KATE BOY

FROM V84 FALL PREVIEW 2013

PHOTOGRAPHY BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY
FASHION JODIE BARNES
TEXT PATRIK SANDBERG

Kate Akhurst hails from Australia, but she’s now a bona fide Swedish sensation as the singer for Kate Boy, whose bombastic pop song, “Northern Lights,” took the Internet by storm earlier this year. It was also the spark that started it all: the first time she met her bandmates they wrote the song on the spot.

Markus Dextegen, Hampus Nordgren Hemlin, and Oskar Sikow Engstrom were known as Rocket Boy when they deejayed around Stockholm, but once Akhurst materialized, they changed their name to Kate Boy as a joke and it stuck. “It encapsulated exactly how we saw ourselves,” Akhurst recalls. “An ambiguous and androgynous character, the fifth member of the band.” From promo imagery to their sharp, ambient video for second single “In Your Eyes,” Kate Boy riffs on elements of exposure and obscurity, shadow and light. Often the band chooses to answer questions as one entity: it’s Kate Boy talking.

“We are very inspired by track-driven songs, rhythm, and emotion,” Kate Boy says. “It’s truly inspiring to hear what heroes from the ’70s and ’80s were able to accomplish given the equipment and technology they had. Now everything is possible. We find limitation inspiring.”