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SFK’s ECHOLALIA voted #1 album at Triple J

18/12/2001 01:09

Something for Kate’s platinum album ECHOLALIA was voted “Album of the Year” by Triple J listeners during the “2001” program’s annual poll, announced yesterday.

Something for Kate’s platinum album ECHOLALIA was voted “Album of the Year” by Triple J listeners during the “2001” program’s annual poll, announced yesterday.

ECHOLALIA was also anointed by Triple J’s resident guru Richard Kingsmill, as his own “Album of the Year”.

The poll is a further testament to a breakthrough year for the Melbourne three piece, having attracted many new fans and critical acclaim for ECHOLALIA, their third album.

SFK’s frontman Paul Dempsey is set to return from his tour of East Timor this week, where he joined Killing Heidi and GT to entertain the Australian troops stationed on peacekeeping duties.

Something for Kate will now prepare for their upcoming live performances at the annual Falls Festival Dec 30th at Lorne Victoria and the National Big Day Out which commences on Jan 20th at the Gold Coast.


Sfk – Homebake Highlights

18/12/2001 01:08

Something for Kate kicked off the summer festival circuit last weekend with a performance at Homebake in Sydney.

Something for Kate kicked off the summer festival circuit last weekend with a performance at Homebake in Sydney. Included in their main stage set was a rare performance of the Midnight Oil classic ‘Dreamworld’ , which the band put together for the recently released Power & Passion – Midnight Oil tribute album. The song brought the patriotic crowd alive, one of the stand out moments for Australian music¹s big day.

SFK also brought out some older favourites including “Dean Martin” and “Pinstripe”, as well as serving up pretty tasty renditions of tracks from Echolalia.

The band will be throwing their weight behind a number of other festivals over the next little while, performing at the Falls Festival on 30th December and the Big Day Out shows around the country in January and February 2002.

As part of the Big Day Out in Sydney this year, HMV will be presenting an award for the Australian Artist of the Year and you can vote for Something for Kate by going to http://www.hmv.com.au, then clicking on the flashing Australia Day Music Awards icon on the right hand side of the screen.

(By voting you¹re in the running to win $500 in HMV vouchers).


Paul Dempsy Talks Homebake

07/12/2001 01:10

You could search for years and never find a man who deserves a spot at Homebake more than Paul Dempsy.

You could search for years and never find a man who deserves a spot at Homebake more than Paul Dempsy. Not only is the Something For Kate frontman a fantastic songwriter, imaginative guitarist, and distinct vocalist, he is also a guy with a firm belief in Australian music and just as importantly, genuine, workable ideas on how to help it flourish.

Asked what the most admirable feature of Aussie music is, Paul’s answer is simple. “Honesty,” he laughs. “That’s probably a big generalisation, but it seems to be something that Australian bands need to possess.” Of course, this honesty arises for a lot of reasons ­ the fair dinkum’ Aussie attitude most obviously. However, Dempsy also sees it as the positive flip side of the struggle Australian bands face in winning support in an increasingly global music scene. “Within Australia there seems to be an unconditional acceptance of anything that comes from overseas with any sort of hype behind it,” explains Paul carefully. “Australia has so much quality and variety, but it still doesn’t seem to be able to generate the same sort of excitement as the flavour of the month from over seas.”

It’s a sensitive subject ­ especially on a day when Australian music celebrates it’s own existence ­ but Paul is a long way from writing off the Australian music industry altogether. His feeling is more a question of why the spirit of a festival like Homebake isn’t something we carry around with us all the time. “I think Australian bands can suffer from a short attention span on behalf of the Australian music industry,” explains Paul. “Being a small populace, with a relatively small music scene, that can place limits on the attention Australian bands receive, regardless of any question of the quality of what they’re coming out with. There are some Aussie bands at the moment who are putting out like their sixth, seventh or eighth record and not getting the attention they deserve because everyone is like oh, it’s just them again’.”

It’s a tough fact, but also one we shouldn’t shy away from. To Dempsy, both the reason and solution for this situation are pretty simple, and as Australian as gumboot throwing and goannas. “I’d like to see our cultural cringe go, and I’d like to see our tall poppy syndrome go with it,” he says. Paul points to initiatives like Homebake and Triple J’s Australian Music Month (which ran all through November, including a fantastic J Files on SFK) that are helping to smash the glass ceiling, seeing a bright future down that path. “Homebake is so wonderful because it’s just a big day of Australian bands,” he says. “I think it’s the only festival that always features exclusively Australian bands, and it’s wonderful to see it go so well.”

And so with all this talk of Australian music, what exactly does Paul Dempsy think an Australian band should sound like, if it is to be genuinely Australian. Once again, the answer is pretty simple. “No band should try to sound like anything. It’s fine to have your influences, the music you love. But remember, nobody wants to listen to you just reinterpret those influences, they want to listen to you.”

(This article appears in this year’s official Homebake program, availabe on the day for $4.


SFK – No Rest For The Wicked

30/11/2001 01:10

As another year staggers to a close and we all think about winding down, Something For Kate are getting busy as hell. Of course, the biggest priority at the moment is Homebake in Sydney’s Domain on December 8.

As another year staggers to a close and we all think about winding down, Something For Kate are getting busy as hell.

Of course, the biggest priority at the moment is Homebake in Sydney’s Domain on December 8. “Homebake is so wonderful because it’s just a big day of Australian bands,” SFK singer and guitarist Paul Dempsey said recently. “I think it’s the only festival that always features exclusively Australian bands, and it’s wonderful to see it go so well.” But Homebake isn’t the only thing on the horizon for the guys.

SFK are dropping into Penrith on Thursday the 6th of December for an acoustic performance for Triple M’s Club Veg. The over 18’s gig is happening at the Penrith RSL and begins at about 6pm.

This Friday night, the band are also appearing on Channel 10’s Cold Live at the Chapel. The show screens at 12.15AM on Friday night (Sat morning).

SFK’s third album Echolalia is in the running for Triple J’s 100 Best Album’s of 2001. The countdown starts at 5pm on December 16, hosted by Aussie music guru Richard Kingsmill, so drop into http://www.abc.gov.au/triplej/ and vote for Echolalia as soon as you can.

For pay TV viewers, Paul Dempsey will also feature on a Music Country one hour special called “MC Live and Exclusive” which brings together the best live performances for the station in 2001. Paul’s acoustic version of “Monsters” is among the tracks, so if you want to check it out tune into Music Country on: December 9, 13, 17 at 8pm and December 29 at 7.30pm.


SFK Live At The Chapel

22/11/2001 01:11

Something for Kate will be following up their great set for Channel V’s Live at VHQ last Friday (a set which saw the band pull out some old classics including “Dean Martin” and an acoustic version of “Stunt Show”) with another live TV performance on November 30.

The band will appear on the series of Cold Live at the Chapel on Network 10, November 30th. This is a unique opportunity to see the band perform in a very intimate setting ­ the series is filmed in the amazing venue of the Little Chapel in Melbourne ­ and there’s a pretty good chance the gig will bring out some of their rarer tracks songs.

Check local guides for airing time.


SFK confirm BDO

15/11/2001 01:11

With Australian audiences currently going crazy for Something For Kate’s new album Echolalia, the band have just been confirmed for this year’s Big Day Out tour.

With Australian audiences currently going crazy for Something For Kate’s new album Echolalia, the band have just been confirmed for this year’s Big Day Out tour. The SFK kids will be taking the stage with the likes of LA metal gods System of a Down and Australia’s favourite sons silverchair for the shows, and will be both the West Coast and East Coast legs of the tour.

The lead up to the Big Days Out will be pretty intense for the band, who are also appearing at Homebake (December 8) and have just released their third single from Echolalia, a track called “Twenty Years”. The single is a five rack release, featuring two live tunes from SFK’s last tour as well as a
brand new b-side.

Be sure to catch ythem at Big Day Out:

20th January, Gold Coast QLD
26th January, Sydney NSW
28th January, Melbourne VIC
1st February, Adelaide SA
3rd February, Perth WA


SFK – Free Gig – Friday 16 Nov @ Channel v Fox Studios

14/11/2001 01:11

If your in Sydney on Friday 16th November dont miss a free live performance at Channel v at the Fox Studios Complex at Moore Park. This one hour performance begins at 5-00pm and is free for all ages to attend.

If your in Sydney on Friday 16th November dont miss a free live performance at Channel v at the Fox Studios Complex at Moore Park. This one hour performance begins at 5-00pm and is free for all ages to attend.

Something For Kate Go Platinum

31/10/2001 01:12

Something For Kate’s third album Echolalia has achieved platinum sales in Australia, which is excellent news for the band, and proof that the Melbourne outfit are finally receiving the recognition they deserve.

Something For Kate’s third album Echolalia has achieved platinum sales in Australia, which is excellent news for the band, and proof that the Melbourne outfit are finally receiving the recognition they deserve. Lead by the strength of the singles “Monsters” and “Three Dimensions” ­ both of which have been firm favourites on radio and television ­ Echolalia has become SFK’s most successful release to date.

Now, as the band prepares to launch the third single from the album, “Twenty Years”, things look like they’ll continue to grow for the group. “Twenty Years” is currently at radio and television, and will be in stores Monday November 5, so be sure to vote for ‘Twenty years’ on JJJ’s online request show the Net 50, or request the video-clip on Channel V’s By Demand.

In other news about Echolalia, the album will be available on Vinyl in the next week or two, so for all those hi-fidelity freaks out there, you’ll finally be able to spin SFK on the big wheel.

Triple J’s Richard Kingsmill will be airing a special Something for Kate ‘J-files’ on Nov 8th from ‘0PM. In the program there will be interview’s with the band members and heaps of rare recordings, b-sides and live recordings. Not to be missed.

And, if you’re in the Sydney area, don’t miss your chance to see the band perform their new single live for free when they hit the Channel V stage at Fox Studios in a couple of weeks. The details are:

Channel V Studios – Bent St Fox Studios
Friday, 16th November: 5.00pm – FREE SHOW


Twenty Years

23/10/2001 01:12

20 Years will be the next single released from the ‘Echolalia’ album. The video clip should reach TV next week, we’ll keep you updated here as to when and where you can see it. The single is currently scheduled for release on the 5th November.

Something for Kate’s next single ‘Twenty Years’ is released in less than 2 weeks on the 5th November. The single will contain 5 tracks : Twenty Years, A Break from Feeding the Birds (a remix of Something in Return), A Remarkable Lack of Foresight (a brand new song) and Like Bankrobbers & Anchorman Live from the Forum Theatre in Melbourne.

’20 Years’ will be the next single released from the ‘Echolalia’ album. The video clip should reach TV next week, we’ll keep you updated here as to when and where you can see it. The single is currently scheduled for release on the 5th November.


Six Nominations For Something For Kate!

14/09/2001 01:13

In recognition of their platinum selling third album ‘Echolalia’, Melbourne trio Something for Kate has been nominated for six awards at the forthcoming 15th Annual ARIA Music Awards.

In recognition of their platinum selling third album ‘Echolalia’, Melbourne trio Something for Kate has been nominated for six awards at the forthcoming 15th Annual ARIA Music Awards.

At Tuesday’s pre-awards nominations ceremony held in Sydney, Something for Kate were nominated for Album Of The Year, Best Alternative Release, Best Group and Record Of The Year, along with bassist Stephanie Ashworth for Best Cover Art – Echolalia, and long-time collaborator Bart Borghesi for Best Video – Monsters. This is fitting recognition for the greatest Australian artist success story of 2001.

While the album Echolalia makes its mark in the ARIA Charts, its two singles – ‘Monsters’ and the current top 40 hit ‘Three Dimensions’ – have been embraced by the full gamut of radio networks across the nation.

After two sell-out headline tours this year, Something for Kate will be treading the boards for a third time, joining good friends Powderfinger on their “New Suburban Fables” tour in October and November.

The ARIA Awards will be staged at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney on October 3rd.