Kingfisha and the state of reggae
INGFISHA believe that it’s the audience that keeps Australian and New Zealand reggae worlds apart. Anthony Forrest, frontman for Brisbane five-piece Kingfisha, says while both countries are inspired by Jamaican reggae they are influenced by their surroundings.
‘‘Australian reggae is minuscule compared to Kiwi reggae,’’ Forrest says.
‘‘It’s kind of underground here and it’s mainstream over there. New Zealand have that support that lets them play and make records while they are developing. ‘‘It’s harder here with the different audience. ‘‘Australia is such a rock ’n’ roll country – although we are coming around.’’
Forrest says Kingfisha’s point of difference has allowed them to be a ‘‘lucky’’ Australian reggae band.
‘‘Reggae comes with all these connotations and stereotypes – but we are fighting that,’’ he says.
‘‘We want to break those barriers down and for our songs to stand up.’’
Kingfisha – Forrest, guitarist Andrew Stephens, bass player Shannon Green, keyboard player Jason Leca and Michael Howes on sound effects – formed in 2008 and released their debut self-titled album last year.
While the band is still riding off the success of its debut album, Forrest says new tunes are coming together slowly.
‘‘We have new songs but they just aren’t quite right – they need more time,’’ he says.
‘‘Two new songs have got a bit of airing the last few shows. One of them is great. It’s quite up tempo.’’
Kingfisha plays Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern on Sunday from 4pm. Entry is free.
Kingfisha’s Anthony Forrest, Andrew Stephens, Shannon Green, Jason Leca and Michael Howes.