Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


Sounds like

Sticky Fingers, Hockey Dad, Ocean Alley, Lime Cordiale


band members

Tommy Gun, Nuge, Chras, Branno, Alex


Influences

Phoenix, David Bowie, The Growlers, Gorillaz


Unearthed artists we like

Lola Scott, RUBY FIELDS


Website

www.thekavakings.net/

Gig

The Kava Kings

Strong impact coarse language and/or themes

25 May

The Chippo

Sydney, 2008

Chippendale

7:00pm

Bio

About five years ago, after a big night in Fiji, a leather-skinned man named Waami crowned the salty haired boys from Sydney’s southern beaches 'The Kava Kings’.They embody the sound and lifestyle of the beaches and will make you delirious with their Psychedelic Sun Pop.

The boys have hauled their vans along 8 Australian tours, covering both main cities and regional areas, and hitting your favourite festivals including Soundscape Sydney and Wollombi Festival. Along the way, they’ve shared the stage with Aussie favourites such as Ocean Alley, Winston Surfshirt, Lime Cordiale and The Beautiful Girls as well as international acts such as Ozomatli (USA) and The Skatalites (Jamaica).

Seeing a song in the exact same colour is not an unusual experience for brothers Tommy and Chris. This unusual phenomenon adds a new dimension to the music coming out of this Southern Beaches band. Tommy and Chris grew up in sync, creating the bands sound based on a shared experience of music.

Tommy, Chris, Luke and Nuge are ditching the van and heading across the seas to embark on their second European tour. They’ll be bringing their explosive live show to audiences in Italy, Austria, France, The UK, and Surfana Festival in the Netherlands, representing Sydney’s finest on the world stage.

2018 will be a big year for The Kava Kings as they gear up to release their debut album, which they’ve been working on with engineer and producer Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe). If you ask the Smithson brothers, to describe their upcoming track ‘Friends’, they’ll tell you they see it in shades of green. however if your not a synesthetic, you could say ‘Friends’ explores the experience of growing up and the all too familiar notion of drifting apart from the ones we thought we’d always have. The boys describe the new direction they are heading in as a step away from their roots and a move towards incorporating more rock and electronic elements.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

11 May 2018

Triple J
40

I like the way the rook and roots vibes of this mesh together. It like skating down a pier shedding on an electric guitar. The bridge was intense, definitely snaps you out of the seemingly party vibes in the beginning. In some ways this song is channeling Ball Park Music too.

I like the way the rook and roots vibes of this mesh together. It like skating down a pier shedding on an electric guitar. The bridge was intense, definitely snaps you out of the seemingly party vibes in the beginning. In some ways this song is channeling Ball Park Music too.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

10 May 2018

Triple J
40

sad stories done in a joyous way, an age old tactic that you've nailed here.

sad stories done in a joyous way, an age old tactic that you've nailed here.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

02 May 2018

Triple J
35

I'm on a pool inflatable and it's the heart of summer and all is well.

I'm on a pool inflatable and it's the heart of summer and all is well.