Kingswood - Change Of Heart

Kingswood - Change Of Heart

In the era of clean-cut indie darlings and flowery musical arrangements, it’s not uncommon for music-lovers to yearn for some good old fashioned meat ‘n potatoes rock’n’roll. Thankfully, that’s exactly what Kingswood have brought to the table with Change Of Heart.

With soaring riffs, classic singalong rock choruses, and Alex Laska’s dynamic vocals – which are at times akin to Axl Rose, or Kings Of Leon’s Caleb Followill - it’s hard to find anything about Kingswood that doesn’t work. Of course, had they actually come about in the Guns N Roses era, they would likely sound the same as every other band. But in 2012, they are entirely distinct from their Melbourne rock-counterparts, and that’s surely something to celebrate.

After a rollicking ride through 'Change Of Heart', 'Medusa', and 'Yeah Go Die', there is a welcome shift in tempo on 'Sun', before a bizarre Spanish-tinged acoustic rendition of 'Yeah Go Die'. Considering the actual version appears only two tracks earlier, it’s an ending that the album probably could have done without.

Regardless, it’s easy to see why these guys have been getting picked up for a multitude of festival and support slots of late, taking every opportunity to show off their no-holds-barred live show and manly good looks. They’re not breaking ground, by any means, but Kingswood look set for a promising future on the national scene at least.
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