|Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey is set to embark on a solo Australian tour in May 2002, once again showing his bare bones acoustic side to fans nationwide.|
| Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey is set to embark on a solo Australian tour in May 2002, once again showing his bare bones acoustic side to fans nationwide. Called the
‘Singularity Tour’, this is the second national solo tour for Paul in the last few years – the ‘Lack of Rhythm’ tour of May 2000 was a sell-out around the country. This time the SFK frontman will be travelling with very special guest Grant Lee Philips (formerly of Grant Lee Buffalo) who will join Paul for all but the NSW shows (guest for those shows will be announced later).
The dates are as follows , with tickets going on sale on March 25:
|In the lead up to his solo Singularity Tour, SFK frontman Paul Dempsey will be appearing on ChannelV at Fox Studios this Friday to record a slot for the request program Whatuwant.|
| In the lead up to his solo Singularity Tour, SFK frontman Paul Dempsey will be appearing on ChannelV at Fox Studios this Friday to record a slot for the request program Whatuwant.
Paul will be chatting a bit about the upcoming tour as well as performing a few acoustic tunes. If you’d like to be in the audience for the set, the show is free, and open for all ages – just rock up to the studio and grab a spot in front of the stage.
Friday 3rd May – Channel V, Bent St – Fox Studios, Sydney FREE for ALL AGES to attend show starts at 4-00pm, Paul will perform at approx 6.30 pm.
This month’s issue of Rolling Stone (which hit news stands today, February 13) confirms Something For Kate’s status as on of this nation’s most powerful musical forces, with the magazine’s Annual Reader’s Poll seeing SFK take the popular vote in the four most important categories:
Artist of the Year
The highly regarded awards are yet another indication that Something For Kate is a group at the peak of their creativity and popularity. The Rolling Stone poll comes on top of a host of accolades for SFK, including three songs in Triple J’s Hottest 100 (#2 “Monsters”, #13 “Three Dimensions” and #37 “Twenty Years”) six ARIA nominations and Triple J’s Album Of The Year for ECHOLALIA.
|The latest issue of Rolling Stone (Instore Wed 13th Feb 2003) announces the results of the 2001 Readers Poll. Something for Kate have won the following catergories : Artist of the Year, Best Band, Best Album & Best Single.|
| The latest issue of Rolling Stone (Instore Wed 13th Feb 2003) announces the results of the 2001 Readers Poll. Something for Kate have won the following catergories : Artist of the Year, Best Band, Best Album & Best Single.
The band would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to vote for them.
|Something for Kate latest single “Say Something” is released today. Along with the title tracks is a brand new song ‘Folded Paper Boats’, a cover of Midnight Oils ‘Dreamworld’, and live versions of ‘Chapel St etc’ & ‘Whatever You Want’.|
| Something for Kate latest single “Say Something” is released today. Along with the title tracks is a brand new song ‘Folded Paper Boats’, a cover of Midnight Oils ‘Dreamworld’, and live versions of ‘Chapel St etc’ & ‘Whatever You Want’ both from the Live at the Chapel recording.
Channelv repeat the Something for Kate special Monday 4th February at 11.00pm and again Tuesday 5th February at 11.00am. This 60 minute special includes rare live footage and older interviews aswell as a new interview recorded for this special.
|Sony Music artists have polled extremely well in this year’s Hottest 100 announced on Australia Day. The Hottest 100, 2001 – the Sony Music list: 2. something for kate – monsters 3. system of a down – chop suey 10.|
| Sony Music artists have polled extremely well in this year’s Hottest 100 announced on Australia Day.
The Hottest 100, 2001 – the Sony Music list:
|SFK will be warming up to the Big Day Out tour with an unannounced show at the Prince of Wales Hotel in St Kilda, on the 16th of January. Joining Something for Kate will be DJ T-Rek & Blueline Medic.|
| SFK will be warming up to the Big Day Out tour with an unannounced show at the Prince of Wales Hotel in St Kilda, on the 16th of January. Joining Something for Kate will be DJ T-Rek & Blueline Medic. Doors 8-00pm with SFK onstage at 10-30pm.
There are no advance sales on the gig, so be sure to get there early so you donÂ¹t miss out. The band are playing under the name of ‘Jerry & the Manmade Sharks’ on the night.
In other SFK news, the guys will be releasing the fourth single from Echolalia on the 4th of February. The track is going to be “Say Something”, and will be backed with four bonus b-sides, including some very sought after live material. We will reveal more details a little closer to the date.
Performance times for the BDO have all been confirmed, so check out the info below to find out when you can catch SFK at your respective festival.
28th January – Melbourne Showgrounds Epsom Rd, Flemington Melbourne VIC
1st February – RA&HS Showgrounds Goodwood Rd, Wayville Adelaide SA
3rd February – Claremont Showgrounds Claremont Perth WA
|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.
|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).
|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.