Kingfisha catch the reggae rhythms
(pictured) infuse Jamaican rhythms with smooth vocals and beautiful songwriting to create their own unique Australian reggae. The Brisbane-based six-piece have been sharpening their talents for the last five years, and finally released their polished debut self-titled album last month. Frontman Anthony Forrest says the band were working on the record for three years. ‘‘We wanted it to be right. We tried a few times to do (an album). It helped getting an external producer – you need to have an outsider looking in,’’ he says. ‘‘We want to do a few records. After the tour we will start writing again. We have learnt a lot of what to do and what not to do.’’ Forrest’s flowing vocals and strong songwriting ability create a sound comparable to New Zealand outfit Fat Freddy’s Drop. He says the band’s tight melodies and Jamaican influence set them apart from other reggae and dub acts. ‘‘I like having strong themes. I usually start with melodies and then work on a theme,’’ Forrest says. ‘‘We have our own take on reggae. We don’t pretend to be anything we’re not. It’s reggae inspired music, and with that we incorporate synth and current sounds. Melodically and lyrically we do what we do, we don’t pretend to be Jamaican.’’ With six creative minds all having input into the direction Kingfisha’s sound will take, Forrest says they respect each other’s tastes and inputs. ‘‘Some of us were in a band in school together. We are all quite good friends, really,’’ he says.’’We got into groove style music, and that was the driving force towards reggae.’’
Kingfisha and Kooii play The SoundLounge, at Currumbin RSL, tomorrow night.