Artist info

Genre

Hip Hop, Roots


band members

The Lyrical: Vocals, guitar, percussion. Tuan Nguyen: Percussion. Clint James Dove: Lead Guitar. Glenn Smith: Percussion.


Website

www.thelyrical.com

Bio

"With an infectious blend of roots, reggae and hip hop in tow, The Lyrical commands a strong stage presence as he spits his politically charged and socially conscious expressions" - themusic.com.au

Since topping the charts on Triple J’s Unearthed for the seventh time, The Lyrical has become THE rising star of the music scene on the Sunshine Coast. The Queensland North Coast has always been Australia's hotbed for new talent in a variety of genres and the hip hop-reggae scene is 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 beat-boxing meshed with folk guitar and socially conscious lyrics is fast becoming the hottest ticket in town,” (City News).

The Lyrical has toured Australia and internationally and released a hugely popular self-titled album, “The Lyrical,” to critical acclaim. He has shared the stage and played with the likes of Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, Angus Stone, Jack Johnson, Michael Franti and Blue King Brown. Has rocked festivals such as; BIG DAY OUT, Bluesfest, Caloundra Music Festival, Red Deer Festival, Sprung festival, Party in The Paddock, Island Vibes Festival, Grotto Fest, Festival Of The Sun plus many, many more. The Lyrical has also had mega radio and online success hitting No.1 SEVEN TIMES on Triple J’s Unearthed and gained a No.5 spot for Sweden’s “Top 50 Most Streamed Songs” for the year of 2015, beating the likes of Prince and One Direction.

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, 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 Vanuatu and they are the colours of the national flag. He then moved to the Solomon Islands as a child and 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."

Some achievements to date are:

Triple J Unearthed - 2x No.1 - 2016

Spotify - Sweden 2015 Overall Chart - No.5

Triple J Unearthed - 5x No.1 – 2013/14

Bookings – bookings@thelyrical.com
Management – Evan Shaw - evan@evanshawmanagement.com
PR – Nick Price - nick@majorminor.com.au
Youtube - www.youtube.com/TheLyrical

Review

Review by Bridget Hustwaite Bridget Hustwaite

23 May 2017

Triple J
30

Can't say it much better than Nkechi. Personally, it's not my favoured genre/style but I can certainly appreciate how genuine and reflective this piece is and I totally commend you for sticking to your guns. That's what it's all about!

Can't say it much better than Nkechi. Personally, it's not my favoured genre/style but I can certainly appreciate how genuine and reflective this piece is and I totally commend you for sticking to your guns. That's what it's all about!

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

17 May 2017

Triple J
40

You have a strong way of expressing your peace-minded / socially conscious words. It's really refreshing.

You have a strong way of expressing your peace-minded / socially conscious words. It's really refreshing.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

15 May 2017

Triple J
40

Reminiscent of old school John Butler Trio with the awareness of Black Eye'd Peas "Where Is The Love?". Teach Me - beautifully embodies all the confusion you feel about the world and finding your place in the chaos. If you want to feel a little WOKE
through music, start here.

Reminiscent of old school John Butler Trio with the awareness of Black Eye'd Peas "Where Is The Love?". Teach Me - beautifully embodies all the confusion you feel about the world and finding your place in the chaos. If you want to feel a little WOKE
through music, start here.