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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Everyones favourite rockers have pulled the unexpected and announced they’re ending a massive year with a new album full of Christmas classics, dubbed A Kingswood Christmas!

Covering holiday favourites from Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole, the band are paying tribute to the music that has soundtracked the festive season for decades. Across 12 tracks, the band will bring the Christmas spirit, putting their own twist on classic songs such as O Holy Night, I’ll Be Home For Christmas and Silent Night.

Speaking of the release, the band shared: “With a deep love of the many and varied Jazz-eras and the show-tune stylings of big bands that shaped American and furthermore, western global musical trends for some decades, our fascinations with the classic inspired interpretations on Christmas standards have long been celebrated throughout the years of Kingswood.”

Kingswood have been toying with the idea of a Christmas album for some time, finally deciding to take over the holiday season and release a record that is sure to become a Christmas staple that embodiesfun, warming and hopeful of the festive season. Recorded at Newmarket Studios with Guus Hoevenaars, the band enlisted the help of Irena Laska (Flute), Richard Butler (Tenor Saxophone), Steve Hornby (Double Bass) Jack Davies (Double Bass) to sprinkle more Christmas cheer across the tracks.

Profits from the sales of the record will go directly to Beyond Blue, an organisation that holds special significance for the band. The band are using the release as an opportunity to provide help and support to others who are less fortunate, something needed more than ever throughout the Christmas season, especially after a tumultuous year. The band have paired up with Beyond Blue to raise funds for their Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service.

“Mental health is an issue that we have always been passionate about, and we have had the honour to work with many great organisations throughout our career. Many Australians are approaching an unprecedented period of difficulty, with the ongoing hardships the pandemic has caused, running into Christmas. The experts at Beyond Blue recognise that sometimes holidays can also bring stress, anxiety and depression, particularly among those dealing with loneliness, relationship difficulties or financial worries. Beyond Blue provides vital support for all Australians and together, we want to remind everyone that if you’re in strife and you need support for your mental health, reach out and ask.” KINGSWOOD said.

After delivering their career-defining, critically acclaimed album earlier this year, KINGSWOOD have treated fans with a new side of their record Juvenile, releasing a re-imaged version of the 12 track album last month. Taking the music of the record and creating a more intimate and nuanced soundscape, the band have recreated the tracks with inflections of Americana-flecked, blues charm. The companion piece, titled Reveries, came together across four days spent hunkered down at North Melbourne’s Newmarket Studios.

A Kingswood Christmas is due out November 27.


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