SINGLE REVIEW: Maisie Peters – Cate’s Brother 

Maisie Peters is unleashing full chaos into the world with the release of her pop-punk inspired new single ‘Cate’s Brother’. Following its viral success on TikTok, the witty-fuelled track is a ridiculous 3 minute celebration of storytelling and early 2000’s. Someone on Twitter described this song as the 2022 version of ‘Teenage Dirtbag’, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that comparison, because it’s dead-on correct.

With crunchy guitars, slight distortion and punchy drums driving the production, she channels the music she grew up listening to and brings this pop-punk fantasy into her musical vision. With a pop polished shining through on the harmony driven chorus, she gives the song these really interesting layers and levels. It socially feels like a stadium rock song which is appropriate as she’s currently opening for Ed Sheeran on his mammoth stadium tour. So if you are attending one of those EU/UK dates, then you better give the song the stadium singalong it deserves. 

Lyrically the song is a lot of fun, and as Maisie would probably describe it; it’s a little bit feral. Stemming from a Halloween party she attended of her friend Cate Canning (also an incredible pop artist and songwriter in her own right), she romanticised the idea of Cate’s brother attending and wrote this fictional love story of them falling with each other at the party. Sadly it is a fictional love story so they aren’t actually dating, nor did anything actually happen between them, but her vivid storytelling makes you believe otherwise. 

‘Cate’s Brothers’ opens a new chapter for her forthcoming sophomore studio album, and if it’s anything to go by then her debut album ‘You Signed Up For This’ was just a soft launch into the prolific trajectory she has in-store.