Day #8692

KateGoes…to Digestive Press

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Today Digestive Press offers you something completely different from our normal.  To celebrate the end of February and the release of the ‘Happy Dancing EP’ by one of Digestive Press’ favourite bands, KateGoes, we were granted an interview with head Kate, Kate Thompson. For those of you who don’t know, KateGoes are a whirling, manic entity, half rock band and half crazed dressing up box.  They hold the keys to a world full of dinosaurs, kung fu and snot in which each gig is like an episode of Mr Benn (with squeegees).

– Hello Kate, how are you today?
– I’m crap, I messed up going to Pertemps to sign on and look for *ptah yuck* work and they’ve given me one last lifeline. The lifeline is ask the audience. I already used up phone a friend and 50/50. I wonder what they’ll tell me to do?

– What is KateGoes’ favourite biscuit?  Do you all have similar taste or do you fight about biscuits a lot?
– I know a band who had a competition each practice to see who could buy the nicest biscuits. This question has reminded me to see if they want to do this in KateGoes but saying that, Baker Beth Hopkins is a remarkably good cake maker and caters for cafes, parties and band practices! Personally I like all biscuits, the bigger the selection the better, I mostly like jam and cream and pink wafers and peanut toffee ones.

It was not biscuits that made this interview possible but cakes.  I had never taken a present for a band before but KateGoes are the kind of band that make you want to make them cake.  So I did.  We missed the gig due to a temporal mix up but still delivered the cake to Kate and a few emails later she had branded me a ‘crunching munching biscuit madman’ and agreed to answer a few questions.  It should be noted at this point that some years ago I decided that writing about music was not really for me as I found I had an inability to describe music and it was far more fun to write about made up stuff.  So, sorry about that.  Still, some bands demand to be scribbled about with the same kind of barely comprehendible enthusiasm that the band themselves put into their live shows.

– My favourite KateGoes song is ‘kung fu movie.’ Which is yours? why?
– My favourite is Don’t Overanalyse because of the clarinet line. Also it is one of our best arranged songs I think and the lyrics actually make sense even though I find it very hard to not Over Analyse at least I know what I SHOULD be thinking.

– Please provide a short burst of love/enthusiasm for another contemporary artist:
– Betty and the Id and Misty’s Big Adventure.  Both from Birmingham. The most excited and happy I get at the moment is when I can see and hear these bands.
Betty and The Id (
www.myspace.com/bettyandtheid) are awesome live grungy garagy 60’s rock like Love and The Monks.  I strongly recommend the Grumpy Fun and Grumpier Fun tour CD’s by Misty’s Big Adventure (www.myspace.com/mistysbigadventure) and the Minute Melodies by Grandmaster Gareth (www.myspace.com/grandmastergareth).

The mention of Misty’s Big Adventure comes as no surprise as the two bands have often been touring partners and Grandmaster Gareth, Misty’s lead man has produced KateGoes records.  Indeed, the first time I saw KateGoes was at a Misty’s fancy dress gig which explained why the five-piece were all dressed up as Misty’s songs and why Kate, a hyperactive force behind the keyboard, was sporting a cardboard box microwave, complete with door, on her head.  It should also be explained at this point that each time KateGoes play a gig they ‘go’ somewhere.  The next time I saw them they had gone to the seaside and played in old fashioned bathing suits and fishing gear and even ‘went fishing’ midway through one of their songs.  A number of people looked somewhat confused.  Perhaps I should have asked about that.

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– Could you please explain the lyrics, “flibba dom dom flibba doopa doo, flippa doopa du flubba dubba dum dum dum, tinky tonk, tinky tum dunky dum flinky dink flukky doo flikky dee ping ping pong?”
– It is my Hi Yah! If I was in a Kung Fu Movie they are the noises I would make as I swung, limp bodied through the jungle and rustled along the ground disguised as a lump of grass on some string.

– What would be the single most useful thing about having detachable arms?
– It would reduce a large amount of tension on the shoulders.

I think the best thing about detachable arms would be being able to take them off when you go to sleep so that they wouldn’t get in the way.  But then, I just like the whole idea of detachable body parts (when I’m in a good mood and wandering around the house or to the shops I find myself singing, “it would be insanely cool if I had detachable arms, detachable arms.”  I’m singing the words wrong but they just stuck that way).  But KateGoes aren’t all detachable arms and man-killing left eyes.  ‘Heartbeat’ is their icky, sicky, snotty love song that makes you want to grin manically through the vomit which could be caused equally by the lovey-doviness of it or lines like, “breathe me in, your snot will come out when I sneeze.”  Either way it is a beautiful moment.

– If you were to dj for a room full of one type of animal which animal would you most like it to be?
– I’ve thought about this one.  I’d DJ punk to porcupines so I could see what it would have felt like in the clubs and pubs back in the day.  Porcupines look a lot like punks. Porcupunks.

– When I’ve seen you play you’ve ‘been’ to the seaside and to a milliners. if time, money and reality were no object where would you most like KateGoes to ‘go’ to do a gig?
– KateGoes….Underwater. I dream about this gig. I love thinking about it. I’m thinking about it now in fact.

That would indeed be fantastic.  Thanks Kate.

– Kate Goes new EP ‘Happy Dancing’ is out now and available from Fopp or from their own website, http://www.myspace.com/kategoes
-Misty’s Big Adventure play Manchester Academy 3 on Saturday with Betty and The Id and Abie Budgen.

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