Melbourne four-piece Kingswood kick off 2020 with the announcement of their long awaited third studio album Juveniles and the latest single, the intoxicating ‘Bittersweet’.
The journey towards the release of Juveniles has been one paved creative reinvention. Throughout the album, fans can piece together definitive elements of music that has formed Kingswood’s dynamic musical identity over the course of six years of relentless touring and recording. ‘Bittersweet’ shines as a tight example of the band’s love for guitar-driven rock music; some may say it aligns itself strongly with the music of Microscopic Wars, however looking more broadly at Kingswood’s body of work, the progressions and stylistic arrangement of the band’s latest represents their genre-diverse tapestry of individual music tastes.
Melodically rich and delivered with the punch 2017’s After Hours, Close To Dawn became synonymous with, ‘Bittersweet’ is Kingswood at their unfiltered best. It’s a temperament that Kingswood applied to Juveniles as a whole. Embracing creative chaos has led the band to make music that has refused to be pigeonholed over the last handful over years, and it’s the way they like it. “‘Bittersweet’ was originally inspired by the love story of one of our dearest friends. Without going into detail, a medical issue put a question mark over their future, but without blinking they forged on together, overcome with love and companionship. The opening line, “There’s no love on this earth that isn’t bittersweet”, is a truth that we should all remember as we paddle through the waves.” Fergus Linacre
A truly global record, Kingswood’s new music came to fruition across multiple writing and recording sessions across the US, UK and Europe. Through it all, the dynamic between chief songwriters Alex Laska and Fergus Linacre strengthened and diversified in personal – as well as combined – style and delivery. Working with frequent collaborator and producer Eddie Spear in their second home of Nashville, the record was an emotional one to solidify. “The album we’re finally presenting was an incredibly long and winding investigation through many different facets and avenues; almost a rediscovery, if you will, of who we are and what we find inspiring.” Alex Laska