KAWALA‘s skyward trajectory looks set to continue apace with the arrival of brand new EP ‘Counting The Miles’ on Mahogany Records.
Adding to the duo’s already prolific output which has amassed over 12 million streams, the nuanced collection is a masterclass in warmth and restraint, echoing the campfire songsmithery of Bombay Bicycle Club’s acoustic sophomore record ‘Flaws’ and Simon & Garfunkel at their majestic peak.
Before the North London indie-folksters headline Hidden Herd Festival 2019 at Brighton’s Patterns on Saturday 13th July, we fired some questions at vocalist Jim Higson and guitarist Daniel McCarthy.
How would you describe KAWALA to a stranger?
“A duo/band from North London absolutely winging it but for some reason it’s going okay!”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Definitely bands like Half Moon Run and Bombay Bicycle Club. Also the harmonies of The Staves and the acoustic style of John Martyn.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“We’ve just been on tour with an artist called Dodie where we played at some absolutely wild venues like Manchester Academy and the Roundhouse. But funnily it was the smallest that was the most fun. Vicar Street in Dublin was hands down the most fun gig we’ve ever done.”
You’re based in North London – what’s your local music scene like?
“Growing up it was an absolutely bustling music scene. So many insane venues right on your doorstep.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“A band called Sun Silva who we toured with last year. They are properly incredible! Alice Phoebe Lou from South Africa. Her new song ‘Skin Crawl’ is a song that you can’t stop repeating! Also friends of ours called IDER. Their live show was one of the best I’ve seen in a while.”
You’re playing Hidden Herd Festival 2019 in July – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing on the day?
“Anteros for sure! I’ve known the drummer for years and still haven’t managed to catch them live.”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for KAWALA?
“Loads of gigging! On tour in May and playing a load of festivals in summer. Hopefully releasing more music and having a great time doing it!”
KAWALA headline Hidden Herd Festival 2019 at Brighton’s Patterns on Saturday 13th July alongside BLOXX, Anteros, Sick Joy, CHILDCARE, Chappaqua Wrestling, Saltwater Sun, MarthaGunn, Hot Dreams, Circe, Youth Sector and more. Super Early Bird tickets are available via DICE.