King­fisha and the state of reg­gae

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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.

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