10 for 2013: #8 – To Kill a King

By on Friday, 7th December 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Us here at TGTF recently asked you to participate in a poll to help us determine the top 10 artists you thought would be huge in 2013. We’ve written a bit about the act at #8, but Braden takes a closer look in this 10 for 2013 profile…

London band To Kill a King are winding up to their debut record in fine fashion. Having just returned from their first trip across the channel to Europe in support of Californian act Two Gallants, they’re gearing up to making 2013 a big one.

Coming in somewhere between the National and Bombay Bicycle Club, the four-piece saw the release of their latest EP, ‘Word of Mouth’ in October, which led them make a big step forward in terms of power. They’ve got the kind of sound that made Arcade Fire’s ‘Funeral’ both easy listening and powerful, whilst channelling the same dark sound that fuels ‘Neon Bible’. In no way would I suggest that they’re the next Arcade Fire, but with the aesthetic of Mumford and Sons, they may well find a route to success anyway.

Acts like Spring Offensive, Dog is Dead and even to an extent Bastille are all coming through with a sound rooted in happy sounds portraying an often darker subject matter. It’s the sound of a world refusing to admit its decline and with more acts pushing through, it can be hard to sift the bad from the good. But the catalogue To Kill a King are slowly building nails the sound to the wall as the benchmark for any artists looking to break through this year.

Sound good? Check out the short series of videos they made on YouTube doing recorded sessions with friends on lead-singer Ralph’s balcony. They’re aptly named the Ralph’s Balcony Episodes, or check out the video for ‘Funeral’ below, taken from the ‘Word of Mouth’ EP. Either way, you’ll be seeing their sideways chess piece scattered about for the next year anyway.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t23KCx5V65Q[/youtube]

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4 Responses

4:05 pm
7th December 2012

RT @tgtf: from earlier on @tgtf: New post: 10 for 2013: #8 – To Kill a King @ToKillAKingUK: http://t.co/xzvCyHEo

4:06 pm
7th December 2012

@tgtf Thanks for this, well written!

4:31 pm
7th December 2012

you’re very welcome! that would be the work of @BradenF. “@ToKillAKingUK: @tgtf Thanks for this, well written!”

4:40 pm
7th December 2012

RT @tgtf: from earlier on @tgtf: New post: 10 for 2013: #8 – To Kill a King @ToKillAKingUK: http://t.co/xzvCyHEo

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