Try and find me a harder working band that Australia’s own Kingswood. They are in the midst of a run of 120+ shows across Australia giving fans the opportunity to listen to the tunes off Home, the record they have just released.
Home features rich story telling, some sweet guitars and beautiful harmonies. From the hopefull sorrow of “One Too Many Times” the celebration of acceptance and contentment in “Burning Holes” and the shredding guitars in “Last One’s Kicking In”, Home is their strongest work to date. This is the fourth album from the band, and was recorded in Newmarket Studios in Melbourne with Eddie Spear (Zach Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlisle).
The band formed in 2007, and have racked up an impressive list of accomplishments along the way. We’re talking ARIA Award Nominations, tours with AC/DC & Aerosmith, appearances at Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival & Groovin’ The Moo, as well as selling out a bunch of their own headline shows.
We were lucky enough to hear the album played live at a listening party in Sydney in February, and it sounds fabulous, so do try and catch them at one of their shows.
Taking a deep dive into Home, Kingswood have put together a track-by-track breakdown of the album. So do press <Play>, crank it up and read on.
Kingswood– Home – Track by track
“Home” opens our 6th studio album with the lilt of a Gibson L-00 and the impassioned voice of Fergus Linacre, “Saw you at the river skippin’ stones again”. The song considers the ideas of loss and resolution, combining both and a hope driven musical landscape. The guitar sounds are incendiary.
An ode to one of our all time favourite bands, Creedence Clearwater Revival. The spirit of John Fogerty lives within us, and has done since we all experienced CCR for the first time.
One of Al’s many sojourns to Nashville inspired the creation of this song. A lament, a reflection, a joy to have experienced such a wonderful relationship captured in this moment.
Mother Did Say
Interestingly enough, this song was created in Microscopic Wars era which may be informed by the slide style riff governing the main theme. For those playing at home this was an accompaniment to Ohio at the time.
Heartbreak Ain’t Gold
“Heartbreak Ain’t Gold” pairs Skynyrd styled riffs against Petty sensibilities in a marriage reminiscing Deja Vu styled chorus. If you like big harmonies, pedal steel and heartbreak – this one’s for you.
One Too Many Times
Dual wielding guitar slingin’ madness reigns supreme. Freebird, we’re coming for you – the song begins on emotional reflection of the constantly departed, and ends in blazing glory.
On a winter’s night, deep in the hinterland of the Gold Coast on a ranch at the base of Mount Tamborine, two young men discuss the intricacies of romance over good whiskey. This song is the conclusion.
Last One’s Kicking In
Blues. Blues. Blues. Allman brothers eat your heart out. Another one of our most beloved bands. The track is nothing more than a blistering blues featuring the legendary Jared James Nichols lending his fine talents to the second solo.
Gone Baby Gone
Just when you’ve settled into the blues and thinking it may be the end, when you’re least expecting it, Kingswood comes to the fore with yet another, this time a cruisy adventure, putting in 5th, OD, and feeling the wind in your hair, smelling the sweetness of pine in the distance. The power of Les Paul compels you.
God & Gun
“God & Gun” means take the hand of the one you love, run to the barn and two-step til your heart’s content. Cowboys and love-stories are the backdrop to this western moment. Pedal steel finishes off the bouquet in frantic and titillating fashion,
Alamo, our last stand, going out with all guns blazing. “Moving On” is a sludgy, whiskey fuelled blues jam, with tuning second to gusto. The guitars are disgustingly indulgent, the mood is perfect in the penultimate step before we wind down for a beautiful lullaby.
“Riches” is the waltz of your dreams. The romance of days gone by soundtracked by the beautiful Newmarket collective, a 12 piece string section comprising some of Australia’s most accomplished and esteemed musicians from Melbourne’s very own symphony Orchestra. Bluegrass and orchestras are a match made in heaven.
KINGSWOOD 2023 TOUR DATES
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All tickets for all shows will be via the venues and www.kingswoodband.com
FRI 24 FEB VOLTA ARTS BALLARAT, VIC
SAT 25 FEB CROXTON BANDROOM MELBOURNE, VIC
SUN 26 FEB HABA RYE, VICFRI 3 MAR LONGSTOCKINGS BREWERY PAMBULA, NSW
SAT 4 MAR TILBA VALLEY WINES TILBA VALLEY, NSW
SUN 5 MAR SMOKEY DANS TOMAKIN, NSW
FRI 10 MAR THE MARLIN HOTEL ULLADULLA, NSW
SAT 11 MAR BOWRAL BOWLING CLUB BOWRAL, NSW
SUN 12 MAR THE BEER SHED LEUMEAH, NSW
THU 16 MAR HERITAGE HOTEL BULLI, NSW
FRI 17 MAR PADDINGTON RSL SYDNEY, NSW
SAT 18 MAR AVALON RSL AVALON, NSW
SUN 19 MAR BRASS MONKEY CRONULLA, NSW
FRI 24 MAR OCEAN VIEW BEACH CLUB CENTRAL COAST, NSW
SAT 25 MAR STAG & HUNTER, NEWCASTLE, NSW
SUN 26 MAR PACIFIC RECREATION CLUB TAREE, NSW
THU 30 MAR LAURIETON EX SERVICES LAURIETON, NSW
FRI 31 MAR SOUTH WEST ROCKS COUNTRY CLUB SOUTH WEST ROCKS, NSW SAT 1 APR MOONEE BEACH HOTEL COFFS HARBOUR, NSW
SUN 2 APR MULLUMBIMBY EX SERVICES MULLUMBIMBY, NSW
THU 13 APR WALLABY HOTEL MUDGEERABA, QLD
FRI 14 APR BEENLEIGH TAVERN BEENLEIGH, QLD
SAT 15 APR BRIBIE ISLAND HOTEL BRIBIE ISLAND, QLD
SUN 16 APR KINGS BEACH TAVERN KINGS BEACH, QLD
THU 20 APR OLD BUNDY TAVERN BUNDABERG, QLD
FRI 21 APR HARVEY ROAD TAVERN GLADSTONE, QLD
SAT 22 APR THE METROPOLITAN MACKAY, QLD
THU 27 APR MAGNUMS AIRLIE BEACH, QLD
FRI 28 APR DALRYMPLE HOTEL TOWNSVILLE, QLD
SAT 29 APR EDGE HILL TAVERN CAIRNS, QLDTHU 25 MAY DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN DUNSBOROUGH, WA
FRI 26 MAY MOJOS FREMANTLE, WA
SAT 27 MAY RAVENSWOOD HOTEL RAVENSWOOD, WA
SUN 28 MAY THE CARINE DUNCRAIG, WATHU 1 JUN NANNUP TOWN HALL NANNUP, WA
FRI 2 JUN THE RIVER MARGARET RIVER, WA
SAT 3 JUN SIX DEGREES ALBANY, WA
THU 8 JUN SOUND CITY PORT LINCOLN, SA
FRI 9 JUN THE FAT CONTROLLER ADELAIDE, SA
SAT 10 JUN WESTERN HOTEL MT GAMBIER, SA
SUN 11 JUN HOTEL VICTOR VICTOR HARBOUR, SA
Photos from the Sydney Home Listening Party at the Shady Pines Saloon on Sydney on the 16th February by Bruce Baker
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