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Awarded Southern Downs Qld. "YOUNG BAND OF THE YEAR 2012", have moved from Queensland to Victoria to further their careers in the Music Industry.
You won’t find a family rocking harder than ‘KenaniaH-1522’s’ Farmer family. Daniel (Vocals and Guitar), Joel (Vocals and Guitar), Kym (Drums and Vocals) and Deanna (Bass and Vocals), music career already includes playing in Qld., NSW, and Victoria, right along the New England Ranges. Winning the Youth band of South East Qld. Award in 2012. All of this before any of the band members reached the age of 20.
With a sound comparable to Led Zeppellin and Uriah Heep, matched with the style of the hard rock generation (think flares and big hair), it’s not difficult to see why these three from rural Australia were positioned to play at the coolest clubs in Melbourne. They are to take the stage at the Revolver Bandroom, and Espy-Gershwin Room with the reputation of booking all range of up and coming Australian Acts. The first time KenaniaH-1522 played was in a pub on the border of Qld and NSW, on a non-existent stage at an hour of night where only they illuminated the darkness. They were a cut above every other act that played that night, so my expectations were set fairly high. They didn’t disappoint.
Most of KenaniaH-1522’s approach to their performance is in a subdued manner. Singer Daniel carries the set, working the crowd from front and centre of stage, when he isn’t otherwise behind the keyboard. His voice teeters on the cusp of screaming as he tears through each note of every song without hesitation. The songs are all of their making, with standouts including the anthem ‘Battle for Life, ‘While Scavengers Hunt’ and ‘Live For Him’. They also treat the crowd to their Version of ‘The Joker and The Thief. The intensity of the guitar work and the raw, guttural voice of Daniel belie the youth of this group. Their songs have a way of imprinting in your psyche, as though they had always been there. Their influences include Led Zeppelin and Uriah Heep, which explain their classic rock sound.
By the end of the set it is only Daniel’s brow that is covered in sweat. Not to say that the others don’t do their part; Daniel’s work on the guitar would make most other guitarists feel insecure. He makes no mistakes as he works through some of the best riffs I’ve ever heard live, leaving the crowd to stare in awe. The other Members (not including Daniel) stand statuesque with intense concentration, as though transported to their own place in time and space. The crowd size fluctuated throughout the hour-long set and on the whole there wasn’t much dancing. But Daniel thanked the crowd for singing along to lesser-known songs on their new album, noting it as a sign of true fans in the crowd.
Listening to pure rock, verging on heavy, has to be one of the better ways to spend the late night and early hours of the morning. KenaniaH-1522’s slick, polished performance shows their experience despite their age, making them a cut above the rest and an act not to miss.
Joel Farmer: Guitar, Keyboard, and Vocals.
Kym Farmer (Reynolds): Drums, Bass Guitar, and Violin.
Daniel Farmer: Guitar, Keyboard, Bass Guitar and Vocals.
Deanna Farmer: Bass, Keyboard and Vocals