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Who are Kingswood?

26 June 2019

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Thunderous serpentine space-rock and smouldering falsetto R’nB.

WELCOME TO THE MUSICAL WORLD OF KINGSWOOD!

The goal posts refuse to yield on the Melbourne rock quartet’s third album, currently under construction across four studios in Sydney and Nashville. The first taste, Messed It Up — all sinewy synth-soul compulsion with a restless rock undertow — presages another stunning act of evolution. Of their previous albums After Hours, Close to Dawn, guitarist Alex Laska told Rolling Stone magazine, “We wanted to make something that would rival Abbey Road.”

Their debut album, an electrifying act of hard rock sophistication called Microscopic Wars, was made at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with multi-Grammy-winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon). It made directly for the Top 10 in 2014, followed by nomination for that year’s Best Rock Album at the annual ARIA Awards.

Their debut album, an electrifying act of hard rock sophistication called Microscopic Wars, was made at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with multi-Grammy-winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon). It made directly for the Top 10 in 2014, followed by nomination for that year’s Best Rock Album at the annual ARIA Awards.

“In the early days we were like a Led Zeppelin tribute band,” Laska recalled with amusement at the time, reflecting on how far they’d already come before adding, tellingly: “one of our first projections was to be respected by other musicians.”

It took that kind of ambition to follow up with 2016’s After Hours, Close to Dawn: an exquisitely soulful departure that opened with a 4am piano ballad titled Looking For Love and peaked with the creamy electric piano and jazz harmonies of Golden, the band’s biggest hit to date.

And that, is the very, very short biography of the very popular Australian band, KINGSWOOD.

Kingswood will be on stage on Friday night, 09 August.