Last night we went out to see Kate Miller-Heidke at Wellers at Kangaroo Ground in the far eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Kate has been performing a series of “regional” shows at intimate venues throughout Australia putting a few new songs into the ears of fans to see how we might react to the new material before she heads into the studio next month to record her new album.
After being on the road for over two years, a lot of that time opening for Ben Folds, Kate has returned with some great new sounds. A completely different Kate can be found in her side project “Fatty Gets a Stylist“, both the name of the album and the band.
It’s funny to refer to it as a band when in reality Kate’s intimate shows are always performed by Kate and her husband Keir Nuttall and together they are Fatty Gets a Stylist. Fatty’s sound is at times very different to Kate’s. At times so similar I find it hard to believe her story that on first play some of the folks they were touring with were unable to tell it was actually Kate singing.
One of the songs from “Fatty Gets a Stylist” and I think my favourite track off the album was played at last night’s performance. “The Tiger Inside Will Eat the Child” is a wonderful song at last night it sounded a little different than on the album, though I tend to believe that if recorded for the album it won’t change much from the Fatty Gets a Stylist version, perhaps in a slightly different key.
One of the other songs was more fun, “Southern Cross Tattoo” was a narrative of the ocker Aussie’s lifestyle, attending music festivals and proudly living the “Australian Way”.
There was also a couple beautiful new songs, the one that sticks in my mind was about Keir’s grand father, borne from Kate and Keir living in the house of his grandparents who passed away last year and seeing their things around them. Then there was a song about “Sarah” which revolved around two friends going to a music festival, getting a little drunk on the alcohol they smuggled in and the titular Sarah disappearing without a trace. It’s a lament along the lines of “Caught in the Crowd” once again seeing Kate apologising for not being their for her friend who went missing for four days without any memory of where she had been or what happened to her. There was no mention of whether this song’s inspiration was autobiographical or spawned from some other world-event.
The old favourites were played; “Caught in the Crowd“, “Can’t Shake It“, “Politics in Space“, “The Last Day on Earth“, “Space The Cannot Touch” and “Are You F*cking Kidding Me“, aka The Facebook Song.
Known for her occasional take on another artists work, last night Kate drew on her time in the US and favoured Detroit-born Eminem, covering “The Real Slim Shady”, it was wonderfully hilarious. While I’m not certain everyone in the crowd knew Eminem’s song they all enjoyed Kate’s performance.
All up it was a great night. I’m looking forward to some new material from Kate in the not too distant future. Until then she has a great back-catalogue and Fatty Gets a Stylist to keep my hears happy.