Radiohead, David Byrne, Joe Hisaishi
Paul Kingston - Vocals, Keys, Guitar, Arthur Kingston - Bass, Caleb Kingston - Drums, Vocals, Jack Martin - Guitar, Keys, Vocals
Radiohead, J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla
It’s hard to describe the Le Kingste sound. Ask any of the brothers to make you a mixed tape and you’ll be assaulted by all the greats; from Liszt to YMO, Bowie to Pivot. Their influences run wide and diverse and about the closest anyone has come to describing them is ‘Dark Pop’. You’re best off listening and deciding for yourself. Le Kingste are one of Australia’s most compelling young bands. Their music is like no other and their live show is something to behold. Please, do try them.
Le Kingste is a band originally made up of three brothers. They create a moody, compelling, vaguely mathematical brand of pop-rock .Their crowning achievement, is having their signature tune "Two Pills" used as the soundtrack to a HSC dance performance.
Describe your sound:
Not an easy thing to do, by any stretch of the imagination. Put simply, we call it 'Dark Pop', although we try not to be too consistent with any one sound. To be honest, we take it as a compliment when people have trouble trying to put us in a box. We've had just about enough of the Muse references though- they're a tight band, but they didn't invent classical music...
Tell us about your live gigs - word is they go off.
Playing live is hard work and it's not always fun. Having said that, playing to an audience is everything. If the crowd is into it, it makes all the difference. That, and a decent sound guy. And hard drugs.
There are three brothers in the band.. how long have you been collaborating?
Paul writes and arranges just about everything, so there isn't much collaboration. A lot of musicians would have a problem with this, but Paul is a control freak and his brothers understand that. Arthur and Caleb leave their signature in the way they play, perform, and elaborate on what's written for them. As a band, us brothers have been playing together for about two years.
What have you got planned for the future?
The EP hasn't been out that long and we want to give people a chance to hear it, both live and recorded. That said, we are starting working on our first album. Pre-production is in August/September so hopefully it will be out early next year, to critical acclaim we're sure (or at least hopeful. In fact any kind of acclaim would be nice.)
Australian music is?
Doing well at the moment. However there is always room for improvement... (patriotism aside.)View Profile Hide Interview