King Stingray review – irresistibly joyful debut album from the Yolngu surf-rock kings

King Stingray review – irresistibly joyful debut album from the Yolngu surf-rock kings

It would be an understatement to bestow the cliche “long-awaited” upon King Stingray’s self-titled debut album. The Yirrkala band from north-east Arnhem Land have teased us with five singles. The first of them, Hey Wanhaka – which means “what’s happening?” – was released in late 2020; Get Me Out, Milkumana, Camp Dog and Let’s Go have all followed. Adding to the considerable hype are the band’s bloodlines: the singer, Yirrnga Yunupingu, is the nephew of the Yothu Yindi leader, Dr M Yunupingu, while the guitarist, Roy Kellaway, is the son of the same band’s bass player, Stuart. Both also play in Yothu Yindi themselves. The five aforementioned singles make up a full half of this album’s 10 tracks, with Get Me Out and Milkumana both nominated for Apra awards as …
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