Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 | Hollywood, California 

Interview by Danny Coleman 

“We recorded our album in Nashville; we spent three months there and a month in New York City,”says lead guitarist Alex Laska of Australian rock band Kingswood. The boys from Melbourne are making a triumphant return to the States with a show at L.A.’s Hotel Café on April 15.

Touring in support of their latest disc Microscopic Wars, the band has plans for relocating to the west coast of the U.S. as things are progressing quite nicely and interest in the group is growing rapidly. “Yeah, things are looking to be that way,” states Laska. “There is interest from our British management company in booking us in the U.S. and as a band we have often discussed becoming what we call an “International band” and I think we’re doing that.”

Formed in Melbourne “Circa 2012” by Laska and lead singer Fergus Linacre, followed by kingswood_microscopicwarsdrummer Justin Debrincat and bassist Jeremy “Mango” Hunter; the band has made huge strides in a relatively short time frame. “The lead singer and I met and were in a band together in private school,” explained Laska. “Our drummer went to high school with us and we’d always thought we’d start a band. You know, as things have it we kind of went in different directions and then we somehow got back in touch with each other and we said, “Hey, want to start a band?” They all said, “Yeah,” and we got together; it was the right thing at the right time. I guess you can call it serendipitous, but it feels like we’ve been together forever because we’ve known each other so long and it’s only been three and a half years (laughs).”

Success came fast and furious to these hard rockers who describe themselves as a combo of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Queens of the Stone Age and Kings Of Leon as they’ve opened for Grinspoon, Aerosmith and completed their aforementioned CD. “Well, we are obviously happy with the way things are going and our music, our sound is interesting,” he said. “We have the dynamics of Led Zeppelin, the harmonies of The Beatles, the thought process of Kings Of Leon and the not give a shit attitude of Queens of the Stone Age. I remember when we opened for Aerosmith, we had been playing covers like “Sweet home Alabama” by Skynyrd and “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith; so we were familiar with classic rock music. When we opened for them, I remember Steven Tyler being so cool. He came into our dressing room before the gig dressed in a leopard suit and pulled out his iPad and said, “Hey, do you guys want to see my pics.?” There we were, in the dressing room with Steven Tyler looking at his iPad and pictures, so yeah; dreams can come true.”

Microscopic Wars, released in August of 2014, is a thirteen song compilation which is well thought out from its material to the title and is soon to spawn two singles; “Ohio” and “She’s My Baby.” Laska elaborated on the title and the releases, “You can say that the title is somewhat philosophical,” he began; once again with a chuckle. “On the grand scale of things; our Earth is really microscopic. Think about that; the universe is so vast and we’re but one planet. It’s also reflective of what is going on in the world today; we tried to put things in perspective. Releasing these two songs now, as singles; we’re hoping to introduce the band and get our record out there more.”

They will be getting it out there on Wednesday at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles, located at 1623 Cahuenga Blvd., in Hollywood right down from Hollywood Blvd.  The doors open at 8:45 p.m. and show time is 9 p.m.; tickets are $10 for this 21 and older event and can be purchased at www.hotelcafe.com. According to Laska, anyone attending should buckle up and get ready for one hell of a ride when Kingswood hits the stage. “You can expect the best rock ‘n’ roll show that you’ve ever seen,” he emphatically stated. “When we rehearse, we get out a metronome and find parts that need work and go over them over and over and over again and increase the speeds; going faster and faster. Then we turn down, turn off the metronome and see what we’ve got; for us it’s all about efficiency. This way we find the stuff that’s wrong and quickly make it good so that we can bring our fans the best possible show. We are an interesting example of what not always a rock ‘n’ roll band should be; so we do what is characteristically us and do what we do and we hope that the people like it.”

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