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Kato

Alternative Rock
England

Formerly known as K.

“Kato were formed in the spring of 1996 by songwriter and frontman Keith Ayling. From humble beginnings in a small derelict studio called Red Box the band have come a long way. After just six rehearsals they rushed to Manchester's Cutting Rooms to give birth to The Thirty Nine Steps - the debut ep. A favourable press honoured them with many UK gigs including Greenbelt Mainstage. A year later and the second ep Seasider hit european shores and was greeted with massive press and public praise. The Kato sound was born. Drawing from Keith's love of his seaside home and even the view from his window, their 97 ep Seasider is a rollercoaster of an album mixing dark, grungy pop with delicate passionate melodies. From the opener 'Superhero', which reached the Unisong 99 world songwriting finals, to the intimate 'Walking on Water' closing track there is no break from the unique brand of soul-quenching pop/rock. But just listening to the music is only half the story. Kato have a desire to perform which has taken them to many different countries and many different crowds. This desire is evident - there is energy and passion that transcends a purely commercial existence. Kato are not taking over the world - at least not for commercial reasons, but they are trying to change it.” (from http://www.discogs.com/artist/309889-Kato-3)

Discography

1996 The Thirty Nine Steps
1997 Seasider EP
1999 Home Movie: The Acoustic Sessions
2000 Seasider True Tunes
2001 Welcome to My World
2002 Songs to Help You Survive Elevation Music

The Thirty Nine Steps

1996 Independent

Keith Ayling
Mick Buckley
Simon Allen
Rick Robinson

All songs by Keith Ayling

  1. Die For You (4:15)
  2. The Secret (3:32)
  3. Houston (3:43)
  4. I Know Nothing (3:30)
  5. Beach Song (3:37)
  6. So Alive (4:06)
  7. Retro (4:17)

Seasider EP

1997 Independent

  1. Superhero
  2. Grow
  3. The Waves Are High
  4. Into Your Hands
  5. Special
  6. Baby
  7. Walking On Water

Home Movie: The Acoustic Sessions

1999 Independent


Seasider

2000 True Tunes

  1. Superhero (3:23)
  2. Grow (3:46)
  3. The Waves Are High (3:41)
  4. Everybody Loves You (2:55)
  5. Into Your Hands (3:01)
  6. Special (3:36)
  7. Which Colour (3:14)
  8. My Imaginary Friend (4:02)
  9. Baby (3:06)
  10. Everything (4:59)
  11. Walking on Water (6:49)

Welcome to My World

2001 Independent

  1. Welcome (3:36)
  2. Know What You Believe (3:19)
  3. Die For You (3:59)
  4. Strong (4:43
  5. Natural High (3:43)
  6. Javaman (3:16)
  7. Heaven Help (4:36)
  8. Trust Me (3:05)
  9. Can't Sleep (2:57)
  10. Freestate (2:59)
  11. #25 (3:56)

Songs to Help You Survive

2001 Elevation Music

  1. Don't Let Me Fall (4:42)
  2. Butterfly (2:56)
  3. Fearless (4:50)
  4. I Come Alive (4:17)
  5. We Will Be Kings (4:53)
  6. Won't Back Down (3:12)
  7. Night Like This (3:48)
  8. Skydiver (4:22)
  9. Your Satellite (4:09)
  10. God Bless Falling Angels (4:18)