Have Yourself A Kingswood Christmas!
Clearly Kingswood have followed a different plan to the rest of us this year. Instead of melting into their sofas and binging every Netflix series known to man they’ve been madly writing, recording and releasing new music.
A few short months ago we brought you news of their Reveries album, having already wrapped our ears around Juveniles a few months before that. Now, in a year full of nasty surprises, we’ve finally had a nice surprise come our way. We’re very excited to wish you a very Merry Christmas from Kingswood. Yep, you read that correctly. Kingswood have released their very own Christmas album! A Kingswood Christmas is out now with all proceeds generously being donated to Beyond Blue.
The Creative Issue: A Christmas album probably isn’t the first thing your fans would expect to see you release. What prompted the decision to make the album?
Fergus Linacre: We have always loved Christmas music, we play the old Sinatra, Crosby, Fitzgerald records on tour a lot. We often joked about making our own homage, and when our tours were cancelled we thought why not make the most of our time.
TCI: How different was it recording an album full of other people’s songs, well known Christmas songs no less, than it is recording a typical Kingswood album?
FL: It was certainly a different experience, I hadn’t thought of it till now but of course there was none of the in-studio writing that I love so much, but we did have to work out how we wanted to record each song, it was more fun than anything. We sipped bourbon in suits and slipped into a different era, it was a joy.
TCI: Of course it wasn’t Christmas time when you actually recorded this album. Did it feel a bit weird having Christmas songs stuck in your head at the wrong time of year? Or have you been in the Christmas spirit the whole time since…haha?
FL: We listen all year round haha, they are truly great songs so it was a pleasure to immerse ourselves in them, we even discovered some new favourites, ‘Mistletoe and Holly’ for example was one that supposed us.
TCI: What’s your favourite thing about the festive season?
FL: Being able to spend quality time with family and friends. I look forward to it every year, I come from a very musical family and we all love sitting around a fire outside playing songs and having a laugh.
TCI: Do you guys get each other Christmas gifts? Who’s the hardest to buy for?
FL: Each year we have a little do and usually I be Santa and we give all the Kingswood members and crew some presents but it’s usually something stupid like socks, maybe wine, nothing enviable.
TCI: What is the best present you’ve ever received?
FL: I lost my childhood baseball cap on tour in Europe, I was truly sad about it, my girlfriend went to my old baseball club and had the owner dig through old boxes to find the same one, they stopped making them long ago, but he found one for me. Made me tear up a little to be honest.
TCI: What is the worst present you’ve ever received?
FL: My brother stitched me up and gifted me a stack of VHS vintage pornography. I opened it in front of the entire family. It was a good prank.
TCI: Have you ever secretly re-gifted something?
FL: Some VHS Vintage pornography.
TCI: A Kingswood Christmas is a great album and you are generously donating all proceeds to Beyond Blue, which is a fantastic way to spread love and joy this Christmas, especially after what has been a difficult year for so many. Did you always have it in mind that you would use this album to raise funds for a good cause?
FL: We did, but deciding who we would align with was a decision we didn’t make lightly. It’s been a tough year for many and Christmas especially can be a difficult time. Mental health is an issue the band is familiar with and we know that Beyond Blue do a tremendous job helping those in need.
TCI: How will you be spending the holidays this year?
FL: Drinking and eating too much, with family in Melbourne and up to Queensland for a bit too. Listening to A Kingswood Christmas of course.