It can be really hard to put all the feelings and self-reflection done after a failed relationship into words, but Cate Tomlinson has undertaken this task and done a fantastic job. Dubbed by Cate as her best lyrical single to date in her career, “Damage Control” is an extremely powerful and mature song that explores all the layers of complicated emotions that come with heartbreak. While still sick to her stomach over the entirety of the situation, she still wants love. While getting into these emotions, she also makes it clear that despite the situation ending, Cate is able to maintain control of herself no matter how out of control this situation may feel, which is a powerful thing for anybody undertaking a heartbreak to remember.
A very rock-vibed guitar rhythm brings us into the chorus, where Cate’s crisp and clear voice begins to take over the first verse. The guitar rhythm remains steady throughout the first half of this verse and is layered with a higher harmony as her voice begins to echo as the verse goes on. All of this comes to a head in the chorus, where all the sounds Cate has created combine into a beautiful melody that will make you feel like you are floating. The second verse introduces the drums and a higher guitar chord, adding another fantastic layer to this intricate song. With the voice layering in this verse and another fantastic chorus, this song is one that you will want to listen to over and over again.
Originally from San Francisco, Cate Tomlinson at twenty years old has accomplished a lot in her career. Her debut EP, "Missing” released in August of 2020, has accumulated over one hundred thousand streams. In February of 2022 came the release of two singles titled “notes app apology” and “hurt you,” both of which have been transformative for Cate’s style in Pop. The alternative pop and rock nodes of her music became extremely evident in these two singles, as this is a theme that has been lucrative in Cate’s music to date. “Damage Control” emulates all of these things, and given how amazing all of Cate’s songs have been, we are excited to see what’s next for her.
Written By Molly Schiff