After a break from performing, Australian roots group Kooii are teaming up with Earth Frequency Festival to bring together a soulful night of groove music culture.
Lead singer and trumpet player Peter Hunt is excited to get the band back on stage together after some time spent focusing on other projects.
“There's always this looking forward to doing Kooii gigs because we don't get to play enough.”
The new show promises to be full of energy and will feature some special guests.
“We'll have some extra horns helping us with the rhythm. We're also going to have a couple friends dancing with us,” Peter explains. “It's inspiring to see what they're going to come up with.”
Kooii want high energy and they want the crowd to dance, but they don't want that to detract from the message and the feeling of the music. Fans can expect some new songs from the group when they take the stage next month, with Kooi's music having changed a lot over the past ten years.
“There's been an obvious increase in tempo and in the fullness of the instrumentation. I guess energy wise it's a higher energy thing. I think it's really important to us to start with slow reggae grooves. I guess it's important to me personally to kind of gather myself up in that groove.”
After their July gig, Kooii will retreat to the studio to start work on a new album which the band hope to release mid next year. They will then resurface for a string of shows in November and December.
For now, Peter and the band can't wait to take the stage, which will mark their second show this year after the Earth Frequency Festival in February.
“When we do our own shows it means we get to play for longer, which is important for us because we've got a lot of music and we like to take our time setting in and taking the time to draw out songs and see where they go.”
Kooii will take to the stage with Chocolate Strings, Ladi Abundance and Georgia Potter at The Hi-Fi Saturday July 13.