HARD ROAD TO SUC­CESS

Hard rock/heavy metal ARIA win­ners Kar­nivool are on a na­tional tour to cel­e­brate 10 years since they re­leased The­mata. Lead singer Ian Kenny says dis­ci­pline and hunger have been key to their longevity

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ITo cel­e­brate the 10-year an­niver­sary, Kar­nivool have hit the road to for a The­mata Decade Tour. “Ex­pect in­ti­mate, ex­pect sweaty, ex­pect loud. Ex­pect to hear all of The­mata – and more,” says Kenny. It has been a hard road to global suc­cess for the Aus­tralian heavy metal/rock scene, but Kar­nivool is one name that has been planted firmly on the charts.

The band’s third al­bum Asym­me­try de­buted at No.1 on the ARIA charts and se­cured them an ARIA win for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal al­bum in 2013.

Kenny says their win was a nod to the ris­ing hard rock seen in Australia.

“I don’t think that some­thing like that re­ally changes the world or how we op­er­ate as a band but it was a nod to the al­ter­na­tive rock/metal scene,” he says.

“It (the genre) has been in our coun­try for years but it never gets a look-in when it comes to the ARIAs, so that was a win I guess.”

Kenny is the first Aus­tralian lead singer to have reached No.1 on the Aria charts for two bands in the same year and be nom­i­nated for two ARIA awards for the bands he fronts.

“You have to re­ally en­joy it and love the idea for song writ­ing and per­for­mance,” he says.

“I think most peo­ple would never re­ally do two bands, one is enough, but you have to be hun­gry for it and you have to be dis­ci­plined.

“It is a full-time job, there is al­ways some­thing to do, ei­ther record­ing, writ­ing and trav­el­ling.”

Kenny says they teamed up with leg­endary pro­ducer Nick DiDia (Rage Against The Ma­chine, Mas­ta­don, Pearl Jam) for their lat­est al­bum to “keep things fresh”.

“Kar­nivool is a chal­lenge,” he says.

“We have taken an­other step in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion and it’s not as tech-heavy as it was last time.

“That was ex­posed with us this time around and we will push the band in a new space again.

“We have some cool song ideas and we will have some new things writ­ten by the end of the year.”

Af­ter jug­gling both bands for al­most a decade, Kenny says his fame all hap­pened per chance.

“Kar­nivool started be­cause we re­alised we could write and we said f--- let’s do it,” he says.

“While that was go­ing on, I met Adam the gui­tarist for Birds and wrote songs on the side with no in­ten­tion of it ever be­ing a band.

“It snow­balled into a fully fledged na­tional and in­ter­na­tional tour­ing act for both bands.’’

To take on the de­mand­ing sched­ule Kenny was forced into a life­style many could not keep up with, but one he would never trade.

Kar­nivool are play­ing at the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel to­mor­row night.

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