Check out our chat with Australian 4-piece Kingswood as they prepare to embark on their first trip to the UK.
Congratulations on the release of Messed It Up – In my opinion, it’s a super catchy, refreshing alt-rock revival with synth pop sensibilities. However, how would you personally describe the quintessential Kingswood sound?
It’s a new sound once again for us, we don’t want to keep making the same record so we have pushed ourselves to evolve and find different sounds. Messed It Up still has quite a heavy feel but in a different way to our earlier music.
How indicative is Messed It Up in relation to the upcoming album? Will we see a clear theme, or will there be a lot of variances?
There is a stronger theme in this new record than our last, that record was quite experimental and very diverse. The songs on the new record are more of a family, there is a certainly a more modern sound. And you can dance more cos don’t we just love to dance.
So, not only will this new album mark a big step in your careers, you’re also making a huge step by conquering British soil for the first time. How does it feel to know that you’ll be plying your craft on the other side of the world?
Incredible. We’ve been so busy at home that it feels strange that it’s taken this long. And to have the first London show sell out so quickly, we wish we came earlier. We are feeling the love and cant wait to come and give it back.
When it comes to planning a live show, will your approach to the setlist be different in the UK to what it would be at home?
I don’t think so, we change up the set quite a bit depending on how we are feeling, and if we think a song is good enough and we want to play it then that’s what the audience will get. We always listen to the people though and will take requests, and sometimes shout out before a show and ask what fans want to hear.
Talk to us about the Australian music scene. Would you say that it’s a nurturing environment?
It’s great being a musician in Australia, you need to work hard like anything, but there are plenty of people wanting to support you, the live and festival scene is always growing, and there is a real sense of community within the industry.
What are the forces that fuel your creative process? Other than music, what inspires you?
It comes from everywhere. Even walking through the streets of New York today, observing people and street art. Making little notes. Hearing stories or listening to a podcast. The hardest part is converting the things you see and learn into your own art.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
Haha wow what a question. If people are still listening to our music after we are gone, and hearing our stories and feeling it, and maybe it helps them in some way, wether its to get though a tough time or just to have a good time. Then that sounds pretty good to me.