ALBUM REVIEW: Kingdom Come (FLASKAS)
ALBUM: Kingdom Come ARTIST: Flaskas
Sunny Coast alt roots wunderkids Flaskas have come in leaps and bounds since appearing onstage for the first time supporting the legendary Ash Grunwald on New Year's Eve in 2016. From day one this infectious lot have simultaneously owned and evolved their trademark sound dubbed as 'Earth Rock', blending alternative with coastal roots, as well as funk, folk, blues and Indigenous music - a mix perfectly showcased on their recently released debut album 'Kingdom Come'.
Opening with the blazing jam 'Slipper', 'Kingdom Come' travels across eight tracks of revolving moods and expansive grooves, injecting Indigenous instrumentation ('Slipper', 'Journey Home'), reggae bliss ('Afterglow') and a whole cluster of funked-up blues ('Free Time', 'I See You') to ignite the senses and incite your dancing shoes.
Dabbling in some primo production, the Flaskas lads find solid ground with an engaging combo of self-possessed soul and rip-roaring exuberance. And while 'Kingdom Come' ultimately coats itself in a carefree cocoon, beyond the compelling shifts and smooth tones is a vastly insightful expedition into self realisation, hope and the beauty of nature that stays with you long after the stomping bliss of closing track 'Journey Home' has subsided.
The truly astonishing reality of such a polished and realised debut bodes well for the Flaskas lads, and 'Kingdom Come' is definitely something that is sincerely begging to be heard live. Fortunately, Flaskas are touring extensively for the remainder of the year, so be sure to head along if they roll past your town!
'Kingdom Come' is out in the world now in all the usual places, for all Flaskas info and more, head to: www.flaskas.com
FLASKAS 'KINGDOM COME' UPCOMING TOUR DATES
October 11th - Oxford arts factory, Sydney, NSW Tickets available at door | 18+ only
October 12th - Station bar, Katoomba NSW Free Entry | 18+ only
October 21st - The Shared, Yandina, QLD Tickets available at door | 18+ only
November 8th - Whole Lotta Love Bar, Melbourne, VIC Tickets available at door | 18+ only
November 9th - The Shamrock, Echuca VIC Free Entry | 18+ only
Dec 1st - Beer wine and cider fest, Sunshine Coast, QLD Tickets available at door | 18+ only
BY TIANA SPETER