From Madison, Wisconsin, the genre-bending synth-rock project and trio Kat and the Hurricane releases their pent-up woes through an exhilarating single, "Sorry That I'm Like This."
Consisting of lead singer/guitarist Kat Farnsworth, keyboardist Benjamin Rose, and drummer Alex Nelson, the trio delivers a haunting blend of pop and alternative-rock, dubbed as 'sad lesbian music.'
While being named New Artist of the Year 2020 by the Madison Area Music Association and winning Best Alt/Indie Band in Madison Magazine's Best of 2020, Kat and the Hurricane are proving to be a force in the industry.
Now releasing their vibrant synth-pop/alt-rock single, "Sorry That I'm Like This," Kat and the Hurricane take us through a scorching hot atmosphere while delivering incredibly profound and reflective lyricism to spark a connection with any listener. While singing of inner woes and demons, Kat and the Hurricane transmute their worries into song and lift us into power.
The intro for "Sorry That I'm Like This" opens with Benjamin Rose's glimmering synths, Alex Nelson's punchy drum patterns, and Kat Farnsworth's powerful vocals. Taking us back to prime time 00s through this single's nostalgic tones and energetic sonics, we adore the arrangement's depth and natural warmth.
While Kat Farnsworth continues to apologize for their ways, the supporting instrumentals perfectly complement their soulful and energetic stylings. As we hear from Benjamin Rose, they also sing another self-deprecating message that strikes the immediate relation between Kat and the Hurricane and their audience.
Experience the upbeat and genuine stylings of Kat and the Hurricane through their latest powerhouse single, "Sorry That I'm Like This," and prepare yourself for the band's upcoming EP slated for a 2021 release.
We truly admire the raw emotion and passion your trio has delivered within "Sorry That I'm Like This." What inspired your saddening concept? Was this song's inspiration a collective or individual reaction?
Ben: Writing “Sorry That I’m Like This” was the first time that Kat and I co-wrote lyrics. We were both dating people casually during the same season of our lives, and we were both experiencing some of the same awkward and complicated feelings that come with dating. Kat brought the song to me with a chord progression, the hook, and a verse. When I realized what it was about and realized how deeply I was able to relate to it, I wrote the second verse and we decided to turn the song into a self-deprecating anthem of staying true to yourself, no matter how awkward or difficult that can be at times.
How did your group go about the sonic creative process for "Sorry That I'm Like This"? How did you find the sound you were looking for?
Ben: Our process for writing music and finding the right sound for our songs has been pretty much the same since Kat and I first started playing together. Kat writes the majority of the lyrics and chord progressions for our songs and will bring it to Alex and me to add layers. I will add some harmonies and melodic hooks to shape the sound, Alex arranges the percussion to create dynamics, and then we all collaborate on adding extra layers as appropriate. Like most of our songs, Sorry started as a chord progression and lyrics with raw emotion and story to tell. The rest of the music is simply layers we add to help convey the emotion of the lyrics. The phrase “sorry that I’m like this” is self-deprecating in one sense, but it is also playful and tongue-in-cheek. Combining upbeat pop-punk rhythms with bright synth melodies and echoing vocals simply felt like the most natural way to convey the song’s meaning.
Did you work with a team to help execute your music video for "Sorry That I'm Like This"? What was this shooting process like?
Alex: Yes, we were so fortunate to have a very small masked team working with us! Our dear friend Jordyn Alft directed and shot the entire video, while another friend Britni Petitt (who has done our photography for a few years) helped with special effects, and took tons of awesome candid and promo shots. It was also her idea to use smoke bombs - we have huge billows of blue, black, and purple smoke throughout the Sorry video that really ties the chaos altogether. Jordyn’s partner was also present for support. This whole music video was actually developed, planned, prepped, and executed in under 24 hours. We had originally planned a completely different concept for this music video and only decided the night before we’d planned to shoot it to commit to the gender reveal party, so the next day, we ran to the Dollar Tree to grab as many party supplies as we could and spent the whole morning and afternoon making a mess of our backyard and undoubtedly scaring our neighbors with the amount of smoke. It was such a blast, we were all having so much fun, and it all came together perfectly. What should we expect to hear from your upcoming EP? Do you have a release date planned?
Kat: This next EP mostly consists of songs that we’ve been playout for people for a few years, so our fans might recognize a few of them. Two of the songs are actually relatively new, including one that we’ve only played at a quarantine Livestream or two. While our last EP, Libra, was the first to showcase us as a full trio, this next one is really going to showcase our evolution as every album has sounded slightly different than the previous one. At this time, we’re keeping the release date under wraps, but we are so thrilled to share it with everyone very soon. What's next for you?
Alex: We just released two songs, Sorry That I’m Like This and Out of My Mind, and will be following these up with a brand new EP release, sometime later this spring or during summer. We hope to play as many live streams as possible until it’s safe to start gigging out and about again. Once it’s safe, we plan to get back on tour and play as many shows as we can (COVID actually interrupted our very first 10-day midwest tour, so we’re itching to get back out there). Until then, we’re just using this time to write more music, network with other musicians and venues, and stay connected with our friends and fans however we can.