Q&A Scene: Busy Kingdom


Q&A by Brendan Etherington

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour? 

Our new single is called Temptation and was produced by Lindsay Gravina. He’s worked with so many great aussie rock acts (The Living End, Jet, British India) and we wanted to utilize his experience and skills to get a great sounding track. We’ve just come back from launching Temptation in Sydney and played our Melbourne launch on April 9th. The single is off an EP that we’ll be releasing later in the year.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

Temptation is the best thing we’ve done so far. The song evolved a lot over time and working with LIndsay I think we were able to capture something that felt good for all of us. Hopefully people dig it.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Supreme pizza – has a bit of something for everyone.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

One thing I’ve learnt is always bring a spare shirt to a gig. Nearly every gig we’ve done we’ve come off drenched in sweat, always good to have a back up.

What, or who, inspires you?

Musically we are inspired and influenced by so many different acts … Crowded house, Ryan Adams, Foo Fighters, The Smiths and Pearl Jam just to name a few. The challenge of writing a good song is something that is always exciting to chase for myself and my brother Michael.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Sexy Sadie by The Beatles

What’s next for you?

We’re releasing an EP later in the year so we’re focusing all our efforts into that. In the mean time we have heaps of gigs coming up starting with playing at Surfers Paradise live – a music festival on the Gold Coast in May. All our upcoming gig details are on our website busykingdom.com or our facebook!

What’s your scene?

Melbourne is our scene. It”s the best music city in the world. So many great venues and acts, and a real hub of creativity.


Temptation was produced by acclaimed Australian producer Lindsay Gravina who’s past credits includes; The Living End, Jet, Magic Dirt, Thirsty Merc and British India. The result is a hook-laden song that showcases the songwriting abilities of brothers Brendan and Michael Etherington.

Keeping true to their name Busy Kingdom have indeed been ‘busy’ over the last twelve months. Independently releasing a well received, self titled EP and building a reputation for themselves as must see live act with residencies at Cherry Bar (which resulted in a Cherry LIVE award nomination) and The Brunswick Hotel. As well as this squeezing in supports for The Getaway Plan and Thirsty Merc and a host of other live shows.

With the upcoming release of TEMPTATION 2016 looks set to be a huge year for the band. The boys will be touring locally and interstate to support their new single.

Upcoming Gigs:
Saturday May 7th.
Surfers Paradise LIVE
Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Sunday May 15th
Caravan Music Club
Caravan Music Club, Drummond Street, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
Friday May 27th
Spotted Mallard 
Spotted Mallard, Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia
Friday June 24th
Post Office Hotel
The Post Office Hotel Pub & Dining Hall, Sydney Road, Coburg
Saturday July 30th
Caledonian Hotel
The Caledonian Hotel, Graham Street, Wonthaggi, Victoria

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.