King­fisha catch the reg­gae rhythms

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(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.

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