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Kate Boy, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Thursday 06 November
Friday 7th November 2014 @ 08:00 by Max Wieland

Three band members all dressed in sync, playing to a small crowd of around 40 people in their first appearance in Manchester. Expectations at the Soup Kitchen were quite rightly mixed last night (6 November).

KATE BOY: The Swedish trio that are taking the internet by storm.

KATE BOY: In outfits not too different from the identical image they portrayed at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen.

Kate Boy, a Swedish trio who arrived for their UK tour on the back of considerable internet fanfare, certainly performed better than the crowd and venue before them.

First song In Your Eyes, the B-side to catchy single Northern Lights which was released as an EP on Halloween, was received well by the crowd, as was the latter, which seemed to be the crowds favourite of the night.

The Stockholm band impressed as a unit and constantly engaged the crowd with an exciting skillset, in a genre that was quite befitting of the underground cauldron they were performing in.

There were various highlights in an overall impressive show, but none more so than the repeated routine that saw Kate Boy all drum electronically in harmony, producing as many bouncing shadows around the white cobbled walls of the Soup Kitchen as their music before them.

Generally Impressive

Self Control was another crowd pleaser that saw a danceable crowd move even more, with the crowd increasing in size towards the end of their one hour set, such was the interest of passers-by on Spear Street, rushing down the steepest of steps to catch a glimpse at the back-end of this electro-pop groups set.

The only disappointing note from a generally impressive show however lied in the bands genre itself.

Such is their sound; singer Kate Akhurst’s reverb exhausted any personal connection with the crowd. It worked perfectly during songs, but in between tracks, especially in such a minor cobbled-together venue, it would have been nice to see the band adapt their set to their surroundings, instead of where they aspire to be.

Despite this, Kate-Boy performed their pop sounds with a distinct twist and European edge to it, something that will undoubtedly see them return to Manchester again in the future and certainly to a much larger crowd.