King Stingray Overcome Adversity On Triumphant New Single 'Through The Trees'

20 March 2024 | 10:15 am | Ellie Robinson

The band recently confirmed their second album is on the way.

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King Stingray have returned with the first preview of their forthcoming second studio album, a soaring and triumphant new tune titled Through The Trees.

“On the surface it’s a fun traveling song representing adventure,” the Yolŋu surf-rockers said in a press release, “but beneath the surface it talks more deeply on the concept of time and how precious it is. It’s about overcoming adversity, coming out the other side, and reaching that breath of fresh air.”

The track arrives alongside a music video filmed on location in King Stingray’s stomping grounds of Arnhem Land, NT and directed by Sam Brumby. Have a look at that below:

King Stingray recently confirmed they’re hard at work on album #2, sharing a series of photos they took at The Grove Studios in Sydney. The as-yet-untitled new record hasn’t been officially announced just yet, but it’s expected to arrive sometime in 2024.

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The band’s eponymous debut album arrived in August of 2022. It was met with universal acclaim, peaking at #6 on the ARIA Charts and earning King Stingray a suite of prestigious awards. In addition to the 2022 Australian Music Prize, the band won three titles at last year’s AIR Awards, three National Indigenous Music Awards (one in 2022 and two in 2023), and a National Live Music Award. They also won the Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2022 ARIAs, and came first in that year’s Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition.

Meanwhile, King Stingray were recently shortlisted for the 2024 APRA Song Of The Year, earning a nod for their recent standalone single Lookin’ Out (which hit streaming platforms last June). Earlier this year, too, they locked in a new clothing collaboration with Billabong.

Reviewing a show of theirs in April 2022, Mick Radojkovic wrote for “There seemed to be little nerves, despite playing to what is surely one of their biggest audience yet. Their songs, representing camp-life, being one people, coming together and generally uplifting subjects, combined with a stomping guitar and driving drums, ensured the rock-thirsty crowd's appetite was sufficiently whetted.”