CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

June 2008

KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses The Deeper The Sand

Kate's website . myspace
email: manager@katebradley.com.au

It's finally come to put the 'Demo Of The Week' heading to pasture and replace it with 'Almost Famous - cd of the week!'. A few of the cds we get sent that we want to tell the world hey, this is great! are self-released cds, complete with a barcode. Just no label (that's why they are sending it to us).

Initialy, I didn’t really take much notice of this debut album from Brisbane singer Kate Bradley. Judging by the front picture, I suppose I was ready to pass it off as ready-made-rock - it made me think of a tough rock chick ready to take on the drunken masses at a beer barn. So I admit it: I didn’t really concentrate first time around. It then got lost amongst the pile of demos sent to Half A Cow. Tidying up the office a few weeks later, I saw it and remembered I wanted to give it another listen. There was something about Kate Bradley.

I've listened to this cd over a dozen times now. I've fallen in love with it. The bio compares her with Cat Power and PJ Harvey, who I haven't really heard enough of, but I've been listening to a lot of female singers lately (Neko Case, She & Him, Jenny Wilson and Rilo Kiley) and Kate, although rockier, is as good as those imports.

There are eleven songs (plus an ‘intro’) on The Deeper The Sand and they go from moody, bluesy introspective numbers to epic rock songs to a couple of neat pop tunes. Kate wrote and arranged all the songs, co-produced the album, plays guitar and synth and probably does the bulk of the backing vocals. And did the artwork! Apart from her voice and songwriting, it’s the arrangements that really proved to me that Kate is someone to watch out for. Although a few of the tracks have a similar guitar-and-vocal-building-up-into-full-band arrangement, overall there are plenty of different melodies and unique sounds, giving the album the variety to keep the listener entertained and enthralled throughout.

Kate is backed by two different lineups of guys playing bass, drums, guitar and organ with Ryan Booker constant on pretty much all the tracks. There is a definite ‘band’ sound throughout with special mention going to the synth, which appears on about half the songs but notably on ‘Ticket To An Oracle’. Towards the end of the album there’s bit of rifferama going on with ‘Any Day Now’ and ‘No Start/Red Light’ sounding like they came from the same womb. The album ends on a melancholic note that features a great guitar solo.

But my favourite tune is ‘Hope On This Boat’ which starts out with a lovely intro, with what I thought was an accordion but looking at the credits tells me it’s either a trumpet or synth…or both! Kate’s vocals on this track sound gorgeous with their double-tracking and there’s a wonderful guitar lick thrown in to top it off. ‘Pretty’ is a standout too, with exceptional singing and ‘Kate Bush’ oo-oohs. Not sure what most of the lyrics are about on The Deeper The Sand but they suit the music.

But wait, there’s more! What has really impressed me about Kate Bradley is her story. After playing in local Brisbane bands for a number of years and releasing a well-received EP in 2005, she has devoted herself to her music and is driven to make it more than just a passion. She self-funded this album and recently made a great impression at the SWSX music showcase in the US. No sitting around waiting for some suit to come knocking on her door! So things are starting to heat up for this talented musician and it looks like we are going to hear more from Kate Bradley in the future. – ND

update: All looking good for Kate and the band - they played the 2009 Big Day Out shows in the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Well done!

other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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