Three-time Triple J Unearthed chart toppers, King Social will bring their highly acclaimed ‘Big Man’ Tour to Newcastle, ready to shake the stage at The Small Ballroom on November 14.
In an industry where it can be hard to get noticed, let alone get airplay unless you fit into a defined category, the lads have stepped into the light by breaking with tradition. The five-piece outfit has been gaining traction fast, with a sound that transcends genre seeing them named as finalists in four categories at the 2015 Queensland Music Awards and earning them regular airplay across independent radio stations varying from country to indie.
Formed only two years ago in 2013, Angus Milne (lead vocal), Stevie Mitchell (hip hop artist), Jason Baillie (lead guitar), Constantine Hagiaglou (drums), and Waqa Vananalagi (bass) are the great mates at the heart of King Social. Together they create a sound that is best described as “city meets country”.
Performing on stage with stunning energy and passion, King Social has amassed a cult following in its home stomping ground of Queensland. Their live shows have been described as “electrifying” and “completely addictive”. From the first song they win you over with a unique mix of eclectic urban rock and hip hop, while still paying homage to their country roots.
King Social’s first EP “It Goes Around” was released in 2013; with the title track “Whiskey and my Gun” both topping the JJJ Unearthed charts. Since then the band has continued to build on its incredible momentum.
Their follow-up EP ‘Big Man’, was released in December 2014 and includes five tracks of pure heart and soul. Drummer, Costa Hagiaglou commented “This music is our creation and we are stoked to be able to share that with the people.”
Lead vocalist Angus Milne said the last ‘Big Man’ Tour was bigger than anything they’d expected. Earning them not only return invites but new interest in the eclectic outfit and cult following. All of which has lead to announcing their biggest tour to date.
When asked about tour, Resident hip-hop artist Stevie Mitchell said the mix of metro shows in Brisbane and Sydney with country shows in places like Roma, Blackall and Innisfail is a perfect reflection of the band’s mixed influences.
“Our sounds is a very eclectic blend of urban rock, hip hop and country – so jumping around between cities and countries on the tour suits us to a tee. It’s a pretty exciting thing to be spending so much time on the road and headlining every show but one, especially considering we were practically paying people to let us play for them a few years back,” Mitchell said.
2015 is shaping up to be a game changer for King Social and the boys are ready to take their show to the big smoke. The magic of the “Big Man” tour will take to the road this month with dates stretching through to the end of the end of the year.
The tour will also paving the way for the release of two new tracks from King Social before Christmas with the first, titled Hypocrite, out in November.
“Hypocrite is a bit of a personal one for me but I also feel like it’s our best production yet,” said Mitchell
“It’s a bit darker than our stuff so far, but we’ve come together as a band and the lyrics really mean something.”
What: King Social
Where: The Small Ballroom
When: Saturday 14 November
More info: kingdomsounds.oztix.com.au