Alex Laska and Fergus Linacre of Melbourne's Kingswood recently stopped by the Rolling Stone office to perform a stripped-back version of "Golden", a track lifted from their latest LP, After Hours, Close To Dawn.
Taking the punchy-pop of the original down a few notches, Laska's vocals shift towards a more haunting, reflective tone, exposing the song's more sombre undercurrent.
After Hours, Close To Dawn, which debuted at #10 on the ARIA album charts last week, showcases a drastic shift in the group's sound. So much so that "the record label thought we were playing a joke on them", Laska said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. "They thought we needed to change our name. Then they said I needed to go over the record with a heavy, distorted guitar. We were just like, 'Nuh'."
The band, and their new sound, hit the road later this month in support of the new record.
After Hours, Close To Dawn Tour
Thursday, March 23rd: Sookie Lounge, Belgrave
Friday, March 24th: 170 Russell, Melbourne
Saturday, March 25th: The Gov, Adelaide
Sunday, March 26th: 170 Russell, Melbourne
Wednesday, March 29th: The Cambridge, Newcastle
Thursday, March 30th: Wollongong Uni, Wollongong
Friday, March 31st: The Metro, Sydney
Saturday, April 1st: ANU Bar, Canberra
Thursday, April 6th: Miami Marketta, Gold Coast
Friday, April 7th: The Triffid, Brisbane
Saturday, April 8th: The Triffid, Brisbane
Sunday, April 16th: The Torquay Hotel, Torquay
Friday, April 21st: Discovery, Darwin
Thursday, April 27th: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Friday, April 28th: Prince of Wales, Bunbury
Saturday, April 29th: The Capitol, Perth