EMI (2007)

I was very excited to be asked to review Katchafire’s third studio album, Say What Your Thinking, as I am a big fan of their two previous releases, Revival (2003) (which featured the highest selling NZ single of 2003) and Slow Burning (2005). Both albums gained high praise.

For this release, the seven-piece crew stepped into Auckland’s York Studios at the end of 2006 with a different line-up.  The very talented Thompson Hohepa (guitarist/vocals) left the group as did highly acclaimed NZ bassist, Ara Adams-Tamatea. The bands original bass player, Tere Ngarua, is back on bass duties with Ara continuing on as the groups booking agent.  

Katchafire keep going from strength to strength and Say What Your Thinking is no exception! All aspects of this album impressed me from the production to the song-writing. Katchafire have put together the prefect sound track for summer!

The album kicks off with the title track, Say What Your Thinking, which begins with an awesome sax intro before it breaks into an infectious skanked-out catchy hook. It has some beautiful backing singing giving it a very soulful feel. Say What Your Thinking is the perfect introduction to Katchafire’s feel good vibes if you’re a first time listener of their music.

Now Girl is the second track and is an excellent lovers tune for the ladies, with a nice Island feel and a very catch hook. There are also several other standout tracks for me. The very dubby J-Dubb with a very heavy bass line is sure to rattle your insides on a big rig. This World is another feel good track depicting the plight of the world today and Meant To Be is another lovers tune with a mean bass line and very catchy horn section!

Katchafire also have an extra instrumental track, Agent-H, which is not included on the album release but can be purchased through iTunes as a single release.

Whether you’re already a Katchafire fan or if you haven’t heard them before, Say What Your Thinking is a must have for summer!! Big up to Katchafire for bringing such sweet sounding good vibe tunes!

Sticky’s rating is 4 out of 5!