Award caps off Kings’ spectacular year

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The Struggling Kings with their Best Indigenous Act award.
Camera IconThe Struggling Kings with their Best Indigenous Act award. Credit: Cam Campbell

A whirlwind year of tours, gigs and special projects has been capped off with a big win for a Kimberley-based indie alt-rock band.

One Arm Point’s The Struggling Kings have received the gong for best indigenous act at the 2019 WAMAwards, which took place earlier this month during the annual WAMFest.

Band member Dan Riches said winning the award was a nice bonus after being nominated.

“To be nominated was great but to take it out was really awesome,” he said.

“It was nice to get that recognition for the hard work we’ve put in during the year and see that it has paid off.”

Just moments after their win, the band capped off their night with a special performance with WAM Hall of Fame inductee, Johnny Young.

“It was really cool to perform alongside Johnny,” Riches said.

“He just commanded everyone’s attention and he had everyone in the palm of his hands.

“It was really cool to not only see that but play alongside him and perform one of his hit songs that still resonates today.”

Riches said mingling with fellow WA artists during WAMFest and catching up with old friends was a highlight of the event.

“It’s always really good to network and have a chat to the other acts to see what has been happening,” he said.

“We’ve already planned a fishing trip down in Esperance this month with one of the bands from down there.

“To see the other acts and watch their performances is really inspiring and it really makes us want to keep going.”

Following WAMFest, 2020 is set to be an even bigger year for The Struggling Kings as they get ready to showcase a special project they’ve worked on for the past year.

“We’re actually working on a documentary with NITV and it’s going to be about myself and my two brothers, Mark and Luke, going out and writing songs with some of the elders in One Arm Point,” Riches said.

“It’s all about keeping culture alive through language and give something to the young people to share and pass them down to future generations.

“We might not be here for very long but we hope the songs will last a very long time.

“We’re also going to be part of a festival and we hope to take the songs we have written with the elders and perform those for a bigger audience.”

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