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REVIEW: KING TIDE - SUMMER VIBRATION PACK
Summer Vibration Pack

KING TIDE
Summer Vibration Pack

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Coolites - Water Walls R Calling (Single)

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Coolites - Water Walls R Calling (Single)

Golden Crown (Single)

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Golden Crown (Single)

Hey Spaceman! (Single)

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Hey Spaceman! (Single)

El Bad Man - Digital Single

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El Bad Man - Digital Single

Roots Pop Reggae

KING TIDE
Roots Pop Reggae

Beggars Waltz

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Beggars Waltz

Scared New World

KING TIDE
Scared New World

To Our Dearly Deported

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To Our Dearly Deported

Kristie Nicolas

King Tide + Jesse Morris & The 3 Beans + Firehouse Crew - The Basement
(06.08.11)

I was a little unsure what to expect walking into The Basement on Saturday 6th August for the King Tide self titled Summer Vibration compilation launch. I had never witnessed the self proclaimed '3rd best reggae got soul band from Bondi' in action before, and wasn't too familiar with their music. However, I felt pretty sure that a band with a name as big as their reputation would not disappoint.
My doubts grew as the support act Jesse Morris & the 3 Beans took the stage. The five piece band played reggae with more of a roots tinge, minus the soul, while sticking to the same bland formula for each of their tracks - extremely repetitive, simple lyrics. Fellow patrons renewed my faith by letting me know that King Tide would put on a great show, and are undoubtedly the best reggae band in Australia.
That was a big call, but after witnessing them live, I'll admit they are close to the top.
When King Tide took to the stage, within seconds all my doubts went out the window. Now this was reggae. I'm not one to judge a book by its cover but when I laid eyes on front man Tony Hughes I wondered what this eccentric Caucasian older man would bring to the table?
Well, turns out he's going to bring a voice reminiscent of legendary Jamaican reggae singer Bunny Wailer, and be one of the most entertaining front men I've witnessed. I was enthralled by his presence. His almost chaotic dancing and interaction with fellow front man Paul Snashell kept the crowds interest peaked and encouraged us all to let loose and embrace the sweet reggae & ska music the band was playing.
King Tide played a mix of originals & covers through out their two sets, including reggae classics like "54-46" & "Pretty Girl", and tracks from the new compilation like "These Eyes (Crying over you)".
They kept the energy high, especially when playing ska style tracks, but they really wowed on their lover's rock style tracks such as "Anyone Could Tell', where keyboardist Robbie Woolf shone with his out of this world falsetto. Add a tight rhythm section featuring Declan Kelly on drums/vocals & bassist Peter Firth, along with a smooth horn section & generous guitar skanks and you have a band that has fine tuned the art of playing reggae with an upbeat 60's and 70's vibe.
Closing my eyes I could have sworn I was in Jamaica circa the late 60's, not in Sydney watching a local band circa 2011.
King Tide took the crowd for a ride on their wave of soulful reggae, and it's one that I'll be riding well into the warmer months. Their new Summer Vibration compilation album is out today, Monday 8th August 2011, through Vitamin Records.