Kate Sikora

Kate Sikora

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Indie folk pop girlie who can rock! Her songs are short stories about life, travel, nostalgia. At times, only a fragile acoustic guitar, other times, backed with an organic blend of drums, keys, bass & trumpet.

Biography

Kate Sikora is an indie pop gal who can rock! She writes lyrics which are inspired by life, stories, colorful characters, and veer away from the traditional "love song". Kate has been writing songs since her childhood in the quiet suburbs of New Jersey. At the age of 18, she began playing venues in New York and New Jersey as the front woman in an experimental rock band, the Fauxmonks. The band broke up amicably in 2001 and Kate continued on to write and play solo. In 2005, Kate Sikora independently released her debut album, "Grace in Rotation." Shortly after, she brought her quirky, straight-talkin', energetic songs with her abroad where she spent the next 4 years making a name for herself in the Japanese music scene. She and her pal, Lindsay Lueders (The Bracelets, Vilorena), began collaboration on their indie folk duo, "The Loyal We" in 2006. They caught the attention of Japanese label, Contrarede, shortly after who released their debut album, "Homes" on January 20, 2010. Kate continues to perform as 1/2 of the Loyal We while also playing with various Japanese musicians she met and befriended in Tokyo. She and her band recorded "The Counting Song" at EMI studio Terra which was included on the Avocado Record's compilation "Kill Your T.V 2009." When the Loyal We went on a brief hiatus (Lindsay went back to the U.S), Kate decided to stay in Tokyo to work on new material and recordings with her band (Kishida Yoshinari (drums), Horikoshi Takeshi (bass), Minmin (organ)) Sticking around soon paid off as they were invited to play at the 2009 Fuji Rock Festival on the Rookie-A-Go-Go stage. Soon after, Kate began work on her ep "Aparto" with Glaswegian producer and engineer, David Naughton. In September, 2009, "Grace in Rotation" was re-released in Japan on the Contrarede label. In the winter of 2010, Kate opened the show for one of her biggest influences, Liz Phair, at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ. When the tragic earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan's shores in March 2011, she decided to organize a benefit show to send her support. She contributed to the UK's Gabby Young's "Song for Japan: We're All in This Together" and continues to support Japan with her music. Kate is currently working on releasing her second solo album, "Aparto" and has begun work on a sophomore album with the Loyal We. She is living in the US for now with plans to return to adopted home in Tokyo later this year.

Lyrics

Usually

Written By: Kate Sikora

Usually, I keep these things to myself.
On New Year's Eve, I thought you were someone else...
whispering, "what a moment to never forget."
Usually, I keep these things to myself but...
You tricked me, I thought you were someone else.
Traded me for a piece of somebody else.

*I forgot I used to think that you were decent.
I forgot I used to thin that you were kind.
I forgot I used to think that you were an angel.
I forgot I used to think that you were mine.

Whispering in a dream I'd kept to myself.
You trained me to want nobody else and..
usually I don't feel bad for myself.

I got a bottle of wine for me and nobody else.
I drink it to forget what you said and it makes me forget what you really meant.

*I forgot I used to think that you were decent.
I forgot I used to think that you were kind.
I forgot I used to think that you were an angel.
I forgot I used to think that you were mine...

10 Hours

Written By: Kate Sikora

Drove 10 hours to the sea
I cried an ocean in my dreams
Something like a weekend, or an anniversary
You slipped away again with those unsaid goodbyes
maybe that's why it never ends...

What is it that has us bound?
With wrinkled eyes and stretch-marked skin
In time we'll be young again
In time we'll be young...again

Drove 10 hours to the city
I had hoped to come back with something
Sand in my pockets and cacti in my shoes and a weak explanation from you
If those words you never spoke and my heart had never broke...
maybe then we would still be friends..

What is it that has us bound?
With wrinkled eyes and stretch-marked skin
In time we'll be young again
In time we'll be young again....

Cocoon

Written By: Kate Sikora

Cocoon is a womb
with just enough space
for a creature to bloom
I'll burst you with a drop of dew,
I'll be the catalyst
that touches you
and toughens you
for the world outside.

and I still don' know,
if there's a place where
a person can grow...
and say "Yes, yes, yes"
to the ones who say "No."

I feel you there behind me
The noon day sun
is too far to warn me
but I won't look until
I cross that bridge
and the demons that would take you
will wait on the ridge
and tempt me to fail

Cocoon is a womb
with just enough space
for a creature to bloom
I'll burst you with a drop of dew
I'll be the catalyst
that touches you
and toughens you
for the world outside

Discography

Debut LP
~"Grace in Rotation" (2005 US release, 2009 Japan release)

Radio/Streaming Airplay
1. 10 Hours
2. Usually
3. Leaving Shore

Kill Your TV 2009 compilation (Avocado Records, Japan)
"The Counting Song"

~"Aparto" EP (released on Phantom Signals label December 7, 2010)

Set List

30-45 minute set (can play longer if necessary)

1. Still Quiet
2. Usually
3. Boy with a Bird Leg
4. Wonderful Princess
5. Cocoon
6. Swallowed by the Ocean
7. 10 Hours
8. Sato-san
9. Sailboat
10. The Counting Song
11.Still Quiet
12. Box is a Rocket
13. Stars