Kate Ellis seems set to blow away all preconceptions of how she might sound with a barn storming new single "Scars". This is an all out rocker that barely pauses to catch breath throughout its 3 minute duration.
The clicking drum sticks that count the intro, go on to providing a thumping backbeat only matched by the rawkus guitar playing of CJ Hillman that is decidely up front and in your face. Despite the song being from a female perspective, it was actually penned by Andy Hobsbawm unleashing his feminine side.
Billed at a recent live show as a "dysfunctional love song hopefully not autobiographical" it follows the trials and tribulations of a couple who have a distinctly turbulent relationship
Kate sets the scene immediately, fronting this rocking riot with the same consumate ease that she possesses when singing her more delicate tunes
"I hate the way your fingers brush the hair from my face
When you're feeling nervous, things seem out of place
I hate the way you kiss me - since you ask
With your alligator skin and your crocodile heart"
The chorus comes with some delicious high backing vocals that are suitable over the top and therefore perfectly match the mood of mayhem.
"I got blood on my hands from emotional demands - I got Scars"
Kate also manages to pull off one of the most trickiest things known in recorded music - a spoken section that is not only not awkward it actually succeeds in spelling out the ridiculous volatility of this relationship
"Heaven knows no rage like love to hatred turned
But after four bourbons 3 scotch's, 2 shots and a chaser
I was ready to forgive him again" and so the cycle resumes.
It is all perfectly summed in the closing couplet after which the band sound as it they are ready to collapse in a collective heap
"I know you're keeping score but I come back for more
I guess this must be love cos we can't get enough - I got Scars"
This is the fourth single released from the forthcoming album "Spirals", which seems set to build upon the excellence of it's predecessor "Carve Me Out" with real progression delivering a wider musical and subject scope, set to be one of the albums of early 2022.