Track Of The Day – Kate Jackson – The End Of Reason


If you were a fan of the Long Blondes, you’ll have no doubt been as delighted as we were at the news of the return of their stylish, iconic lead singer Kate Jackson. If you’re also a fan of Bernard Butler then no doubt you’re head exploded with joy at the news that Bernard and Kate have been working together on her debut solo album ‘British Road Movies.’

There’ll be more on the album, plus an interview with an extremely good-humoured and engaging Kate nearer the release date. In the meantime,  hot on the heels of the excellent ‘Metropolis’ comes another choice cut from the album in the shape of ‘The End Of Reason’. It’s an evocative undulating cinematic slice of driving synth pop, illuminated by Butler’s guitar flourishes although ultimately it’s a song tinged with sadness. It also features another example of Kate’s wonderful artwork inspired by brutalist architecture, a building style that many find oppressive and harsh, yet Kate manages to breathe a sense of faded nobility and a sense of the freedom and escapism these structures once represented. The track itself was inspired by the emptiness of recreational consumerism , reality TV, and social media as Kate explains

I lived in Sheffield for nearly 10 years and there’s a place on the outskirts of the city called Valley Centertainment which is just themed restaurants, a multiplex cinema, and a bowling alley. It has its own tram stop but it’s a false reality. 

“I used to love it there because it was supposed to be escapist and utopian but in actual fact felt like being in The Truman Show. False walls, 24 hour CCTV, microwaved world cuisine, enough parking spaces for thousands of people, empty. When I wrote the song I was thinking about the extremes of Reality TV and how social media blurs the lines between what should be private and public. What starts off as simple entertainment becomes warped and harmful until eventually our lives are worthless unless played out in a public arena.”


Kate Jackson Artwork

‘British Road Movies’ will be released on May 20th, 2016 on the Al Pachino inspired Hoo Ha Records.

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Live dates

Friday 22nd April – Abbeygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds (tickets)
Tuesday 17th May – The Portland Arms, Cambridge (tickets)
Thursday 19th May – The Great Escape, Brighton (tickets)
Friday 20th May – Rough Trade East, London – 7pm (info)

Friday 3rd June – Courtyard Theatre, London (tickets)
Saturday 4th June – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
Sunday 5th June – Picture House Social, Sheffield (tickets)


Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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