Kingswood on tour
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.