Flamenco heavy metal with a twist

Kallidad – Jason Contos (Jacinko), Thomas Raven (Raven) and Julian Lardis (Senor Bang Bang).
Kallidad – Jason Contos (Jacinko), Thomas Raven (Raven) and Julian Lardis (Senor Bang Bang).

HIGH-INTENSITY Sydney metal-flamenco act Kallidad are visiting the area to promote their latest single and album, Death Fiesta.

What started out on the streets of Sydney as a busking gig soon became a full-time passion for the young trio, when they noticed just how much interest they were getting from the public.

Kallidad sold more than 5000 CDs during their busking gigs on the streets of Sydney.

Since then, the charismatic act have gone on to play acoustic folk festivals in Western Australia, metal clubs, Blues joints and bush doofs, without ever changing their original sound.

Band members Jason Contos (stage name Jacinko), Thomas Raven (Raven) and Julian Lardis (Senor Bang Bang) met during high school at Sydney Grammar School.

"It is quite a fancy school but we didn't come out too fancy," Contos joked.

The young men loved rock music during their teen years, when they played in countless bands learning the ropes.

Raven and Lardis shared a unit in Bondi where the three would play music, including on their Spanish guitars.

"Spanish guitars are similar to regular acoustic guitars," said Contos.

"We started experimenting how fast and hard could you play heavy metal on a Spanish guitar, and how rocking could you make it."

The musician acknowledged Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela as a big influence for Kallidad.

"I can remember the first time I heard someone hitting a guitar," said Contos.

"He was hitting the body of the guitar to do percussion sounds, and it was a guy playing at a cafe in Kings Cross, Sydney.

"He showed me some of the basic hitting and basic Flamenco chords, and told me to go listen to Rodrigo y Gabriela."

At the Nimbin Hotel on Thursday, May 21, from 7.30pm and at The Rails in Byron Bay on Sunday, May 31, from 7pm. Both free gigs.

Topics:  flamenco heavy metal

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