Review: Something for Kate at the Rosemount Hotel, Perth, 18 November 2017
Saturday night saw the Rosemount play host to alternative rock royalty, Something For Kate. The iconic Melbourne band was in town on their Spring Tour, joined by fellow Melburnians Slowly Slowly.
Slowly Slowly humbly voiced their appreciation for the chance to support one of their major influences and grabbed their opportunity by the scruff of the neck. A solo Ben Stewart casually took stage in front of a heavily building room with his guitar, a looped track and a beautiful voice, only to be joined mid performance by his bandmates. As the remaining three members marched purposefully to their instruments, the impact was instant and memorable. The talented four-piece burst into huge choruses, majestic anthems and crafty songwriting – a quality performance and perfect warm-up for the crowd.
A well overdue break from hibernation has seen Something for Kate tour Australia for a series of club shows for the first time in four years. With the stage draped in white sheets, fairy lights and smoke, the ambience at the Rosemount was warm, intimate and pulsating with excitement.
The unmistakable silhouettes of the towering Paul Dempsey, diminutive Stephanie Ashworth and drummer Clint Hyndman appeared through the smoke, drawing huge applause from their legion of loyal fans and marking the beginning of an unforgettable night. A rock-infused opening of four songs from SFK’s first album opened proceedings, with ‘Captain’ a crowd highlight. The trio delivered slow-burning songs that built to epic proportions, goosebump-inducing solo acoustic performances, and a punk classic in Husker Du’s ‘Don’t Want To Know If You’re Lonely’.
Dempsey has an instinctive ability to deliver exactly what the crowd wants, from audience interaction to song choice. The amazing and diverse catalogue of work SFK has created, enables the captivating frontman to deliver a show anyone would feel fortunate to witness. Add a super-talented band and you have a powerful force creating beautiful sonic landscapes and entrancing moments.
One of these moments was the final song of the set, when ‘Electricity’ was sombrely dedicated to AC/DC great Malcolm Young, whose death was announced during the show.
An encore of ‘Monsters’, ‘Like Bankrobbers’ and ‘The Last Minute’ rounded out the spellbinding two-hour performance.