KAATO is a hard rock band comprising vocalist Kurt Lowney, guitarist Hunter Lovan, bassist Mika Nuutinen, and drummer Christopher Williams. Formed in 2011, the Australian-bred quartet would spend half a decade before breaking through, co-headlining with Mitch Malloy after the release of their 2016 eponymous sophomore album. As of last year, Lowney and Nuutinen found a permanent home in Nashville, Tennessee, where the band’s style thrives. Their latest album, Slam!, would follow in late March of this year.
Off their recent release comes “Somebody, Someday,” which currently serves as the album’s representative single. There’s a real glam-tinged, throwback vibe about the song, and the combined shimmer emitted from the piano and guitars works to its benefit. Lowney’s tonality exhibits decent range, while also blending into the instrumental involvement even with its commanding presence. Considered in its entirety, the song is the best encapsulation on the album of mid-to-late 80s Los Angeles-sounding rock, with distinct Aussie swagger piecing it all together. I appreciate how authentically the band channels the era – from the outright characteristics of the vocals, harmonies, guitar crunch and percussion, to the subtly precise touch of reverb, and, of course, added cowbell for good measure.