Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots


Sounds like

Yothu Yindi , Warumpi Band, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu , The War On Drugs , Bombay Bicycle Club , Tame Impala


band members

Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu - singer Roy Kellaway - guitarist Dimathaya Burarrwanga - guitarist Campbell Messer - Bass Lewis Stiles - Drums


Influences

Talking Heads, Warumpi Band , Yothu Yindi , Parcels , Phoenix , Metronomy, Bombay Bicycle Club , Foals, The Wombats , horse trank, devo, wavves


Bio

In its humble beginnings, King Stingray was just a do-it-yourself challenge – a couple of
mates stewing up hot tunes in an equally hot part of the Northern Territory bush.
Now, less than a year since they dropped their hooky debut single, Hey Wanhaka in October
2020, these five Yolŋu (Aboriginal) and balanda (non-Indigenous) lads from north-east
Arnhem Land and Queensland have become one of Australia’s hottest new acts.
In August 2021, King Stingray took out the enviable title of #1 Most Played Australian Track
on triple j, for their accidental lockdown anthem, Get Me Out.
It came off the back of an impassioned triple j Live at the Wireless set in May (watch it here:
abc.net.au/triplej/live-at-the-wireless/king-stingray-live-at-the-wireless/13364098).
Mixing ancient Yolŋu manikay (songs) and biḻma (clapsticks) with hot electric guitars and
searing lyrics, King Stingray have spent the past year dodging COVID-19 restrictions to wow
crowds along the eastern states, with tour highlights including Dark Mofo in Hobart,
Splendour In the Grass XR, and completely selling out their first ever tour in March/April
2021.
King Stingray has one foot planted in history, and one firmly in the future.
Frontman Yirriŋa Yunupiŋu and guitarist Roy Kellaway have direct bloodlines running from
Aussie rock royalty Yothu Yindi – the ARIA-winning legends who gave voice to the push for
Aboriginal recognition with timeless tracks like Treaty, Tribal Voice and One Blood.
Yirriŋa, whose name translates to ‘place of stingray’, is a young Gumatj clan songman from
the seaside community of Yirrkala. He’s following in the footsteps of his pioneering uncle,
Yothu Yindi founder Mandawuy Yunupiŋu, who passed away in 2013.
“Dr Yunupiŋu was a great man, a humble man, a knowledge man, and he’s a leader –
sharing a message,” says Yirriŋa. “Now we’re here to build a bridge for our generation, for
our future, for the kids, just to do the same things as he was doing, and he’s been through.”

From the wilds of northeast Arnhem Land, King Stingray are just getting started. Keep track
of the boys as they get ready to drop some more of Australia’s best new music in 2021.

Follow them on INSTAGRAM: @kingstingrayband
BUY MERCH: https://www.bandtshirts.com.au/shop/king-stingray
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/King-Stingray-103231344798413
LINKTREE: https://linktr.ee/kingstingray
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3hA0yUEuLvjqvxtMlqznDb?si=efqWF6c4SSSk7S-
9uJVJgA&dl_branch=1

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmhB4aHx1A4XqEl0GFOHVw

CONTACT:
Please email them at: Kingstingraymusic@gmail.com AND fiftyriffs@gmail.com

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Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

22 Aug 2021

Triple J
45

A band who don't put a foot wrong and the one they've proffered here is ready to dance. It makes me genuinely happy that this band is so mightily of the rise. These are records that sound like noone else.

A band who don't put a foot wrong and the one they've proffered here is ready to dance. It makes me genuinely happy that this band is so mightily of the rise. These are records that sound like noone else.

Review

Review by Tyrone Pynor Tyrone Pynor

22 Aug 2021

Triple J
50

Dust off the disco boots because once again King Stingray is showing us how it's done!! This new surf rock, disco-esque wave you got going on has me shakin' a leg over here and let it be known I'm riding this wave with you. I'll also never get sick of hearing the Yidaki so effortlessly weaved through your songs. Kings indeed.

Dust off the disco boots because once again King Stingray is showing us how it's done!! This new surf rock, disco-esque wave you got going on has me shakin' a leg over here and let it be known I'm riding this wave with you. I'll also never get sick of hearing the Yidaki so effortlessly weaved through your songs. Kings indeed.

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Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

19 Aug 2021

Triple J
50

King Stingray leave you on on a surfy disco groovy high on this new one. It's irresistibly catchy in energy and they really are unstoppable.

King Stingray leave you on on a surfy disco groovy high on this new one. It's irresistibly catchy in energy and they really are unstoppable.