KEEP­ING IT REAL

If their song­writ­ing process is any in­di­ca­tion, au­di­ences are in for a wild ride when rock group Kingswood hit Mi­ami Mar­ketta next week

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - SALLY COATES

Some­times you hear a be­hind-the-scenes story that com­pletely changes your per­cep­tion of a band. Kingswood’s ex­pe­ri­ence mak­ing the al­bum Af­ter Hours, Close To Dawn takes the cake when it comes to orig­i­nal­ity.

“I think a good ex­am­ple of how we pushed our­selves is the vo­cals on Alabama White,” lead vo­cal­ist Fer­gus Li­nacre says.

“It’s a song about be­ing a fair dis­tance from your loved one and be­ing un­able to con­nect and find new dreams. Do­ing the vo­cals I had to get into the emo­tion of the song.

“I wasn’t con­vinced that I was in that state of mind enough, so I got on a mat­tress with my arms wrapped in a sleep­ing bag so I was trapped and had cin­der blocks on my chest so I couldn’t breathe prop­erly. The guys were telling me it was s--t, say­ing they wanted to call it a day, but that was their plan to get me into this hon­est, an­gry state. So, yeah, the mak­ing of it was re­ally a roller­coaster.”

Lyri­cally, Fer­gus says they thrive off au­then­tic­ity, even if it means ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a lit­tle hu­man mis­ery.

“There was a stage be­fore this record and Alex (Laska) said he couldn’t write be­cause he was too happy,” Fer­gus says. “So he started mak­ing things up – sto­ries about lovers, you know the songs – but we de­cided that it wasn’t real, he was just writ­ing for the sake of writ­ing. It was like, ‘What’s the point?’ It makes mu­sic like a job not an out­let. But then things got tougher, life throws curve­balls, and it came through.”

Kingswood are a band that le­git­i­mately care about their mu­sic, and that doesn’t stop at the live shows.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited. We played three songs off the al­bum in the last bunch of shows we did last year, so we can’t wait to play the whole al­bum,” Fer­gus says.

“There’s a lot of stuff when we were recording we were kind of think­ing ‘How are we go­ing to do that live?’

“I’m play­ing key­board a lit­tle bit. Some songs have four or five part har­monies – I’m re­ally ex­cited, it’ll be a dif­fer­ent level of show.”

Kingswood, Mi­ami Mar­ketta, April 6, mi­ami­mar­ketta.com

Mel­bourne act Kingswood are all about au­then­tic­ity.

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