FESTIVAL REVIEW: Summer Sundae, Leicester

Summer Sundae is a The Kaje favourite. A city festival which is so far removed from the city. Just a stone’s throw from Leicester city centre, Victoria Park is transported for one weekend a year to a world of artistic wonder. With performers including Adam
Ant, Katy B, Ocean Colour Scene and Patrick Wolf on the line-up, 2012 was full of early promise.

However, the Katy B headlined Friday night failed to live up to expectations. With a distinctly small audience wandering between four performance spaces, it was difficult for any real buzz to be created. While Bastille packed out a sweaty Watering Hole, Patrick Wolf mourned diminished audiences in Crocodile’s Lagoon for his tender acoustic set. For her part, Katy B pulled in the punters and had all ages bouncing to her euphoric pop-dub.

Thankfully the sun shone on Saturday and the audience arrived in droves. With a spring in everyone’s step, Victoria Park was abuzz. Hotly tipped girl rockers Savages brought a touch of Juliette Lewis inspires glamour to the day, while the lush Lucy Rose won hearts with her wistful woes. Birmingham’s Goodnight Lenin’s Stornoway-esque folk captured hearts, while Adam Ant made everyone ‘Stand Up and Deliver’ with a riotous set. Ocean Colour Scene were worthy headliners, though the stand out performances of the day came from the enchanting Agnes Obel and addictive Lianne La Havas.

Sunday saw rain but few were deterred. Appearing far too early in the line-up were Leicester’s finest Midnight Wire, who out in a set so fresh and energetic that memories of early Arctic Monkeys were provoked. Equally exciting are Norway’s Team Me who whip the main stage into a frenzy. Beth Rowley and Juan Zelada both inject a little blues into the day, but it is Sheffield’s Hey Sholay that steal the crown with an unforgettable romp.

As ever Summer Sundae does not disappoint. An eclectic line up celebrates an array of artists and caters to all tastes. While there were a handful of lowlights, notably the over-hyped Friends and frantic Japandroids, here at The Kaje we say roll on 2013-though next time have La Havas headline!

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Mark Chalmers
Photographer: Jeremy Williams

EP REVIEW: Young Kato “Young Kato”

It has been said that guitar pop is dead. It has also been said that the anthem is a thing of the past. However, Young Kato’s eponymous debut EP disproves both of the aforementioned status. Having been dubbed the indie One Direction, there is no denying that the young troupe are easy on the eye, but these boys can sure as heck compose riotously warm romps. Opening with lead single, the instant youth anthem “Drink, Dance, Play”, it is clear that these boys are social observers who know how to appeal to both the trendies and the pop kids.

While “Drink, Dance, Play” is easily the most instant and radio friendly of Young Kato’s debut offering, there is much more to the sextet than the single would imply. “Break Out” sees the boys head into an indie-folk terrain, with a stirring vocal that is reminiscent of Stornoway’s Brian Briggs. “Break Out” is musical bliss, from it’s whirling opening through to it’s sing-along climax. “Life’s Good” bridges the gap between the opening two numbers, and though not as instantly memorable, it grows with every listen and brews into the album standout.

Closing with The Editors meets The Killers, Young Kato deliver the brooding “Revolution”, a number which signifies everything that Young Kato symbolise. Young Kato are not following the trend, they make music that they love and they sound bloody good doing so. They may not fit in with the current mould, but then why should they? Good music was never about following the trend and it never will be. Young Kato are set to be massive. Just you wait and see.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

ALBUM REVIEW: Tom Williams & The Boat “Teenage Blood”

I’ll admit, I did not get Tom Williams & The Boat at first. I listened to the first few promos I got sent through wanting to find the key to their sound, but seemed to fail at every attempt. Then I heard “Teenage Blood” and suddenly something clicked. The wait was worth it as since that moment I have been hooked on the six piece anti-folk troup from Tunbridge Wells.

Opener and title track “Teenage Blood” is slightly misleading as to the overall sonic of the album. A bright, breezy radio friendly number, its chanty chorus will have you singing along. The track “Teenage Blood” is for Tom Williams & The Boat what “Zorbing” was to Stornoway – a chart version of the album’s content.

As the album continues, Williams’ gruff vocals takes centre stage, at times warm and welcoming, others cold yet contented. While pretty ditty “My Bones” showcases Williams at his most homely, it is the raw “Little Bit In Me” that offers the album’s real gritty bite.

If only “Teenage Blood” found a better balance between the light (“Neckbrace (Big Wave)” and “Too Young”) and dark (“Emily”), it would knock a listener of their feet immediately. As it is, it takes a few listens to get past the more immediate moments to find the genuine gold.

Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

New Issue Out Today!

September Issue!!

The summer has come and gone, and The Kaje is still here! Issue 5 is our best to date with an array of well-known, and some not so well-known artists gracing our magazine. Come take a look…

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The September issue contains:

Stornoway “A living, breathing Mark Twain novel.”
Levi Miller “I thought it was great to be famous enough to have your picture on a pencil case.”
Eliza Doolittle “I have something to work towards rather than something to live up to.”

Tye Matthew Harris “I believe a point comes when you have to change things in your life.”
Dog Is Dead “We’d like people to think of us as a choir and an orchestra making pop music.”
Chris Anthony “It is much better to be inspired than to think up new ideas if that makes sense.”
Example “I just want people to take my music for what it is.”
The Milk “We just play really well with each other.”
Motion City Soundtrack “We are like family. We have learned to live around each other.”

Freemasons “It is only a matter of time before albums are released as apps…”
Tara Mathew “I just feel transformed to a different world when I perform.”
K. Anderson “As a teenager all I listened to was music by lesbian.”

Win! Win!

Forgotten Gems:

Album: Shelby Lynne “I am Shelby Lynne”
Book: Jim Thompson The Killer Inside Me”
Film: Rebecca

Designer of the Month: Robot Alien Clothing

Reviews:
Albums: Locnville “Sun In My Pocket”, Capac “Pastels EP”, Fyfe Dangerfield “Fly Yellow Moon”, She Makes War “Disarm”, Aaron Wright and The Aprils “Behold A Pale Horse”
Singles of The Month: The Like “Wishing He Was Dead”. Dog is Dead “Young”
Live Music: V Festival, Kendal Calling , Summer Sundae, One Night Only, Wildbird & Peacedrums
Theatre: Corrie!, Sound Of Music, Joseph
Film: Robin Hood, Kick-Ass
Books: Matthew Yorke “Pictures of Lily”, JockyBoy26 “The Big Book of Gaydar (Uncut!)”

The Kaje talks Summer Sundae Weekender to Stornoway

Given that the Oxford based quartet (and occasional sextet) Stornoway as a “living, breathing Mark Twain novel”, it is little surprise to hear that they are all excited to be spending their summer out and about at various festivals.  Amongst their summer highlights is Summer Sundae Weekender, about which an excited Stornoway told us more…

Summer Sundae Weekender kicks off in August. What’s your favourite thing about summer festivals?

Playing hackisack with friends in the sunshine, preferably with The Destroyers or Hot Club Of Cowtown playing on the stage next door. We’re getting our own Storno-hackisacks made in time for this summer and will be demonstrating the technique on Main Stage Saturday, please come along! We are most pleased to be coming to SS to perform with our friends Gaggle and Low Anthem… of Montreal also played a year or two ago!

What can we expect from your show?

We will be playing mostly from our album Beachcomber’s Windowsill, plus a cover of Black Box – Ride On Time, as well as a new song or two. Instead of the usual free Jazz soundscapes he creates to accompany Brian’s fact-telling, Rob is going to prepare and eat a different flavour of sundae between each song.

Summer Sundae is renowned for showcasing emerging talent. Which new band are you most looking forward to catching?

Goldheart Assembly and Leisure Society! We’ve played with both several times and looking forward to hearing them again.

The festival has also been graced by legends like Patti Smith, Billy Bragg and Chrissie Hynde. What’s your fondest festival memory?

Cramming our whole band with added trumpet and violin into an ice cream truck, to perform unplugged for Laura Barton at Glastonbury last year. We then had to run through the one torrential downpour of the weekend carrying the double bass over us as shelter – it still has the grass of Pilton stuck to it.

The festival turns ten this year – how did you celebrate your tenth birthday?

A karting party with friends from school; it resulted in a skinned broken finger on Rob, a candy-fused tooth ripped out of my mouth, and a sprained arm when I arrived home to be knocked down by an over-enthusiastic terrier called Scuppers.

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