Artist info


Roots, Hip Hop

Sounds like

Michael Franti

band members

The Lyrical: Vocals, guitar, percussion. Glenn Smith: Percussion


Ben Harper, Michael Franti


“The Lyrical raises the roof of all and any venue he plays, truly inspirational.” - MX Magazine Winner “People’s Choice Award,” Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010, 2011. Winning the Byron Bay Bluesfest "People's Choice Award" in 2010 and 2011”, The Lyrical has become the rising star of the music scene in Brisbane. The Sunshine State capital has always been Australia's hotbed for new talent in a variety of genres and the acoustic-hip-hop/reggae scene is now no exception to that tradition. Following in the footsteps of Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Michael Franti and Xavier Rudd, The Lyrical reflects the ingenuity and musical aptitude it takes to be a great artist. The "Unique blend of beatboxing meshed with folk guitar and socially conscious lyrics ( - City News)" is fast becoming the hottest ticket in town. The Lyrical has toured Australia, released a hugely popular EP “If I Was Earth” (which had to be reprinted THREE TIMES due to demand). He has shared the stage and played with the likes of Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Innocent Criminals, rocked festivals such as Bluesfest, Red Deer Festival and Festival Of The Sun AND hit No.1 on Triple J’s Unearthed. The Lyrical cut his teeth on the streets busking three nights a week and quickly became a well known music champion to the thousands who stopped to dance and play along over the years. "I love busking," tells Karl, "it's the BEST way to talk to everyday people with your music, and when you busk... you hear the REAL truth about it... if people don't like it... they tell you! If they think you're inspiring... they tell you that too - it's great!" This translates into a wonderful stage presence and a one of a kind gig and the audience’s appreciation is clear! The love affair with the colours with red, yellow and green, come from the fact that Karl was born in Port Villa, Vanuatu. They are the colours of the national flag. He then moved to the Solomon Islands as a child. Whilst growing up in Honiara he began playing and creating music with his neighbour Tommy (a.k.a. Solomon from Flow Etiquette). They developed their passion for music together, sitting near the radio whilst copying the music with their mouths because they had no instruments. "If we weren't doing that, we were drumming on cardboard boxes with chopsticks or blowing through a plastic pipe," Karl says of his childhood with a reminiscent laugh." I didn't actually even learn guitar till my older brother gave me one around 10 years ago [...] still to this day I cannot read a note of music." The Lyrical is currently recording his debut album for release in October/November 2012. The EP is currently on sale through his website ( and iTunes Some achievements to date are: “Peoples Choice Award,” Byron Bay Bluesfest, 2011 No.1 Triple J’s Unearthed April, 2010 “People Choice Award,” Byron Bay Bluesfest, 2010 3rd Place, “Australian Busker of the Year,” 2009 1st Place,“Queensland Buskers of the Year,” 2008 For more information go to Bookings contact Facebook Myspace Youtube Sonic Bids and EPK Reverb Nation #Press quotes#------------------------------------------------- "I'm blown away by the song writing... I've heard so many original compositions, being a writer, but that was amazing! " - Anna-Maria La Spina "When it comes to his writing, well... he's not called The Lyrical for nothing" - Scene Magazine "Unique blend of beatboxing meshed with folk guitar and socially conscious lyrics" - City News "... Amazing... you ARE rock stars! " - Mike Goldman "Best busker in Town!" - RAVE Magazine "QLD Busker of the year 2008" - Valley Markets Busking Comp. Description Website: Twitter: Contact: TripleJ Unearthed: iTunes:



21 Jun 2013


These need to be...

These need to be heard! I heard them for the first time on their trip to Manly and is honestly one of the best bands I've ever seen live, so good that I dragged more people along to the second show, brought the album and can't stop listening to it :-) Awesome!!! The album should be a feature.

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