Rockers hope to reign with The King

Arran Morton, SOUND TELEGRAPHSound Telegraph
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The sounds of progressive rock and syncopated beats will resonate through Bar Indigo later this month as Rockingham band Yalla Yalla launch the first single from their upcoming EP.

Frontman Dave Watkins said guitarist Ben Harvey was the driving force behind the creation of single The King, which had climbed to No.4 on the triple j rock charts last Friday.

He said the band hoped Rockingham music fans would get behind their bid to win a coveted triple j unearthed title and download The King for free.

"We've listened to the song and only the song for months to try to find little ways to make it better," Dave said.

"We're perfectionists in that way."

Yalla Yalla drummer Tim Watkins said he and his brother Dave had been jamming together since they were teenagers, often holed up in their shared childhood bedroom listening to Tool and Incubus.

He said the single release was particularly close to the brothers' hearts because it was the first time they had worked together to formally release recorded music.

"We'd been sitting in our room together listening to Tool while dad would be cleaning crayfish listening to Elvis," Tim said.

"It depends on what we're listening to at the time, where we look to for inspiration."

Tim, who also plays with local band Something Humble, said the brothers, Harvey and bassist Alex Capes believed The King was good enough to win triple j unearthed.

He said the band looked forward to the September 12 launch, with support from Filthy Apes, The Milkmen and Midnight Boulevard. "We just want as many people as possible to listen to our music," Tim said.

Those who enjoyed tunes from the guys' former bands Small Belly and World-a-fuzzy, as well as music fans, are invited to head down to Bar Indigo from 8pm.

For more information about the band, search for Yalla Yalla on Facebook and visit

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