Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock, Roots


Sounds like

Fat Freddy's Drop , Red Hot Chili Peppers, Katchafire


band members

Luke - Sax / Vocals Will - Guitar Loughlin - Guitar Pablo - Bass Vicente - Drums / Vocals


Influences

Kooii, Jordan Rakei, Bobby Alu, Kerbside Collection, The Skints


Unearthed artists we like

The Seefelds, Big Dinner


Bio

Kurilpa Reach are a contemporary roots 5-piece based in Brisbane’s inner-south suburb of West End. Traditionally a melting pot of ethnic communities, traditional owners and artists, West End has carved out a distinct identity and attitude that sets it apart from other surrounding areas. Kurilpa Reach can be seen as a reflection of this identity, with members from indigenous and migrant backgrounds. Kurilpa is the traditional name for the South Brisbane/West End peninsula, meaning ‘place of the water rat’, with Reach referring to the Brisbane River that surrounds the area on three sides.

When approaching music, Kurilpa Reach have utilised their own interpretation of West End’s melting pot attitude, following in the footsteps of other genre-blending groups such as KOOII, Kingfisha and Laneous. Based on a strong rhythmic foundation of dub and reggae, Kurilpa Reach blend in blues, neo-soul and rock resulting in an eclectic sound difficult to pigeon-hole into a single sound or genre. Despite this musical ambiguity, Kurilpa Reach have forged their own path in the Brisbane music scene, known for their pulsating grooves and high-energy live sets.

Since their initial formation in early 2017, Kurilpa Reach have solidified themselves not only in Brisbane but also throughout Australia’s music scene. 2018 saw the release of their Debut EP Fools Fall, and a number 4 spot on the Triple J Unearthed Charts with single Intermittent Healing.
In 2019 Kurilpa Reach undertook two tours of East Coast, Australia celebrating the release of their two singles Best End & Mystery Girl. Mystery Girl featured a run of 9 shows beginning at Nimbin Roots Festival, with appearances at OffBeat Festival, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Hidden Lanes, Peregian Originals, ending with a Tijuana Cartel support at The Triffid. Both songs received regular 4zzz airplay, with Mystery Girl also receiving Triple J airplay.
Kurilpa Reach ended 2019 and began 2020 with a 6-show run at Woodford Folk Festival, bolstering their reputation as a live group to watch. Following packed shows in Byron Bay and Mountain Goat Valley Crawl bolstered this reputation, before Covid-19 unfortunately interrupted their building traction. The second half of 2020 hopefully looks more positive, Kurilpa Reach have used lockdown time to finalise new single PIT, while also adding the final touches to their sophomore EP, Can’t Put us Out Easy, recorded at Yama-Nui studios on the Sunshine Coast.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

23 Oct 2020

Triple J
35

it's got an energy that's gonna get you up on the second day of the festival and remind you that you'll be fine and there's another big day ahead.

it's got an energy that's gonna get you up on the second day of the festival and remind you that you'll be fine and there's another big day ahead.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

08 Jul 2020

Triple J
40

you've managed to pack so much into 3.5 minutes. there's chilling by the fire moments then there's times when you feel totally fuelled by the fire.

you've managed to pack so much into 3.5 minutes. there's chilling by the fire moments then there's times when you feel totally fuelled by the fire.