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Liverpool Sound City 2014 Interview: Tommy Wright of Young Kato

 
By on Monday, 12th May 2014 at 11:00 am
 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock and even if you want to pretend you don’t watch Made in Chelsea, you already know that Cheltenham six-piece Young Kato appeared on the tv programme and their fame has grown by leaps and bounds. Having written about them nearly 2 years ago in this Bands to Watch feature in the summer of 2012, I couldn’t be more chuffed for their success.

They’ve been so busy being on the road with You Me at Six and doing their own gigs and making festival appearances, singer Tommy Wright had to rush to meet me after the band just had headed west after making an afternoon appearance at Live at Leeds and had just arrived in Liverpool. Listen below as I speak with the singer of one of the hottest up and coming bands around.

Many thanks to Tommy for his time: I know time was tight in Liverpool, Tommy, and I appreciate you chatting with me. Big thanks also to Paul for sorting this interview out for me.

 

MP3 of the Day #819: Young Kato

 
By on Monday, 7th April 2014 at 10:00 am
 

Having just finished a short stint as support for You Me at Six, Cheltenham’s Young Kato will be heading out on a UK tour later this month and will also be playing several festivals, including Portsmouth Springtide Festival (19 April), Liverpool Sound City (3 May), Live at Leeds (3 May), and all three legs of Dot to Dot Festival in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of May, respectively.

Ahead of all that travelling and performing, the band are giving away a multi-coloured, high energy track called ‘Ignite’ for free in exchange for your email address. Input your details below to take advantage of this offer.

 

Young Kato / April and May 2014 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 21st March 2014 at 9:30 am
 

Cheltenham’s Young Kato will be going on a UK and Irish tour in April through early May. Tickets are on sale now. They will also make an appearance on the Saturday of this year’s Liverpool Sound City.

Before that, they will also be supporting You Me at Six on their five-date March and April UK tour; details are here. Enjoy an acoustic video from the band – well, two of their members – performing next single ‘Help Yourself’, out on Monday (the 24th of March) on BMG/Chrysalis, for TMRW under the tour dates.

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – Oxford Academy
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 24th April 2014 – Guildford Boileroom
Friday 25th April 2014 – Norwich Epic Studios
Saturday 26th April 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Monday 28th April 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 29th April 2014 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Wednesday 30th April 2014 – Belfast Limelight 2
Thursday 1st May 2014 – Dublin Academy 2
Saturday 3rd May 2014 Liverpool Sound City

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxoaa7aeQWY[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1449: Young Kato

 
By on Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Cheltenham’s Young Kato have a brand spanking new video out for ‘Help Yourself’, their next single out on BMG/Chrysalis on the 24th of March. Pure pop goodness. Watch it below.

The band placed #7 on our 10 for 2014 readers’ poll at the end of 2013; we interviewed frontman Tommy Wright then and you can read our feature here. After a one-off date in London in March to launch the single, they’ll be heading out on an extensive UK/Irish tour in April and May, supported by Oxford’s Pixel Fix; all the dates are listed under the video embed.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGoxrWJvNyk[/youtube]

Monday 27th March 2014 – London Islington Garage
Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – Oxford Academy 2
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 24th April 2014 – Guildford Boileroom
Friday 25th April 2014 – Norwich Epic Studios
Saturday 26th April 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Monday 28th April 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 29th April 2014 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Wednesday 30th April 2014 – Belfast Limelight 2
Thursday 1st May 2014 – Dublin Academy 2
Wednesday 7th May 2014 – Bath Moles

 

(10 for 2014!) Quickfire Questions #60: Tommy Wright of Young Kato

 
By on Thursday, 12th December 2013 at 1:00 pm
 

#7 on this year’s TGTF 10 for 2014 reader’s poll was young band from Cheltenham Young Kato. Yesterday, we posted this q&a I did with lead singer and master of hair Tommy Wright. Today, we’ve got his answers to the TGTF Quickfire Questions. Ah yes, we take a stroll down memory lane with Tommy, back to the days of early Busted, as well as a sob-filled scene in 1998. I’ve gotten you hooked, haven’t I? Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I have a ridiculous memory and can still remember myself at about 4-year old playing a toy guitar in front of the whole class. I didn’t play any actual chords, I just strummed along and sung ‘In the Summertime’ by I think Mungo Jerry? Weird child, I know… [Not at all, Tommy. If you’re going to remember a song, make it a classic – Ed.]

What was your favourite song as a child?
As I’ve grown up my musical taste has changed dramatically so can’t really say what my favourite song was, but I know I was at the perfect age when Busted released their debut album, haha!

What song makes you laugh?
Colt 45 – ‘Afroman’

What song makes you cry?
Aqua – ‘Turn Back Time’. I vividly remember the video montage after England got knocked out of the ’98 World Cup – I cried my eyes out.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls0WfopgR9k[/youtube]

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
There are at least 2 songs on our album that I’ve written specifically with my girlfriend in mind. We’ve been together for nearly 3 years and she’s been at pretty much every gig, in front of nine people and 9,000.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Most likely the one in the previous answer if it all goes wrong. I’m confident it won’t, though.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?

‘Imagine’ – John Lennon.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)

I’d have to go with Morrissey and Marr as a combination.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?

In 2011, I had my place booked at university, I even had my accommodation. I was off to study Film and Television and had a real passion for it. However after a week at Reading Festival, I knew I had to take at least one year out to pursue music.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
U2 – ‘The Joshua Tree’ because it is my favorite album of all time.

 

10 for 2014 Interview: Tommy Wright of Young Kato

 
By on Wednesday, 11th December 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Young Kato have had one hell of a year, and we’re not just saying that because they placed at lucky number #7 on the TGTF 10 for 2014 readers’ poll. No, they’ve been very busy lads, so busy that I was very pleased I was able to pin down leader singer Tommy Wright during this busy time and long enough to answer some questions for me. I find out more about their hometown of Cheltenham and how they got started, their connection to Made in Chelsea and what I’m allowed to know about their debut album.

We don’t know a whole lot about you guys. Can you tell us how you all got together? Did you know each other from living in the same town, going to the same school, etc.?
Young Kato was formed in late 2011. We were brought together through the step brother link in the band – Sam (drums) and Jack (lead guitar). I went to school with Jack and Joe Green (guitar), and Sam went to school with Harry (keyboards) and Joe Lever (bass). We all played instruments and had a huge passion for music, so it made sense to get together and make some noise.

Tell us about Cheltenham. We don’t know much about it besides it having a racecourse where Wychwood Festival takes place at the start of the summer.
Cheltenham is known for a few things and music tends to not be one of them. There’s no real scene in Cheltenham so there’s no real specific sound bellowing out of here, but if you look hard enough there are some real gems hidden away across the musical spectrum.

A lot has been made about how young you guys are. What are the pros and cons of being so young in this business? (In comparison, I’m old-ish…)
I think there are only positives for us being as young as we are doing what we are doing. Our sound is youthful and vibrant and we make the most of gigs, etc., enjoying the experiences as you’d expect of six 19/20 year old lads. However, behind all of that, we are very aware of what is going on around us and there’s no naivety in this band. We know what we want and we’re making sure that our debut album sounds perfect along with everything that goes alongside it visually.

I saw you live, performing Saturday night at this year’s Great Escape, directly before the 1975. What were your highlights of the 2013 festival season? What is the crowd reaction these days when Young Kato takes the stage?
The Great Escape festival was a cool experience for us, it was our second gig of the day and we definitely felt we had won the crowd over. It was a pleasure to share the stage with 3 great bands: China Rats, The 1975 and Tribes.

Over the summer we played a few amazing ‘small’ festivals: Barn on the Farm, Y Not and X&Y to name a few. We hope to play every festival possible in 2014. We are always perfecting our live craft whenever we can, making sure that whoever is watching can appreciate every aspect of our music. One of the best reviews we ever had appeared recently after our latest tour in November, where the reviewer came along expecting to hate us (because of the Made In Chelsea connection). As the review read on, he said he was completely and utterly was won over. Job done.

One of the most exciting things to happen to you this year was to be featured on the E4 reality drama Made in Chelsea, and then you played a sold-out show related to the franchise. Tell us about this?
We got a call from the Music producer of the show asking if we’d be up for being on the show. We’d already been played in the background a bit on Made in Chelsea and it had been giving us such great exposure. The show prides itself on showcasing the best new music out there, alongside some incredible established bands. Throughout the rest of 2013, we have been building the foundations of an amazing fan base, touring in the summer and releasing more music. We were asked to headline a gig that would be streamed on 4OD called ‘Played in Chelsea’ for the show. The venue was called ‘Under the Bridge’ at Chelsea FC’s ground. I’ve been a huge Chelsea fan all my life, so it was a great excuse to get to the bridge.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRXl1yqXlCE[/youtube]

So word on the street is your debut album will be released on BMG/Chrysalis next year. What can you tell us about it? Have you decided on a title yet?
The album is completely finished and now we’re focusing on the artwork and everything to go round it. The album is sounding absolutely perfect and the producer we worked with – Dan Grech (Tom Odell, The Vaccines, Lana Del Rey) – really has bought the best out of us. Unlike previous recording sessions, we didn’t walk into the studio and record what we played live. We completely stripped every song apart and put a lot of thought into it all, therefore allowing all 11 songs to flourish. The album isn’t a concept album, neither a vehicle for singles; to us, it’s just 11 strong songs showcasing what we do. We have the title name in the bag… I just can’t tell you yet.

Young Kato Great Escape live

You’ve got an epic, epic hairdo. What is your secret for such good-looking hair? (See photo above for proof.)
Thanks, haha. There is nothing special that I do to create this. I literally wake up, shower and go. There’s the obligatory trip to the barbers to get grade 0.5 on the sides once a month as well.

What exciting things are you all up to this holiday season?
As a band we hate being quiet, we want to be kept busy every second of the day so we’ve scheduled some sessions over the Christmas period. One session in particular we’re performing is a weird version of’ Drink Dance Play’, with 4 old school Casio keyboards for SBTV. We’ve also just released a cover we made for a compilation album. We recorded the cover in 1 day, running back and forth between the two studios in Shoreditch. We chose to cover Boy Meets Girls’ ‘Waiting for a Star to Fall’, as the criteria was ‘Eighties love’. It’s a complete ’80s guilty pleasure, go check it out. Other than this, we will have to take it easy before the New Year kicks in, maybe get a bit of writing in and start a bit for the next album. 2013 has been amazing for us and we’re very grateful, but we’re not stopping now.

Thanks very much to Tommy for answering all my questions! And stay tuned, folks, we have his answers to the TGTF Quickfire Questions for you tomorrow.

 
 
 

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