Single Review: Young Kato – One. Two. Three. Four.

By on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 at 12:00 pm

Cheltenham sextet Young Kato are no strangers to us here at TGTF. Long before their multiple star turns soundtracking and indeed, performing live on Made in Chelsea, they were one of our Bands to Watch here 4 years ago on this humble little Web site. Last year, they released their debut album ‘Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow’, continuing what has been their tradition of fun, dancey pop numbers. While this summer they announced a series of live dates for early October, there wasn’t any real clue what else they’d been up to lately. Until now.

The group will be releasing a new EP, ‘One. Two. Three. Four.’, at the end of this month. To preview the four-pack of brand spanking new tunes, they’ve unveiled the promo video for the release’s title track, which has been released as a single in its own right. What’s quickly clear upon queueing up this track is that they’ve decided to smooth out the sunny bounce of past tracks like ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Light It Up’, preferring a less confrontational, if you will, approach to the music. There’s still an obvious element of dance to the proceedings, but is it possible that, dare I say it, they’ve gone for a more mature angle to their music? The idea of a revolution was hinted at in their debut album but at the time, I didn’t think there was any reason to believe that Young Kato were truly looking into protesting against the Man and demanding social change.

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with overtures of the hedonistic, YOLO variety that this band were previously known for (think ‘Drink, Dance, Play’), usually big haired frontman Tommy Wright – now with a far too neatly trimmed barnet (sob) – sings, “I don’t want to be another brick in the wall”, bolstering the argument that the lads have grown up. An insistent disco beat chugs along underneath the track, representing a more focused use of sound. They could have merely sat on the sidelines or worse, kept their blinders on so they wouldn’t see what was going on outside of the never-ending party world they themselves helped to create. ‘One. Two. Three. Four.’ suggests that no, Young Kato have taken off the rose-coloured glasses, wanting to be more in tune with what’s going on around them.

As Everything Everything‘s third album ‘Get to Heaven’ conveyed to us last year, it’s okay to be scared and confused during these trying times, because it means you’re human. In fact, if anything, Wright’s repeated question of “what can I do, I can’t be the only one feeling this way?” brings him and the whole band back down to our level. Speaking about the EP, Wright says, “This EP marks the start of the next chapter of Young Kato. The ‘One. Two. Three Four.’ EP shows how truly weird and wonderful the chemistry is within our band. We’re going to war with this record…” Hmm. Young Kato have laid the necessary groundwork for what will be quite the anticipated new release.


The ‘One. Two. Three. Four.’ EP from Cheltenham’s Young Kato will be available on the 30th of September from their own Young Kato/Ditto Music label. To have a trawl through of the past coverage we’ve done of the band here on TGTF, use this link.


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