live review: young kato @ SNeaky pete's, edinburgh - june 8
If the group’s crisply polished performance in the Scottish capital was anything to go by though, there will certainly be a near future that holds bigger venues and larger crowds for these talented English indie-rockers.
Nevertheless, the compact Edinburgh venue provided a fittingly boisterous and bohemian aura that complimented the fresh vibe oozing from Young Kato, lead by the distinctive indie vocals of frontman Tommy Wright.
Indeed, while the band’s snappy on time start provided a stark contrast to the majority of their colleagues in the music industry, the professional nature of the artists was worthy of high praise.
Each song played was done so with perfect execution, and the group flowed effortlessly through top renditions of the tunes that were recently brought to a larger public eye by the reality television bachelors of Made in Chelsea.
Revolution and Break Out, two songs from the band’s self named EP released last year, were the stand out points at the start of the 45 minute set. The former providing a chilled out, synthetic guitar backing in the lead up to a euphoric chorus before the anthemic Break Out pleased the crowd with its progressive build-up to a sing-a-long hook.
New single Something Real then buzzed the venue with a gleeful combination of smooth guitar riffs and catchy vocals, and free download Lights only drove home the raw musical talent of the sextuplet, as clever lyrics were matched up with foot-tapping instrumental precision.
Kato then finished on perhaps their best known track Drink, Dance, Play, and the feel-good record was wonderfully received. With an irresistible chorus that had fans rebounding lyrics and a captivating melody lead by smart drums and cool keyboard input, the song provided a fitting end to an entertaining, pitch-perfect concert.
“I’m glad to see so many of you here tonight so far from our home,” admitted lead man Wright near the start of the night. “I thought it might just be our few relatives.”
With a fair few tour dates on their 22 stop summer route having already sold out though, ensuring decent attendances will not be an issue to be worried about by this impressive outlet.
The Made in Chelsea team may not be everybody’s favourite, but they are well known for setting new trends and only endorsing products of the highest standard – something that certainly holds true when it comes to their interest in Young Kato.
This is one band to keep an eye on for the heard-it-hear-first crowd this summer.