The Lyrical performs 'Hurtin'' live for BalconyTV Brisbane
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Winning the Byron Bay Bluesfest "People's Choice Award" in 2010 and 2011", The Lyrical has become the rising star of the music scene in Brisbane. The Sunshine State capital has always been Australia's hotbed for new talent in a variety of genres and the acoustic-hip-hop/reggae scene is now no exception to that tradition. Following in the footsteps of Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Michael Franti and Xavier Rudd, The Lyrical reflects the ingenuity and musical aptitude it takes to be a great artist. The "Unique blend of beatboxing meshed with folk guitar and socially conscious lyrics ( - City News)" is fast becoming the hottest ticket in town.
The Lyrical has toured Australia, released a hugely popular EP "If I Was Earth" (which had to be reprinted THREE TIMES due to demand). He has shared the stage and played with the likes of Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Innocent Criminals, rocked festivals such as Bluesfest, Red Deer Festival and Festival Of The Sun AND hit No.1 on Triple J's Unearthed.
The love affair with the colours with red, yellow and green, come from the fact that Karl was born in Port Villa, Vanuatu. They are the colours of the national flag. He then moved to the Solomon Islands as a child. Whilst growing up in Honiara he began playing and creating music with his neighbour Tommy (a.k.a. Solomon from Flow Etiquette). They developed their passion for music together, sitting near the radio whilst copying the music with their mouths because they had no instruments. "If we weren't doing that, we were drumming on cardboard boxes with chopsticks or blowing through a plastic pipe," Karl says of his childhood with a reminiscent laugh." I didn't actually even learn guitar till my older brother gave me one around 10 years ago [...] still to this day I cannot read a note of music."
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