Brisbane reggae stalwarts Kingfisha are back with their second album Offered It Up, having kept us waiting a long time since their 2012 self-titled debut record put them squarely on the map.
After such a long interval that’s seen the band touring internationally, it’s good to have them back – and the band are glad to have the album out after a lengthy recording process.
“We tried some different approaches from our first album,” the band say of the new record. “We worked with some new people and the production feels a step up. It wasn’t the easiest of processes, but to hear it as one piece of work, we’re all really happy with how it’s come together.” For a few more tidbits, they’ve also given us their thoughts on each of the tracks, below.
You can listen to Offered It Up below, and catch it live as Kingfisha head out on tour at the end of the month, dates below. The album is available now on ABC Music.
This is one of our few political tunes. It started out as a really slow one drop, then we changed the beat added horns and revamped it heaps in the rehearsal room
The descending vocal melody had been an ear worm for a few months and wasn’t really going anywhere until I was on a flight to Hobart with an old acquaintance and the lyrics and theme became quite apparent. Upon returning to Brisbane we spent a few hours in the studio and ‘Dirty Man’ was complete.
Incorporating both our strong loves, electronic and roots music. Left it was originally conceived at a sunny afternoon bbq. Lyrically the song is about one of those rare relationships that ends amicably.
The verse melody came from our sound guy yawning. From there their was no turning back.
Offered it up
This track is heavily inspired by one of our favourite and widely unknown reggae bands Midnite. It’s one of the slower jams in our repertoire.
This song took along time to get right in the studio. Feels like we got there in the end. It’s our take on UK Steppers.
In a memory
The melodies and chords came to life the morning after an amazing night we all shared in Reunion Island drinking rum and watching Manu Chao. The lyrics and the rest of the song was finished in a farmhouse in southern France.
Too many words
Was built from the rhythm up. We spent a weekend in the northern rivers swimming, eating and playing music. This rhythm really seemed to stick. It was the last tune completed for the album.
This is one of our favourite live tunes. It’s all revolved around the bass line.
The only song on the album that was completed start to finish in the studio. Was a blast having a completely different approach.
Kingfisha Tour Dates
30 Sept – The Jack , Cairns QLD
1 Oct – Wallaby Creek Festival QLD
7 Oct – Torquay Hotel, VIC
8 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
15 Oct – Newtown Social Club, NSW
21 Oct – Transit Bar – Canberra ACT
22 Oct – Dragon Dreaming Festival, ACT
23 Oct – Swagger Festival, VIC
5 Nov – Imperial Hotel, Sunshine Coast QLD
11 Nov – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba QLD
12 Nov – The Shark Bar, Gold Coast QLD
18 Nov – Settlers Inn, Margaret River WA
19 Nov – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
20 Nov – Mojos, Fremantle WA
3 Dec – The Triffid, Brisbane QLD
4 Dec – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads NSW