Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


Sounds like

Lime Cordiale, Tyne James Organ, Sticky Fingers, Ocean Alley


band members

Tommy, Chris, Nuge, Brann,


Influences

The Growlers, Phoenix, Gorillaz, David Bowie


Website

www.thekavakings.net/

Bio

The Kava Kings’ are a collection of salty haired boys from south of Sydney.They embody the sound and lifestyle of the beaches and will make you delirious with their crunchy coastal tunes.

The boys have shared the stage with Aussie favourites such as John Butler, Ocean Alley, Winston Surfshirt, The Rubens, Eskimo Joe, Lime Cordiale and Birds of Tokyo 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.

In 2017 and 2018 the boys ditched their van and headed across the seas to embark on two European tours. They brought 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 newest EP, which they’ve been working on with engineer and producer Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe). If you ask the Smithson brothers, to describe their latest 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.

Vocals, Trumpet, Guitar / Tommygun

Vocals, Bass, Keyboard / Chras

Lead Guitar / Nuge

Drums / Brann

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

20 Aug 2019

Triple J
40

Another winner? It feels endless now. You can hear how it grows and I love the way it wraps itself around with each listen. The Kava Kings are here to stay!

Another winner? It feels endless now. You can hear how it grows and I love the way it wraps itself around with each listen. The Kava Kings are here to stay!

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

14 Aug 2019

Triple J
40

'where does it hurt' was one of those songs that grew on me massively across months of hearing it on ue digi radio and kava kings have crafted another one here which i think will seep into my brain without me even noticing.

'where does it hurt' was one of those songs that grew on me massively across months of hearing it on ue digi radio and kava kings have crafted another one here which i think will seep into my brain without me even noticing.

Review

Review by James Findlay James Findlay

14 Aug 2019

Triple J
40

So I was just minding my own business, and found myself bopping and singing along to the chorus almost immediately! This is catchy af and gorgeous. Here for it. Nice work boys!

So I was just minding my own business, and found myself bopping and singing along to the chorus almost immediately! This is catchy af and gorgeous. Here for it. Nice work boys!