The Gov once again deliver’s on the good time front as the boys from KINGSWOOD tear up the stage and spellbind their sold out Adelaide audience last Saturday, March 25th.
Support act Batz, from Melbourne, consumed the crowd with their Indie vibes and had everybody well and truly set into ‘party’ mode. WAAX from Brisbane were up next. Adelaide born front woman Marie DeVita packs a punch with her powerful vocal. Their sound was pulse-altering Punk at its finest.
Kingswood took to the stage and opened the show with ‘Looking For Love’. A new song off their latest album, ‘After Hours, Close To Dawn’ the tune was welcomed with a mixed reaction of intrigue and allurement by their fans. Very different from their previous work, with a good mix of Jazz tones and moody Blues, the song was a comfortable first step on the ascending stairwell that is the ‘After Hours, Close To Dawn’ show. Next up, ‘Like Your Mother’– another new song- was an absolute banger! A double helping of Rock and Roll, THIS is Kingswood. Jiving keys, thumping drums and riffs that will knock your socks off, there was not a stationary body in the establishment!
When we saw the boys in November 2016 they explained that their new album would be something else – still Kingswood, but with a ‘twist’. Fergus Linacre and the boys certainly delivered on their promise to not deliver something “middle of the road.” With the album being described as experimental and bold, the boys have definitely pushed the barriers, whilst still remaining true to their sound. It is melodically enhanced and evokes their charisma, charm and shows exceptional growth.
‘Alabama White’ was a jaw dropper to say the least. Justin Debrincat’s rhythmic drums were the heart-beat to Alex Laska’s psychedelic guitar riffs. Fergus Linacre’s vocals were hypnotic; accompanied with female back up vocalist and competition winner, Stephanie Greenwood, from Melbourne, the song was catchy, thought provoking and alluring.
Kingswood are masters when it comes to choreographing a set list. Setting the pace for a sonic see-saw, ‘Looking for Love’, ‘Like Your Mother’, and my personal favourite, ‘She’s My Baby’ had the audience enjoying the energetic ups and downs. Laska on Linacre’s shoulder’s, shredding out his guitar solo proves they are still just as down to earth and fun loving as ever, and certainly deliver on the performance front. Adding a groovy centre with songs like ‘So Long’, ‘Golden’ and ‘Belle’, their set was captivating and guided you through many different emotions. Winding up with all-time favourites ‘Ohio’, ’Microscopic Wars’ and ‘Medusa’, the boys threw one more surprise at their audience, and finished up with ‘Creepin’. Bringing you back from the dizzying highs and euphoric lows, Kingswood always leave you wanting more.
For tour dates and ticket info, head to www.kingswoodband.com but be quick! The ‘After Hours, Close To Dawn’ tour wraps up Saturday April 29th and it’s a show that you cannot miss!
By Kathryn Yeend