Imagine a kaleidoscope of different colored paints drying on a large effervescent artwork, you can see it all there, only it’s not quite ready. That’s what it was like for Sydney psych-rock band Kimono Drag Queens and their debut album Songs Of Worship. It’s taken the seven-piece two years to record but as of November 6th the album’s six tracks, which were produced by Phan Sjarif at Parliament Studios, will be unleashed unto the world.
Since their formation in 2016, in between a handful of East Coast Australian tours, the band have released a string of singles, three of which; Hunters, Wild Animals and Willy’s World all feature on the record. So far, the music they’ve shared has represented their hive mind approach to songwriting – there are elements of modern psych (think King Gizzard, Here Lies Man), 60s rock, Tuareg music (Tinariwen, Bombino), and ambient folk.
The record twists and turns through a broad array of psych wizardry, touching on many cornerstones of the genre, with single Wild Animals evoking memories of Goat’s breakout single Run To Your Mama. Hunters displays a memorizing percussion performance driving the record as it pulls you deeper under its spell before you have time to brace yourself, after which the album crescendos through the euphoric Willy’s World to its climax, leaving you gasping for breath.
Kimono Drag Queens are: Harry Webber – vocals, guitar. Kellie Banyai – vocals, keys. Will Coleman – vocals, guitar. Zeppelin Hamilton – guitar. Amy Yoshiko – percussion. Billy Minett – drums. William Wood – bass guitar.