As their music has developed into something consistently chaotic with maximum brutality, so Kate’s lyrics retain a savage edge despite moving far beyond gore, dealing with their own experiences of depression and anxiety along with anger at the discrimination and violence directed at the trans community to which they belong. “I’m not a very outspoken person in my personal life,” Kate reveals. “It’s quite funny that I seem to be able to manifest this different persona for performing that’s a really strong outlet for talking about these issues.”
This catharsis is crucial to the band’s appeal, with Kate adamant that, “I want people to be energised, and wanna go mosh, do spin kicks in the pit and jump off the stage – like a big energy release. And it’s meant to be fun music. Some of our riffs are meant to make you pull a funny face!”
You’ll get the chance to experience a Pupil Slicer show this month, when they head out on tour with Rolo Tomassi, before a summer when Kate wants to play “every festival under the sun”. Get ready for the angriest – but most fun – new band you’ll see in 2022.
This article was originally printed in December’s one-off live music special. Pupil Slicer are on tour from February 21.