FINDING KATE – THESE YEARS
Released 30th June 2012 (DTSE Music)
Words: Gaz Martinez
One thing about bands is that when writing music, you more often than not have to contend with several other perspectives of how something should sound, which can often result in arguments and drop kicking your drummer out the practice room. Luckily for us, Finding Kate has no such worries, being a one man side project courtesy of Kyle Broad, we get to know that everything here is his direct influence and direction, and for one person, it actually comes off really well. You would expect various aspects of a song to suffer, as a result of more emphasis being placed on the guitars, drums, vocals etc, but Broad demonstrates a clear understanding of not only how each instrument should complement each other, but also how to play them to a more than acceptable standard and how to mix them decently. Clocking in at just over three minutes, we have a very punky vibe on our hands, which stays solid and consistent, even if it doesn’t break boundaries; it is a big chunk of old school punk bands like Sham 69, simple riffs played effectively over again with slight variations here and there. Then there’s the vocals which do sound like Broad has assembled a few locals down the pub to contribute. It works, it works really well.
As mentioned earlier, while there won’t be anything here to break the boundaries of musical genius, there’s plenty here to reinforce Broad’s idea and that it is something he should pursue much more vigorously, because what he has sounds bloody good!