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King Stingray Contemplate the Beauty of Earth on ‘Lookin’ Out’

After enjoying a landmark year in 2022, King Stingray are continuing their fine form in 2023

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Sam Brumby

After enjoying a landmark year in 2022, King Stingray are continuing their fine form in 2023.

The Northern Territory rockers have released their new single “Lookin’ Out”, their first new material since their acclaimed self-titled debut album.

The song finds the band looking out at the beauty of nature, capturing the universal feeling of being awestruck at the magnificence of Mother Earth.

“Lookin’ Out” was inspired by the band’s own experiences of days spent gazing into the ocean and nights gathered around the campfire; as they know, the overwhelming beauty of our Earth has the power to diminish daily woes and put everything into perspective.

And as King Stingray also know, the future of our planet is hugely uncertain. “We have no idea what our future holds, but if we can find a way to work together, we’ll be on the right track!” says guitarist Roy Kellaway. “We are a band from a small place and we’re singing about big things!”

In the accompanying music video, tour footage is balanced with stunning imagery of the Great Barrier Reef and the band’s hometown of Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land (watch below).

“Lookin’ Out” beautifully builds on the sterling showing from King Stingray on their 2022 debut album, a record that led Rolling Stone AU/NZ to hail them as “one of the most exciting rock bands to emerge from this country in a generation.”

“Upon repeated listens, one finds an intoxicating duality in King Stingray’s music. On one layer, this is music that pulls you in and asks you to move. On another, it is music ripe with potent messages — layered with wisdom and a perspective severely needed in Australia’s homogenous popular music landscape,” our five-star review said.

“Their self-titled debut is destined to be an instant classic. A testament to the power of music and the glimpse of togetherness it creates.”

King Stingray are currently on a national headline tour, with stops remaining in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Tickets for all shows apart from Perth and Brisbane are available here.

King Stingray’s “Lookin’ Out” is out now.