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Melbourne, Australia (1994 – present)

Something for Kate formed in Melbourne, Victoria in 1994. The founding members of the three-piece band were vocalist and guitarist Paul Dempsey, bass player Julian Carroll (later to be replaced by Stephanie Ashworth) and drummer Clint Hyndman.

After recording a 7-track demo in 1995, the band signed to Murmur Records, a subsidiary of Sony. In 1996, they released the 7-track EP The Answer to Both Your Questions, recorded and mixed by Greg Atkinson of Sydney band Big Heavy Stuff.

In November of 1996, the 3-track single “Dean Martin” was released. Early in 1997, the band released a 5-track EP titled Intermission as they recorded their first album, Elsewhere for Eight Minutes, in New Zealand and mixed and mastered it in New York with U.S. producer Brian Paulson. (Brian had previously produced albums for Wilco, Archers of Loaf, Superchunk and Slint, amongst others.) Something for Kate’s first full-length album was released in July of 1997. Bass player Julian Carroll was then replaced by Toby Ralph, who toured with the band for the release of the album.

Four singles were released from Elsewhere for Eight Minutes: “Captain (Million miles an hour)”, “Prick”, “Working Against Me” and “Roll Credit”. Bass player Toby Ralph was replaced by Stephanie Ashworth (of Melbourne outfit Sandpit) in March 1998. The band then wrote their second album, Beautiful Sharks, which was released in April of 1999. Beautiful Sharks was recorded in Melbourne, once again by producer Brian Paulson.


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  • thereisnokevin

    I just discovered LYSTS. What is wrong with me??!? It's amazingg!!

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • rebelhands

    LYSTS gets better with every listen. Begin is just beyond incredible, such a fantastic song.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Cobla

    New album is really great, and I never thought I'd say that about an SFK release. I always liked them okay, but the new stuff = WOW

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • scott_sea

    So good to have them back. New album sounds great.

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • kezelda

    Love the new album! I think it might be their best

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • DM09

    how the fuck are they more successful than sandpit ever were!? what the fuck.

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • sickmilk

    отличная банда..мое летнее открытие.

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • FatherLucifer

    This is probably the most seriously underrated band I know. Such a great shame that they're not as big as other internationally famous Australian groups.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • konsipura

    Feeding the birds and hoping for something in return ♥

    11 Feb 2011 Reply
  • FrostMe

    Fantastic voice!

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
  • anjaaaaah

    Desert Lights ♥

    18 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Nobodylikesyou

    The Official Fiction. <3

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • IdrilCelebrindl

    WOOT 1 000 000 plays finally!! Over 7000 of them are mine =]

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
  • orfeocookie

    It's a crying shame that Desert Lights wasn't a big hit album. Paul has never sung better.

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • earthcrossing

    I can definitely think of worse voices i've heard. LOL. oh well, each to his/her own!

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • kinsky

    Something For Kate > Paul Dempsey.

    9 Apr 2010 Reply
  • quittingtheday

    A lot of people I have exposed to SfK have had a problem with Paul's voice.. no idea why!

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • earthcrossing

    I just read somewhere that Paul Dempsey was getting criticism maybe a decade ago about how he sang. WTF??!?!! he's got a great voice!

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Oli2610

    Beautiful Sharks was the first album i bought by an Aussie artist and still remains one of my favourites.

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • justjacky

    I have re-discovered the magic of SFK.

    26 Dec 2009 Reply
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