Kid Confucius

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Kid Confucius
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Rock, Soul
Years active early 2000s2010
Labels Brighton Boulevard Records, Inertia Distribution, Mushroom Publishing
Members Rob Hezkial
Andrew Guirguis
Benn Chapman
James Manson
Bart Denaro
Nathan Murray
James Blaxland
Michael Lion
Past members James Branson
Dan Cilia
Ray Wassef

Kid Confucius were an eight-piece Australian band from Sydney, Australia. They formed in 2001 and have since played well over 400 live shows around the country, including major festivals as well as their own headline shows at venues such as The Annandale Hotel and The Metro Theatre. In 2005 the band released a self-titled album and two singles "Words" and "Skintight." The album, a mish-mash of soul, hip-hop, pop and funk, received great critical acclaim, most notably from Rolling Stone who hailed the album as one of the standout local releases of the year. "Words" also enjoyed some solid months of radio and TV play. The band released its second album Stripes in 2007 with three singles "Closer", "Last Straw" and "Moment". Stripes was the band's attempt at making a Detroit-era Motown soul album and it was quick to earn rave reviews from press around the country as well as a publishing deal with Mushroom. "Moment" has enjoyed good radio play on triple j. Kid Confucius is set to release its third album in October 2008. The first single from this album, "Good Luck", is out now.

Kid C has also gained a stellar live reputation with many sold out appearances at various Sydney venues. The band has been touring nationally since 2004 as well as performing at big festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Homebake, The Great Escape, Groovin' The Moo, Festival Of The Sun and more.

Taking a break from touring in early 2008, the band set its sights on writing and recording a new album - its third in as many years. The new album marks a dramatic and radical shift in style and sound for the band. With newfound influences such as Kings Of Leon, The Strokes, Phoenix and The Beatles meeting older influences such as Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding, the new Kid Confucius is more of a live garage soul experience.

Band Split[edit]

On 29 March 2010, Kid Confucius announced on their website that they would be splitting. They advised it was an amicable split and that they were going to pursue other musical projects.

Sound and Influences[edit]

Kid Confucius draws an eclectic mix of old soul from Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Sly & The Family Stone and Otis Redding, pop from The Beatles and The Beach Boys to the Neptunes, and rock from groups such as Kings Of Leon, The Strokes, Phoenix and The Rolling Stones. The band's older sound also nods to great hip-hop and new soul makers such as The Roots, Common and D'Angelo.

Line up[edit]

The band's line up is as follows:

  • Rob Hezkial

Lead Vocals

  • Andrew Guirguis

Backup Vocals, Rhythm Guitar

  • James Manson

Lead Guitar

  • Bart Denaro


  • Nathan Murray


  • Benn Chapman


  • James Blaxland

Tenor Saxophone

  • Michael Lion

Alto Saxophone, Flute



  • Kid Confucius, 2005
  • Stripes, 2007
  • The Let Go, 2008


  • Words, 2005
  • Skintight, 2005
  • Last Straw, 2006
  • Closer, 2006
  • Moment, 2007
  • Good Luck, 2008

Charts and Awards[edit]

  • Words, Triple J Net 50
  • Words filmclip was on most requested clips list on Channel V for over two months.
  • the album was featured as album of the week on FBi Radio and SBS Alchemy.
  • Skintight film clip won a high commendation in cinematography from the Australian Cinematographers Society in 2005.
  • Words nominated for a 2006 Urban Music Award.
  • Won title Best Urban Act at Australian Dance Music Awards in November 2006
  • Won title Best R&B Band at Australian Urban Music Awards in August 2007

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