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
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.