Kingswood on tour

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Brown

IF you told Kingswood’s Alex Laska a cou­ple of years ago that he would meet Queens of the Stone Age front­man Josh Homme, he “would have passed out”.

But be­ing in the right place at the right time at this year’s Splen­dour in the Grass fes­ti­val saw the writer, gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist lucky enough to sneak in to their green room af­ter their head­lin­ing set.

“The lady who was the se­cu­rity guard did se­cu­rity for a show we did on the Gold Coast and she re­ally liked us,” he said.

“I said, ‘I just want to say hi. I’m not go­ing to cause any trou­ble. All I want to do is thank him for hav­ing a huge in­flu­ence on me’.

“I went straight over to Josh, who was get­ting a photo with what seemed to be fam­ily or friends.

“I said, ‘I don’t want to in­ter­rupt, I just want to say thanks very much for mak­ing the mu­sic you did and it had a huge in­flu­ence on the kind of mu­sic I made for a pe­riod of time’. “He was su­per cool about it.” Now the Mel­bourne rock trio is gear­ing up for its big­gest na­tional tour to date with 17 shows, de­spite tour­ing the coun­try just four months ago.

“That was the ini­tial tour to bring the new al­bum (Af­ter Hours, Close To Dawn) out into the world,” Laska said.

“Now that we’ve done that, we have more free­dom with the songs we can play and how cre­ative we can be with them.”

And the lads are def­i­nitely not ready to slow down.

“We get very anx­ious when we’re not tour­ing,” Laska said.

“The ex­cite­ment of be­ing on stage is still as preva­lent as it was since the first time we went out.

“It’s like Groundhog Day but the day is awe­some.”

This tour will see the ad­di­tion of horns to the stage, along with back­ing fe­male vo­cal­ists who pun­ters would have seen ear­lier this year.

Kingswood is pre­par­ing for its big­gest na­tional tour yet.

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