WHENEVER Kingswood come to the Border, they take a dip in the Murray River.
Frontman Fergus Linacre didn’t say whether the band was still game to brave the water in the middle of July, but maybe if you pop down to Noreuil Park on Sunday morning you’ll find them there.
Regardless, Albury has become a favourite stop for the Melbourne three-piece.
“We always love coming back, the punters are always there at the shows,” Linacre said.
“Bob, who runs the venue (SS&A) always puts on a good spread.”
The three-piece are touring after the release of their sophomore EP, After Hours, Close to Dawn.
While singles ‘Creepin’ and ‘Golden’ have enjoyed solid airtime, Linacre said he was pleased with how the album had been received as a whole.
“When we were making the album we were engrossed in every song,” he said.
“We never wanted to limit it to any sort of mold we might have had previously.
“Towards the end of recording we knew it was going to be a very different album, but we weren’t worried about that – if anything, it spurred us on.”
While the sound on After Hours, Close to Dawn is certainly different to their 2014 debut Microscopic Wars, Linacre said it wasn’t necessarily a departure from what the band has always done.
“A lot of people have this idea that we’re a heavier rock band,” he said.
“I think it’s a misconception that our first album isn’t diverse.
“The singles were heavy, but we’ve always used a lot of different sounds, a lot of piano and banjo on album tracks.
“The crowd response to this album has been better than anything we’ve had before.
“You can’t know what people are going to think of something until you play it for them.
“On our last tour people were singing along to all the album tracks, which was amazing.”
Returning to more of a heavy blues and jazz sound has meant the stage has become a little more crowded, but Linacre says that has simply added to the fun of being a long tour.
“We’re loving having everyone around on stage,” he said.
“You wouldn’t even need a crowd sometimes, we’re all just enjoying it so much at the moment.
“We’ve been pretty lucky, doing this has never felt like work for us.
“You might have an off day here and there, but I can’t remember a time where we’ve been as connected and happy as a group – we’re a little family.”