Interview: Something For Kate
This week, Something For Kate mark their return to the scene with the release of their sixth studio album, Leave Your Soul To Science (Read our review of the album here.) It’s clear that the fans are just as keen as the band to see the new material develop on the live stage, with the select Something For Kate ‘warm up’ shows selling out within minutes and earning rave reviews. Ahead of the album’s release and their upcoming national tour, drummer Clint Hyndman spares some time to let us know how he’s feeling now the band is edging closer to the next phase of SFK taking flight.
“It’s pretty overwhelming actually.” Hyndman admits. “Obviously, it’s something that you work closely on and we’ve kept it between the three of us for so long. When you release it out to the world, it’s quite daunting, especially in this world of social media, which wasn’t around when we first put out our records years ago. You actually are able to see what people think of the record! That’s quite bizarre. I was talking about that this morning; you never really used to hear exactly what people thought of the record but now, with tweeting and all of that crap around… It’s also exciting because I’m really happy with the record and I think it sounds fantastic.”
Leave Your Soul To Science comes six years after the band’s last album, wherein the band spent time working on other projects; namely, Paul Dempsey’s solo venture and relocation to the United States with wife and bandmate, Steph Ashworth. For Hyndman, getting back in the studio with Dempsey and Ashworth was not a process marred by the negative effects of distance and time.
“It [recording] was exciting! Every year we got back together to write new songs for this record and then something happened and we were like, ‘Let’s delay it and do the record next year’ and so on. When we finally made the decision to put the record out, it was good! Nothing’s really changed, we’ve kept in contact and we’re really close friends. It was really smooth; we worked quite quickly, quicker than we had in the past. Also, in the past, we blocked out three weeks in the studio to write songs, whereas this time, because we were all so busy with the other things that we’re doing, we left it to two days a week and in those two days we would cram all things we’d usually cram into a week in! Things happened quicker and it was enjoyable.”
As Clint and I chat, Triple J announces that the record has become available to be streamed in full online. Commenting on how this marks a change in the industry itself, the drummer details how the band reacted to the intensive positive response the lead single “Survival Expert” and the gig announcements.
“It was really important for us [playing the smaller shows]. I mean, I’ve played a few gigs with people over the past few years; nothing was as big as Something For Kate. Steph and I were really keen on doing the small shows to get back and used to it. When we were walking to the Ballarat show, which was the warm up show for the other warm up shows, Steph and I were shitting ourselves! We were like, ‘We can’t do it, let’s go!’ because it was really unnerving to get up there and do it again! Especially when performing to a bunch of people who had been waiting so patiently for it, it was a bit weird. It’s good now, we’ve settled back into it and we’re looking forward to the tour.”
Throughout October, the wider Australian public will be able to catch the Melbourne trio showcasing Leave Your Soul to Science as they head across the country on their first album tour in over four years. Fans can be expecting a full run of new material, as well as some classics – though Hyndman reveals that some tracks may be given new life on stage this time round.
“They’re [the new songs] going down really well, to be honest. We rehearsed yesterday for the tour and I think we played 30 songs in the rehearsal and obviously, a hell of a lot of the back catalogue. As we expected, the newer ones feel fresh and feel like they’re just going down better for us; but maybe that’s because they sound fresh to us and we’ve listened to them a whole lot more. The old songs still have their place and we’ve managed to reinvent a few of those as well.”
Words: Sose Fuamoli
Photo: Daniel Boud