Kings for a day to play on WA Day

Ferndale rockers The Struggling Kings.
Ferndale rockers The Struggling Kings.

THEY may be called The Struggling Kings, but the Ferndale-based band may need to think about changing their name.

The alt-rockers are set to play State of the Art Festival on WA Day, the biggest show of their career, alongside the likes of John Butler, Jebediah and Drapht.

Vocalist Luke Riches, whose brothers Dan and Mark also play in the band, said their Aboriginal heritage ran deep through their music.

“Being Indigenous, it comes through naturally to a point, but we’ve recognised our Elders from One Arm Point and redesigned songs to include Indigenous language, with a few more in the works,” he said.

Riches said they were always developing their sound, but leaned heavily on Kings of Leon and The Pigram Brothers.

“You want to find your own unique fingerprint on the music you play and each of the guys contribute to the sound and songs we write,” he said.

“You hope you’re connecting to people with the messages you put out.”

The band has been together for the past four years and Riches said it was going from strength to strength.

“There are times when we’re called to do gigs during the day, so we have to take time out of work,” he said.

“But it’s all about balancing; this is our passion, something we want to commit to, we’re a group of guys who prioritise the band.”

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