REVIEW: Further Earth – “Kingdom”

Further Earth have leapt out of the far western city of Perth, and they’ve certainly leapt with more force and confidence than you’d expect! Considering they’re such a young band, their balanced sound may come as a surprise. However it’s an interesting result of their musical history – each band member has years of experience playing with at least one other member. This is a group of musicians who know how things work, and are at the beginning of something that sounds very special.

The first thing I noticed while scanning the press release for Kingdom, Further Earth’s debut EP, was that it was produced by none other than Forrester Savell. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Savell has worked alongside Birds of Tokyo, Dead Letter Circus, and Karnivool. His work with these bands has made it clear just how valuable he is to the Australian rock scene, and Kingdom serves to reinforce that even more.

Further Earth merge influences, throwing in a dabble of prog-rock, to the softer opening strums of the title track, to the racing pace of “Fierce Euphoria”, but the way that everything seems to mesh together so well really defines these guys from the get go. Rarely do you hear a debut EP with such consistency and flow. Rarely do you hear a band that can develop such an expansive sound so quickly, with so many individual and truly interesting layers.

Each instrument has a life of its own, yet fits in so well to create the whole. It is bands that can do this, that eventually develop a strong fan-base in the rock scene, especially in Australia. Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus are testaments to that fact. Kingdom has a huge amount of potential to get Further Earth very far, and with a few tours planned this year, I’ll wager that Further Earth will be attracting quite a bit more attention very soon. Grab Kingdom and see what it’s all about, and keep your ears open for a tour announcement!

At the very least, check their triple j Unearthed page and grab some free tracks.

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