Melbourne legends Kingswood heated up a drizzly Miami night with their After Hours Close To Dawn tour at the Marketta on Thursday, April 6th. To follow up an album as pivotal as Microscopic Wars (2014) while holding their solid rock fan base would seem testing at best but holy hell, did they smash it. Diversifying into an evolved perhaps heavier beat while remaining distinctively Kingswood in sound, the three piece paved their own way to a bluesy rock sub genre without sounding experimental at all.
The sold out show kicked off with supports from Tasmanian Indie Pop artist Maddy Jane as well as the unapologetically punk sounds of the rising, five-piece garage ensemble WAAX. Front woman Marie Devita took the vibe to an in your face level giving the crowd a show of erratic flails and deviant close ups. WAAX’s recent highly rated release Same Same has made the self loathing female vocals familiar and the track went off.
Kingswood emerged and front man Fergus Linacre effortlessly swam through their signature soul wrenching lyrics, garnished with licks of grunge. His voice filled with broken hearted notes travelled through the shed along side guitarist Alex Laska’s rebellious riffs. As they work their way through the night the pace and angst of the set builds to a climatic peak.
The boys close with Creepin and have the crowd hanging on their every chord, swaying with the melodic builds and head banging to the chorus beat. Fergus moves down into the front of the crowd who at this point are at his mercy before rejoining the band to bang out the final chords and end with a bang.
A while it’s been since an act has taken me on such a live journey. If you get the opportunity and warm up to dark harmonies paired well with old school rock twisted just slightly, catch Kingswood across the country on the last leg of the tour.
Reviewer: Kelly Campbell
Photographer: Danny Santangelo