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Q&A w/ Kings Within

Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?

Kings Within is a collaboration of members from established Adelaide hardcore bands – At Fates Mercy and The Broadside

What is your favourite track to perform live?

Our new song “Masquerade” is by far the current favourite to perform live. It ebbs and flows from quiet and pretty, to loud and heavy. We get great audience reaction and it’s a really fun song to play. Check it out on our YouTube channel.

Most people ascribe to one idea or another about how the universe began, what do you reckon about it all?

The “idea” that science gives us is pretty compelling to believe due to the overwhelming evidence that the universe began from a Big Bang, which was a moment in time where all matter in the universe had condensed to a point it could no longer contain its own weight and immensity, and exploded in a cosmic firework to spread all the universe contains in all directions. Science bitch! 🙂

What is the first song you ever wrote and did it make it onto a release?

Our first ever song almost became a scrapped idea put into a dark bin to be forgotten, but after writing 5 or 6 more songs, we revisited it and it actually became our first single release – “Feel the Rain”. We went full stops with it and created our debut video, ran a campaign with Evergreen Artists and even toured it interstate as we shared it amongst other new music. Check it out also on our Facebook page or YouTube channel.

What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome as a band/artist so far?

All members lead extremely busy lifestyles full of extra-curriculative activities ranging from guitar teaching to ice hockey or golf. Find the time to all catch up regularly is a challenge but we maintain a weekly band practise with writing sessions in between. If only there were more hours in the day!

Without invoking genre, describe your music…

It’s positive, energetic, fun and unique. We have found a sound we believe is both enjoyable to listen to as well as play. Considering our heavy backgrounds, the fact this collaboration of musicians took a chance with a softer rock direction was certainly a challenge, but we feel this fact has given a fresh take on what people might classify as heavy rock.

Have you had the chance to play a show with any of your musical heroes? Who were they and what was that experience like?

I can only speak for myself on this one (Benn – vocals) but sharing the stage with Craig Owens of Choidos was one of the greatest highlights of my musical career. I idolized him growing up and to share a beer backstage in the green room prior to performing alongside him was a moment in time I won’t ever forget.

What was your first ever favourite song?

Box of Sharp Objects – The Used

Lots of songs start out with a working title and are eventually renamed, what were some of the original names of your songs before they were complete?

Nearly every song of ours goes through at least 3 or 4 name changes before we finally settle on the name to lock to it. As I write and re-write my lyrics, I change content and let the name naturally evolve. Once lyrics are final and the hook is in place, it normally automatically takes its name from the hook. As can be heard in all our songs, the namesake is the prominent lyric.

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

Less is more and much more if done well. We have backing tracks and effects, but reply on the simplistic and catchy progressions to speak from themselves. We share positive sounds, message and vibes, which is easy to deliver if you believe in it. It really is 4 guys having fun and that’s 100%.

Where are people able to hear your songs?

All of the popular outlets – Apple Music, Spotify, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, YouTube, Facebook, etc.

Are you playing any shows anytime soon? 

July 21stsees us play the Detour 2018 festival in Adelaide after which we are taking some time to finalize our EP in preparation for release later in the year, after which we will start playing extensively and around Australia.

 Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Colour and Shade (Melb)

The Vestige (Melb)

Chasing Lana (Melb)

Anything Else you’d like to add?

Thanks to all the family, friends and fans who have supported us thus far. We have some brilliant things to share in the works and cannot wait to unleash these to the world. Stay tuned 🙂

 

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