Rock queen Kaki King in Mullumbimby
Indie rock queen Kaki King will play at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Wednesday, February 25, from 7.30pm.
Known for her finger-picking, fret-slapping, and percussive thumping style, Kaki King has since been propelled into previously uncharted indie-rock territory.
She has branched out with songs featuring electric and pedal-steel guitar, horns, and for the first time, vocals.
Her new CD, Dreaming of Revenge, continues her evolution from acoustic instrumentalist to full-fledged, multi-faceted songwriter.
Kaki King has lately performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Later with Jools Holland in the UK.
In 2007 Ms King branched out into film composing music for several scenes in the film, Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn.
The film also featured two previously released songs.
Ms King said to have the opportunity to expose her music to a wider audience had been amazing.
“To know I can walk into a room, pick up a guitar and play a piece of music I've never heard before without days of rehearsal feels good,” she said.
“Also I'm now being asked to do such challenging things.”
On February 25 expect to hear Ms King's own style of thumping bass lines, tapping melodies, and slapping percussion on her guitar.
She is reported in national press as a riveting performer, combining jaw-dropping technique with unique compositions.
When Kaki King went into the studio in upstate New York to record the tracks for Dreaming of Revenge her producer Malcolm Burn was heard to say 'If someone can't be sawing a log in half and whistling along to the song, I don't want it on the record'.
“Even though half the tracks are instrumentals, I feel like I'm writing pop songs,” she said.
“We really concentrated on the melodies.
“Everything I write tends to be dense and chordal, but this time the idea was to layer the challenging guitar work under very simple, beautiful melodies. I really wanted them to be memorable.”
After singing with Dave Grohl on the new Foo Fighters album and across stadiums in Australia, contributing music to Sean Penn's new film Into the Wild and touring Australia four times since 2007, Ms King is ready to present to Northern Rivers' audiences her new CD Dreaming of Revenge.
Tickets cost $35 at the door and $30 presold from ticket outlets including Barebones at Bangalow, Murwillumbah Music, Mullumbimby books and All Music and Vision at Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore.