Young Kato

Live vids of their Dot to Dot show

Wednesday 28th May 2014


Young Kato performed at Dot to Dot Festival 2014 across Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol. Watch the videos below.

Young Kato are Tommy, Jack Edwards (guitar), Joe Lever (bass), Harry Steele (keyboards), Sam Henderson (drums), Joe Green (guitar). They met as a group of mates from nearby schools, Jack and Sam bringing the circle together by being stepbrothers. The West Country band also gave the following exclusive interview, kindly provided by Tommy:

For anyone who hasn't heard of Young Kato yet - how would you describe your band?

Kato is youthful, vibrant and colourful.

What are the origins of the band name?

We gave ourselves a week to decide on a name and the word 'Kato' kept appearing in various formats, from comic books to Shakespearean plays. I feel the best thing about Young Kato is that it's so abstract and unique that it can't mean anything more than what we are.

You've been compared to New Romantic era Duran Duran once or twice. Do you identify with the New Romantics or with any other British Subcultures?

Of course, you only need to look at our overall style as a band aesthetically and sonically to know that there's some New Romantics stuff in there. However I feel that we dip into such a variety of influences that we can't identify with subcultures too strongly.

You've been included in a group of bands that some people are coining with the phrase "Brit-Rock". Is that an accurate description - and which other bands on the scene do you rate highly?

I guess in a sense we are, we're not the typical sounding 'Brit Rock' band but we are British and we play Rock songs. I've noticed a few great bands breaking through into the spot light recently like 'Catfish & The Bottlemen', 'Circa Waves'.

You dress very smartly as a band, when compared to some of your peers. Who are your biggest style icons?

I can't speak for the rest of the band with this, as we don't all share the same style. However we all try our best to look slightly presentable on stage.

What music did you all listen to when you were growing up, and what are you listening to at the moment?

I spent most of my years listening to whatever was current and in the charts really. It was only when I was in my teens that I discovered true guitar music. As a band we have such a variety of interests and influences, that we are all listening to different things. One thing we can all appreciate though is great songwriting.

You recently covered Boy Meets Girl's classic 'Waiting For A Star To Fall' for the Soundtrack of Made In Chelsea. If you could have any artist, dead or alive, cover one of your songs, who would it be?

I'd love for any band to take any one of our songs and completely turn it on its head. Think London Grammar could do a stellar job, amazing voice.

What did you take away from your involvement with Made In Chelsea?

We only took positives from the Made in Chelsea experience. It was an incredible thing to have our band showcased in front of 600,000 living rooms. We've learnt a lot over the past few years and are starting to take every opportunity that comes our way.

Finally - You've gigged with Bastille, Peace, Swim Deep and The 1975, all of who played Dot to Dot shortly before they became huge bands. What are you looking forward to most about playing Dot to Dot?

Dot to Dot has always been a festival I've wanted to play, purely because the line up is always quality. There's also the fact that you play in 3 different venues in 3 days. Really looking forward to playing the shows and sweating out.

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