The Lyrical will perform in Gladstone next weekend at two Reggae Roots and Blues events.
The Lyrical will perform in Gladstone next weekend at two Reggae Roots and Blues events. Contributed

Island style muso to bring alternative sound to Gladstone

THE Lyrical isn't the type of band to follow current pop trends.

With influences ranging from Disney films to Ben Harper, they have a unique sound, that doesn't quite fit in a particular genre.

But, that's what makes their performances and sound so exciting.

Frontman Karl Smith said the sound ranged somewhere between reggae, hip hop, pop, soulful and country.

The Lyrical will bring songs from their new album and some clever covers to Gladstone next month at a Reggae, Roots and Blues show at the Grand Hotel and the Tannum Sands Hotel.

Their next album, due later this year, Smith says is their best and most exciting yet.

Usually recording at Smith's Brisbane home, this time around they were under the wing of producer Govinda Doyle.

Doyle records and edits music in his studio, which is a huge old water tank.

"It's pretty amazing and has a really unique sound, really it just sounds epic," he told Pulse this week.

Smith originally was a hip hop artist living in the Solomon Islands.

Reggae influences slowly changed his way of writing music.

"I got to the point where I wanted to write hip hop because I could fit more words in a song and I could tell the story I wanted to tell better.

"So I started merging the two together, reggae and hip hop," he said.

The band takes their touring seriously, releasing a poster with new dates of live performances each month.

"The main goal is to just keep doing what I'm doing and sustain my life with nothing but music.

"It feels good to be able to pay the rent, bills, eat and live when really the way I see it, I haven't worked a day in seven years."

Reggae Roots and Blues

This event, organised by Nathan Bedford, will be held across two days at two different venues.

On Saturday April 9 an 18 years and over event will be held at the Grand Hotel. This event, for $10, will be kicked off with a yoga session by Evolution Yoga in the afternoon. Live music will start from 4pm. It'll be a laid back vibe, with board games, a human sized connect four, free barbecue and more.

On Sunday April 10 a family fun super Sunday session will kick off at the Tannum Sands Hotel from midday.

Lineup: The Lyrical, Ornaments., Agnes Blue, Jackson Dunn, Andrew Thomson and Tim Andersen.

Tickets are available here



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