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Something For Kate Share New Single, ‘Waste Our Breath’

The second single from Something For Kate this year, the clip sees the trio performing from an empty Palais Theatre in Melbourne.

Daniel Boud*

With their first album since 2012 on the way, Melbourne rock icons Something For Kate have shared the latest cut from album number seven, offering up the majestic “Waste Our Breath” this morning.

Recorded in Byron Bay alongside Nick DiDia (Powderfinger, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen), and mixed in Toronto by Canadian pop-electro auteur Howie Beck (Feist, Hayden, Chilly Gonzalez), “Waste Our Breath” sees Something For Kate at their very best – armed with the gorgeous instrumentals, sharp songwriting, and powerful vocals fans have come to know and love.

“‘Waste Our Breath’ is a song about trying to find an empty space,” explains frontman Paul Dempsey of the song. “It’s about privacy and surveillance and social media and oxygen and George Orwell and how we’re all on TV now.”

Accompanying the track is a rather unique music video which seems to capture the COVID-19 era in which it was filmed. Directed by Alex Badham (Oh Mercy, Magic Hands, Paul Dempsey, Ryan Downey), the clip sees Something For Kate performing in a hauntingly-empty Palais Theatre in Melbourne.

“The eerie silence of the theatre perfectly reflected the song’s themes of futility – about throwing all your energy at something knowing that it will get you nowhere,” the group explained of the video. “So what better way to sum that up by performing to 3000 empty seats?”

While “Waste Our Breath” follows on from the release of “Situation Room” back in April, there’s currently no word as to when their long-awaited seventh album will be released.

Speaking to Rolling Stone back in April, bassist Stephanie Ashworth noted that the band’s plans for 2020 had been put on hold somewhat due to everything that was going on in the world.

“We obviously had plans to tour now and the record coming out, but I think we’re just like everyone else in terms of seeing how everything else is going to unfold,” Ashworth explained.

Something For Kate’s “Waste Our Breath” is out now.