Kinsky @ The Hi-Fi Sydney, Feb 7 2014
One pulse, One love
As Easy Now glided through the speakers, the Hi-Fi’s Friday night hungry souls briskly awakened. Hypnotised bodies swayed closer towards the stage, as Kinsky’s euphonious sounds beckoned them forward with Plague 1. By song three, Likkle Stevie everyone was bopping in unison, propelled by the pulsating bass - one pulse like one love. Every now and then the sound of a loyal fan happily singing along, laughing and dancing with a newly made friend transported you to a family reunion - but one where everyone gets along and likes the same band. The harmonies that dripped like honey from Ernie Garland (lead singer) and the female vocalists melted your heart each and every time; bleeding your soul even more when echoed by the lush horn section. The keys solos added an electronic texture, bringing a unique and quirky addition to the giant wall of sound, contrasting nicely with the more organic sounding bass solos. Erb Come From Dirt pounded the dust out of the Hi-Fi floor, getting everyone out of their seats, and ready to hear new tracks Belly Full, Uptown Top Rankin, and Political Gangsta. Delivering Kinsky’s trademark sounds, and also featuring solo female vocals - these tracks received great support from excited fans. As Kinsky continued with favourites, The Feelin’ and Kinski, the high level of musicianship created a ‘wow’ factor for any musician who understands the difficulty of keeping 9 individuals in perfect time; the tightness of the operation was mind-blowing! This is one outfit that has clearly put in the hard yards! An impressive production by Sydney’s reggae leaders came to a familiar and energetic finale, with radio favourite Stalker 1 - leaving the stage red hot for America/Jamaica’s GROUNDATION.