There wasn't much to do in High Wycombe on Friday nights
so Fans of Kate would jump in a van, find a designated driver
and drive to London, stopping in at an off-license on the
way. Having consumed a satisfactory level of alcohol they
would hunt down a club, buy one drink and dance into the morning.
Afterwards, if they could still stand they'd make every attempt
to politely invite you to one of their gigs in London. Whilst
the band met at the same university, most of their roots were
"We played our first gig in London," states Steve.
"We really worked our bollocks off practising and it
was rubbish. We were so nervous we got absolutely wankered
before we went on. It was embarrassing as hell. Still some
people saw some good in that gig. We impressed Impressive
Press." He smiles before continuing, "They came
to some other gigs and we joined with them. After the first
gig we really learnt a lot."
The band's willingness to learn in order to achieve success
is prominent throughout this interview, though how did their
first band practice compare with their first gig?
Jamie chooses to answer this question, "Vaguely the word
'shocking' comes to mind. Steve was playing drums, I was playing
guitar and my friend John was playing this big expensive keyboard
that I bought and didn't know how to play. I saw this keyboard
on sale from £1,600 to £500 and phoned my mum
and borrowed the money to buy it. It took us a few rehearsals
to get anywhere near shabby. The one thing that really saved
us that was we hired our own rehearsal unit in a small industrial
estate. We put in our own PA and spent like a year and a half
there, every Monday to Friday for three hours solid. As a
band you learn far more from when you fuck up or do things
properly. When things are going smoothly you think 'brilliant'
but you don't learn a thing. As soon as you screw up then
all of a sudden all these lessons start. Things become really
apparent and you ask, 'why didn't I think of that before?'"