River Runs Dry, being a poignant salute to Australian rock music and clearly a musical influence for Something for Kate. Exiting the stage after a 90 minute set, it didn’t take long for them to return with the crowd chanting for more, and they ran through the second cover song of the night, Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris and Florence and the Machine. The diversity and depth that Dempsey exhibits as the song flows to a gentle falsetto is evocative and haunting, his talents bordering on genius. They followed with fan favourites Electricity and wrapped up the show with Deja Vu.

It may be a while before we get to see such a show again as Dempsey and Ashworth have made New York home, but for those who made it to the Astor to witness this performance it won’t be forgotten easily.


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