"Josh Kroehn is a talented and lyrically gifted songwriter. His quavering voice is imbued with emotion that his guitar work reflects perfectly" - Happy Mag
"The musicianship on this project is consistently flawless" - Buzz Music
"Boasting a sound reminiscent of greats such as City And Colour, the track showcases the inimitable artistry of Kroehn, and cements his status as one of the country's most promising musicians" - Tone Deaf
"Kroehn’s gorgeous natural tone is as evocative as the whispered acoustic, purposely leaving plenty of wide-open spaces for him to fill with his articulate songwriting" - The AU Review
"Something I've found has made me say goodbye to my processed life."
Those lyrics from his debut single ‘Processed Life’ shed light on the drive and motivation of why Josh Kroehn has followed a dream to pursue a life as a singer/songwriter. Processed Life was released independently in July 2019, and was met with immediate success in the Triple J Unearthed charts, peaking at number 7 and earning reviews from Triple J presenters and producers:
“This one's got this really nice laid back flavour to it. One to sit back to. and then BAM. Josh wakes you and the entire street up with a massive rush of guitar.” - Claire Mooney (Triple J)
Following soon after was the release of Josh’s debut EP ‘Something I’ve Found’ in October 2019. The EP received acclaim as a “textured and deep distillation of rock” featuring “tunes that stretch out far beyond any particular genre” (Happy Mag).
" ‘Something I’ve Found’ features incredibly expressive lyrics and delicious melodies, plus a musical build-up that intensifies superbly. Josh’s vocal tone and the style of these songs offer a distinct thread throughout, mood-wise though there’s plenty of eclecticism at work, and for these reasons, this EP makes for a wonderful playlist to escape within.” (Buzz Music)
Josh followed up with his debut album State Of Devotion released in 2020, which chronicles the past decade of Josh’s life, detailing events spanning his mid-teens to early twenties. It is a cathartic record of Josh’s attempts to cope with personal despair and tragedy:
"Raw and unapologetic, Josh Kroehn’s debut album is immaculate in every conceivable way. There is no space that could be improved upon or nuance that should be deepened." (Happy Mag)
"The present version of Josh Kroehn has grown from his essential flesh-and-blood tools—the guitar—and buzzing harmonic escapades that come attached. The influences that shaped him are still enduring, but his perspective has gone through enough turbulence to account for a fresh, odyssey of emotional intensity." (Buzz Music)
Josh’s passion for music developed from a young age. Discovering his parent’s collection of LPs and CDs led to a broad and at times eclectic taste in music. His appetite for new music fuelled his curiosity to discover new and different genres and the plethora of instruments that created these sounds - this exploration drew him to the guitar at the age of 9. His guitar playing style as a youngster was initially driven by the energy and raw emotion of heavier music and in particular by his idol guitar icons James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. Life experiences conspired to reveal a deep-seated emotional connection to music which opened his world further to genres of all types.
The diversity of his early influences in addition to those he has found later in life have shaped the type of music that he composes. In particular the virtuosic guitar playing of Ben Howard, John Martyn and Nick Drake, as well as the compositional approaches from Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Radiohead and Talk Talk have greatly influenced Josh. He has performed in various venues around Adelaide, South Australia, delivering a live show where the audience is absorbed into his musical compositions and can expect the unexpected. Josh’s original tone and unconventional guitar techniques take centre stage.
Josh’s music delves into a world where his guitar playing creates textures that carry, conflict and challenge his vocal tones and colours in biographical confessionals. Josh’s music is written about life, and one thing that you can be assured of is that the music will always come straight from the heart and be uniquely authentic. And that's all he really cares about.