Something for Kate

Something for Kate
Something for Kate

24 February 2008, Something For Kate at the Corner Hotel, Richmond, Victoria.
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1994–present
Labels Sony BMG
New Found Frequency
Associated acts Scared of Horses, Sandpit
Website Official website
Paul Dempsey
Stephanie Ashworth
Clint Hyndman
Past members
Julian Carroll
Toby Ralph

Something for Kate are a rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Members include songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Paul Dempsey, drummer Clint Hyndman and bassist Stephanie Ashworth. The group was founded in 1994, with Julian Carroll as the original bass player.



Something For Kate (or SFK as they are also known) are one of the most popular and enduring Australian alternative/rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s, garnering nominations for 11 ARIA Music Awards[1] throughout their career. Something For Kate have a very dedicated fanbase, often seen more as a cult following.

In 1999 their second album, Beautiful Sharks was nominated for one ARIA Award while in 2001 their third album, Echolalia was nominated for six ARIA Awards and went on to double platinum sales. In 2003 they were nominated for four ARIA Awards for their fourth album The Official Fiction, which also attained platinum status. Their most recent studio album Desert Lights was released on 1 July 2006, and debuted at #1 on the Australian ARIA charts and by the end of the month was certified gold. In 2007 they released their first 'Best Of' compilation album, titled The Murmur Years: The Best Of Something For Kate 1996-2007.

Paul Dempsey has also produced two side projects, including a newly-released solo album.


Dempsey and Hyndman met at Padua College, Mornington Peninsula. Ashworth joined in 1998 after a distinguished career in the band Sandpit, turning down an offer to play with American band Hole. Ashworth, who has since married Dempsey, is the only current non-founding member.

Previous bassists include:

  • Julian Carroll 1995-1997 - Carroll played with the band on 2 September 2004 at a special one-off 10-year celebration gig at Melbourne's Prince of Wales Hotel.
  • Toby Ralph 1997-1998

Touring members have included:

  • Wally Gunn - Second guitar and keyboards.
  • Phillip 'Pip' Branson - Second guitar and violin.
    Ex-member of Sydney band Sidewinder, and currently (2005) playing with band as "Pip Branson Corporation".
  • Simon Burke - Keyboards.
  • Anthony Petrucci - Second guitar.

The band's name

Early on they used the name "El Presidentè", before changing that to "Fish of the Day". The publican at their first gig suggested they change it. The new words were chosen from a shopping list, Kate being Paul Dempsey's Jack Russell terrier. The band's name is shortened to SFK (as per the band's official website).

Something for Kate and Paul Dempsey have played secret shows under pseudonyms. Some of the names used include:


Something for Kate's third album, Echolalia won the Australian Rolling Stone Readers Poll for Best album, Best band, Best single, Best male vocalist and Best rock album of 2001 while also topping the Triple J listeners poll for Best album of 2001. Their single Monsters from Echolalia came 2nd in the Triple J Hottest 100 songs of 2001.




  • Demo Tape.
  • ....The Answer to Both Your Questions (1996).
  • Intermission (1997).


  • "Dean Martin" (1996)

From Elsewhere for 8 Minutes:

  • "Captain (Million Miles an Hour)" (1997)
  • "Captain (Million Miles an Hour) (Ltd Edition)" (1997)
  • "Prick" (1997)
  • "Working Against Me" (1998)
  • "Roll Credit" (1998)
  • Harpoon/Clint (1998) (Split A-side with Jebediah. Two different versions released, SFK's vinyl, and Jebediah's CD version (Harpoon EP) both with different cover art.

From Beautiful Sharks:

  • "Electricity" (1999)
  • "Hallways" (1999)
  • "Whatever You Want" (1999)
  • "The Astronaut" (2000)

From Echolalia:

  • "Monsters" (2001)
  • "Three Dimensions" (2001)
  • "Twenty Years" (2001)
  • "Say Something" (2002)

From The Official Fiction:

  • "Déjà Vu" (2003)
  • "Song For A Sleepwalker" (2003)
  • "Best Weapon" (2003) (promo only)
  • "Moving Right Along" (2004)

From Desert Lights:

  • "Cigarettes and Suitcases" (2006)
  • "Oh Kamikaze" (2006)
  • "California" (2007)

From The Murmur Years:

  • "The Futurist" (2007) (promo only)


Undone - A Tribute to Duran Duran:

The Power & The Passion - A Tribute to Midnight Oil:

Standing on the Outside - The Songs of Cold Chisel:


All music videos were directed by Bart Boghesi unless otherwise stated.

There have been two official video releases, a VHS only video titled Big Screen Television (also referred to as The World According to Bart) and a DVD titled A Diversion. The DVD features a short film with a soundtrack composed by Paul Dempsey, and 29 live video clips from various concerts.

The film clips from "Subject to Change" to "Whatever you Want", along with a live version of "Truly" (recorded at the UNSW Roundhouse), appear on Big Screen Television.

  • "Subject to Change"
  • "Dean Martin"
  • "Captain" (1997)
  • "Prick" (1997) - Directed by Toby Ralph
  • "Working Against Me" (1998)
  • "Roll Credit" - First appearance of Stephanie Ashworth
  • "Electricity" (1999)
  • "Hallways" (1999)
  • "Whatever You Want" (1999)
  • "The Astronaut" (2000) - Directed by Morgan Christie
  • "Monsters" (2001)
  • "Three Dimensions" (2001)
  • "Twenty Years" (2001)
  • "Say Something" (2002) - Directed by Morgan Christie
  • "You Only Hide" (2002) - Video clip featured on the band's DVD as an extra
  • "Déjà Vu" (2003) - Directed by Grant Marshall
  • "Song For A Sleepwalker" (2003)
  • "Best Weapon" (2003) - This was a "non-commercial single" and the film clip featured the band playing live at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney
  • "Moving Right Along" (2004) - Directed by Rupert Glasson
  • "Cigarettes And Suitcases" (2006) - Directed by Matt Weston of Syndicate Films
  • "Oh Kamikaze" (2006)
  • "California" (2007)
  • "The Futurist" (2007)

Covered songs

Bands that have supported Something for Kate

Bands that they have played support for

Side projects

In 1998, Paul Dempsey released a project under the name Scared of Horses titled An Empty Flight, in which he wrote and recorded all the music, featuring vocals from a number of personalities from different indie bands. This album sold out of its pressings, and a physical copy is now extremely hard to find, but it is available on iTunes. In 2008, Dempsey began work on his first major solo album, completing recording in April 2009, releasing Everything Is True on 14 August 2009 through EMI.

In 2004, Something for Kate joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in its fight against animal cruelty.[2] As part of their involvement, the band produced an adverstisement protesting Kentucky Fried Chicken's (KFC's) alleged cruelty to animals.[3] Further, in 2007, the group signed PETA's petition calling for an end to Canada's seal slaughter.


  1. ^ ARIA Awards: History by Artist (Something For Kate), retrieved on 2009-08-24
  2. ^ "Something For Kate protest against KFC"
  3. ^ "SFK join forces with PETA - KFC cruelty resurfaces"

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