10 for 2014: #7 – Young Kato

By on Thursday, 5th December 2013 at 11:00 am
 

The lads of indie pop/rock group Young Kato may be young, and they’ve certainly not been around all that long. The first time I’d heard of them was summer 2012. But even then, they were already racking up festival appearances, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Festival in Bristol and Gloucester Park Festival, the latter near their hometown of Cheltenham. Not bad for a fledging band of kids, eh?

Then came 2013, when the band’s career was about to speed up like someone had pressed the fast forward button. On the closing night of the Great Escape 2013 back in mid-May, Young Kato played a rammed Old Ship Paganini Ballroom, just prior to the 1975. This was the first time I got to see the energetic sextet perform, and I was not to be disappointed. Singer Tommy Wright, whose curly coiffed head you’ll never miss, commanded the audience with his bracing voice that acted as a call to arms for an epic party. Which then ensued. There’s really no greater validation for a music journalist than to have heard a band on recording, make the decision that they’re going to be huge and then witness in person that you made the right call. I was so pleased for and proud of them. Another milestone for the band happened on the 5th of July 2013, when the band made a high-profile appearance to open the first British branch of trailblazing American burger company Shake Shack in London’s Covent Garden. You can watch some clips of the night and their rousing live performance below.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/70846373[/vimeo]

And as much as us ‘older’ folk on the TGTF staff like to make fun of the posh men- and women-children of Made in Chelsea, the E4 reality drama has given some of our favourite artists some very useful promotion by using their songs on as background music. Young Kato joined the ‘appeared on Chelsea’ ranks this year. No doubt this assisted in increasing their popularity amongst the MID-watching set, and one better, when the show put on a sold-out series of Played in Chelsea gigs at London venue Under the Bridge, it was the Cheltenham lads who were announced as the headliner of one of the club nights. Nice one, E4. And if that wasn’t enough Made in Chelsea excitement for you, there’s more. The band have recorded a cover version of the track ‘Waiting for a Star to Fall’, which will be available to buy exclusively from the ‘Made In Chelsea, The Soundtrack (Vol. 2)’ out next Monday the 9th of December. I’m probably showing my age that I remember the original and remember it fondly, but I have to say, Young Kato’s version is a pretty cool remake.

After reviewing the progress they’ve made in the last 18 months, it’s easy to see why the readers of TGTF voted Young Kato into the lucky #7 position in the 10 for 2014 poll. Congrats, fellas! While they’ve just released an EP, ‘Drink, Dance, Play’, in late October on BMG/Chrysalis (yes, you read that right: major label!), they’re now holed up working on finishing their debut album with Dan Grech, who’s worked his magic with Radiohead, The Vaccines and Lana Del Rey, and I can’t wait to hear the results.

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11:01 am
5th December 2013

10 for 2014: #7 – young might be in their name but Young Kato @YOUNGKATO from Cheltenham are showing how it’s done: http://t.co/0YFKmJwe2H

11:07 am
5th December 2013

RT @tgtf: 10 for 2014: #7 – young might be in their name but Young Kato @YOUNGKATO from Cheltenham are showing how it’s done: http://t.co/…

11:18 am
5th December 2013

RT @tgtf: 10 for 2014: #7 – young might be in their name but Young Kato @YOUNGKATO from Cheltenham are showing how it’s done: http://t.co/…

11:19 am
5th December 2013

RT @tgtf: 10 for 2014: #7 – young might be in their name but Young Kato @YOUNGKATO from Cheltenham are showing how it’s done: http://t.co/…

11:59 am
5th December 2013

RT @tgtf: 10 for 2014: #7 – young might be in their name but Young Kato @YOUNGKATO from Cheltenham are showing how it’s done: http://t.co/…

12:26 pm
5th December 2013

RT @tgtf: 10 for 2014: #7 – young might be in their name but Young Kato @YOUNGKATO from Cheltenham are showing how it’s done: http://t.co/…

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