Karl S. Williams
Karl S. Williams

Karl S. Williams

with special guests
The Bunker @ The Imperial Hotel Eumundi (Eumundi, QLD)
Saturday, 8 February 2020 7:30 pm
13 days away
18 Plus
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Karl S. Williams emerged from the cane country of Northern New South Wales, steeped in swamp water and primitive music. His songs are a distillation of life, love and the human condition; a kind of folk, soul, blues but not as you know it. With a weaponised voice that can soar, moan and ache with the best of them, he writes timeless music, rooted in tradition but also firmly conversant with the present. Whether solo or with his incandescent band, a Karl S. Williams show is frequently referred to as a spiritual experience delivered with a visceral conviction that leaves audiences profoundly moved.

As far as albums go, Lifeblood is the monstrous, all-consuming creative undertaking that now deserves to be heard - and like a lot of people, Karl is angry. Written and recorded against the backdrop of several turbulent years Lifeblood encapsulates both personal trials and the heartbreak of a society witnessing its own decay. The album touches on Trump-era politics, the ongoing proliferation of profit-before-people and growing disunity, disconnection and disenfranchisement in all corners.

“I feel it is necessary for any vital art to turn a mirror upon the society in which it is spawned. My belief is that ultimately a society is made up of individuals who think, feel and love - so maybe the best place to point that mirror is at the heart.”

This is a people-powered project born of pure creative necessity - an approach that pervades the entire release as it is conducted entirely independently; a return to the basics. Karl S. Williams and his band will bring the album to the people with an expansive tour of regional and metropolitan venues from February to April 2020. Preferring smaller, darker rooms, each show on the Lifeblood tour will also feature an exhibition of Karl’s ink drawings showcasing another side of this multifaceted artist.

For all who have something to say, rage to dissipate or creed to cry to the wind; this is perhaps the album to carry with you into the days that are to come. This is the music that keeps alight the flame of hope - and the chance to see this important work live should not be missed.