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
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.