Kingswood Australia’s rock philosophers set off on their After Hours, Close to Dawn national tour in just days and to get the show on the road they had a string of live chats across the country, starting very early on a Friday with Alex Laska lead Guitarist and Songwriter chatting with Yaya of Rabbit Radio .
The scheduled interview went from structured questions to laughs and cartoon referencing in no time.
“Hi Yanina” an excited but somewhat equally as sleepy chimes Alex, as he refers to his day ahead as ‘planning a day of Kingswood-isms’; this statement reflecting the hours, work and dedication it takes to pull off a successful and rewarding 14 stop tour. But with nine people who will taking to the stage as team Kingswood it’s no wonder they are all spending many days and hours in the lead up confined to studio rooms fine tuning songs and sets.
“I just have three or four (interviews) today in amongst pre production, and building stuff for tour, rehearsing and programming. Its pretty full on but it’s awesome, we are getting to the end of the road and everything is starting to look really cool.”
What’s it like playing in a band ten years? How has the progression changed your lives?
“Yeah almost, well the current line up has only been playing together a year now, because we have some new members. But I mean Ferg and I have been playing music together since primary school. The fresh blood are the ones who....enter the circus once we have gone completely insane and we don’t even know it and they quickly become a part of it and get lost with us.”
Referring Alexs to an episode of Adventure Time he decides the band now relates very closely to the guest characters of the episode ‘Up a Tree’.
When asked if he would like to get back to serious interview questions he laughs and says no, let’s keep talking about cartoons.
“For example there’s this one bit in an episode of Rick and Morty where he made this helmet for the dog to give him super intelligence, like higher intelligence, and then he creates an army of robot dogs and then they enslave their humans and say ‘ I have been a slave to you for so many years’ and it’s all because of one helmet.”
“Maybe when we go on this tour we start playing one for one episodes”
Conversation gets lost on a popcorn and addictions tangent for quite sometime before returning to the task at hand. After Hours, Close to Dawn.
Are you excited about tour?
“Of course, it’s my favoruite thing in the world. Besides making music. I Can’t wait! We are riding motorbikes, we are riding between every one of our NSW shows, Sydney, New Castle, Wollongong, back to Sydney and then off to Canberra. We are taking 14 people on the road with us this tour, nine of them will be onstage. Its hectic. It’s a lot of work but it’s really cool. It’s really starting to take shape and sounds really cool. It’s (the rehearsals) are torturous but so rewarding. The logistics of the show are insane.”
Is it strange coming off tour with such a big group, your relationship after weeks if not months together must be symbiotic. Is it odd getting back to me time?
“It is very welcomed but it is strange you are right. It is sort of like stockholm syndrome, you are in the tree right? (referring to Up a tree once more) then finally you get out of the tree and you are like woah....
The video for Golden is really simple yet powerful who came up with the concept?
“It was mostly mine, I just had always had a fascination whilst watching diving during the Olympics.”
For many more laffs, plot twists and of course some serious business relating to tour, album releases and of course the professional angles for Golden listen to the full interview.
Kingswood play Miami Marketta on April 6, tickets are on sale and moving fast.
See you there......in the tree, part of the tree.
Interviewer - Yanina Benavidez