Kingdom Calm reveal the inspiration behind their groovy surf sound

Following a spectacular performance at Kelly’s On King, Sydney trio, Kingdom Calm, deep dive into the meaning behind Follow The Leader.

The surf-rock magnets, Kingdom Calm, swirl in the colour-bursting ocean on their track Follow The Leader.

Ahead of their gig at Oxford Art Factory on May 27, Kingdom Calm offer insight into the process of achieving the intricate grooves of their tunes.

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Kingdom Calm was birthed by the strums of Dire Straits, played by childhood friends Matt and Sinclair.

When the pair began to dive into songwriting, drummer Andy, jumped in with them – beginning the swirly ride of sonic storytelling we know today.

Follow The Leader was released at the crack of the covid calm-down in September 2020. Just as the world was exploding with blues and glistening yellows, Kingdom Calm throws in an electric groove riff that has become the standpoint for their magnetic sound.

The track is based on the thoughts of a “superficially successful guy” and being unable to get a word in over the deafening echo of his brags.

The boys explain that the chorus; “is about power, and it’s a representation of his attitude towards his peers”.  And power rumbles indeed, with a throbbing guitar riff and sharp slam of drums that you can feel your legs rushing down York Street at 9:15 as the lyrics so vividly paint.


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Matt, Andy and Sinclair saturate their imaginative soundscape in colour with their second single, The Old Guitarist, based on the achingly raw and consuming artwork by Pablo Picasso.

We were really aiming for a retro surf-rock sort of sound, and there’s no hiding the influence of Dire Straits on this one” they explained.

Delve into Kingdom Calm’s gorgeously retro-indie tunes and if you’re in Sydney tomorrow, catch the trio at Oxford Art Factory, following the lovely Jess Josie Lee.