The upcoming show for Melbourne’s Kingswood represents a full circle type moment for the band. This sense of going full circle comes after the release of their second album After Hours, Close To Dawn earlier this month which is allowing them to take to stages around the country and welcome with them a bunch of rising acts.
In the three years since the release of their debut album the band saw themselves rising to six on the ARIA charts and also being nominated for Best Rock Album. With debut album Microscopic Wars being so successful the band chose to return to its birthplace in Nashville to record the follow up.
“It’s like a wonderland for musicians” said Alex Laska when describing Nashville before adding “Everything there is geared towards giving musicians the opportunities to be really creative.”
Now with the new record in their bowstring the band are heading back out on the road, arriving in Sydney next Friday. For the tour they’re taking WAAX, Maddy Jane and Batz with them, all of which Alex says they first heard via Triple J’s Unearthed program.
“We’re big advocates of that program because it helped shape our career.” explained Alex, thus giving this tour the full circle feeling. To be able to provide similar opportunities to what they were given in the past by major bands to new upcoming acts is something Kingswood and Laska take great pride in.
“Grinspoon gave us a massive leg up by putting us on their tour, Living End did that for us as well. Even Stonefield put us on, they’re lovely girls for doing that and giving us the opportunity to tour Australia with them in 2012-13 when it all started for us.” reflected Alex before adding “If we can somehow give the opportunities that we had from the Unearthed program to someone that’s what it’s all about.”
With this run of shows Kingswood have been building a new live experience which Alex says is built directly “around the album” and involves a “pretty intense light show and additional players.” After putting in all this work on both the album and now the live show Alex said “We’ve been off the road for a little while and everyone is starting to get a little trigger happy and itching to head out for the most incredible Kingswood performance in the history of Kingswood.”
Mar 31, 8pm. The Metro, 624 George St, Sydney. $40.10-$61.60+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.metrotheatre.com.au