Australian rockers King Coyote have announced their killer new single Coca Cola, an energetic romp inspired by chasing true love, out today. Coca Cola is the first taste of the upcoming King Coyote EP Wild, an absolute masterclass in rock n roll, set for release on November 1. King Coyote will be heading out on tour throughout October and November to celebrate the release, kicking off in Burleigh at Moe's Desert Clubhouse, then heading through Kingscliff to support Grinspoon, home to Port Macquarie for a series of shows, wrapping with a summer show on December 28 at Tacking Point Tavern (Port Macquarie) supporting Thirsty Merc.
Coca Cola is for fans of true, classic rock n roll; the kind of song that makes you want to slam your empty glass on the bar and head straight to the dancefloor. Evocative of rock auteurs Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and Jet, Coca Cola is overflowing with heady guitar riffs and hooky vocals. Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, lead vocalist Sunny Rowlands enthuses, "This song is a bit of old time rock n roll, a throwback with our twist. Coca Cola was inspired by true love, about seeing the red flags and acting on it, before you lose too much time… or whatever the listener thinks it's about. We like both!"
Wild is a diverse collection of rock music by a group of seasoned musicians who know exactly who they are and what King Coyote represents. From the exhilarating opener Running Wild, to the affecting, emotive closer Diamonds, the EP is true to its namesake in every sense of the word – this music is undeniably Wild. Produced by Michael Lynch (Jimmy Barnes, Midnight Oil, John Butler Trio), Wild meets the thematic golden trio – sex, drugs and rock n roll – head on, as Sunny says, "We've taken a bit of time with this EP, enjoying the road, the band bonding, the late nights, the long nights and all the in-between, helping us get the songs to the point that represents us truthfully as a band. It's taken a couple of years, but it was worth the wait for us – it shows how far we've come and how far we can go."
King Coyote are set to perform tracks from Wild live throughout October and November, with a diverse run of headline shows and support slots alongside rock legends Grinspoon, Thirsty Merc and First Beige. Giving fans a taste of what to expect from the shows, Sunny says, "The shows will be high energy, loud, and in your face – like a shot of coffee with your Red Bull!"
King Coyote is Sunny Rowlands (vocals), Jimmy True Love (guitar, vocals), Stevie G (drums, vocals), Josh Hall (bass) and Mike Montgomery (guitar).
King Coyote QLD & NSW Tour
FRI 18 OCT | FINNIANS, PORT MACQUARIE, NSW | 18+ | w SLIPPERY GYPSEES
Tickets available on the door
FRI 1 NOV | ART OF THE EMPIRE (ACOUSTIC), PORT MACQUARIE, NSW | 18+
Tickets available on the door
SAT 28 DEC | TACKING POINT TAVERN, PORT MACQUARIE, NSW | 18+ | SUPPORTING THIRSTY MERC
Question: Can you tell us about Coca Cola?
King Coyote: It's an aggressive rock n roll song that's fun to play.
Question: What inspired the track?
King Coyote: Our trip to California where we played some shows enjoyed a vacation with cheap Coca Cola.
I just made that up. I have no idea what the song is about (laughs) I'm just the drummer.
Question: What's it like touring with Grinspoon and Thirsty Merc?
King Coyote: Inspiring! It's great to see some legends whip up a crowed.
Question: How would you describe your music?
King Coyote: Straight rock n roll.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
King Coyote: Performing live for sure, there's nothing like getting energy from the crowd.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why? A new one we've only played live twice called Backchat. It's a fun song that you can raise a beer to and sing along.
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend a show, who would it be?
King Coyote: Dave Grohl, he seems like a cool guy that would be fun to party with. He's also a great musician.
Question: What is the story behind the band name?
King Coyote: It's a nod to my homeland of Los Angeles and we think it sounds cool.
Question: How did the band come together?
King Coyote: There have been a couple different incarnations of this band but it's just a collective of likeminded mates who love playing music.
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
King Coyote: Writing a song that's fun to play.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
King Coyote: I'm loving the new Broken Bells track, can't wait for their new album. I've also been on a Clash kick lately. I reckon I've listened to London Calling every day this week. Guns of Brixton is a tune!
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
King Coyote: It was a natural progression. I come from a family of musicians. I was classically trained in trumpet since I was 8. Then I discovered the drums, played heaps of bars, clubs in California and got into plenty of mischief before moving to Australia.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
King Coyote: Josh Homme at his studio Rancho de Luna. I love the desert sessions albums and Josh Homme is a beast; (laughs), while on a camping trip in Joshua Tree my friends and I drove around dirt roads trying to find his studio. We weren't successful.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
King Coyote: Meeting cool people and having wild times.
Interview by Brooke Hunter