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Video of the Moment #657: The King Blues

 
By on Thursday, 15th December 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Here’s the new video from the King Blues for ‘Does Anybody Care About Us’, from their ‘Punk and Poetry’ album that Luke reviewed for us in April. The single will be released digitally on the 12th of February 2012.

If one of the YouTube commenters is to believed, it was actually snowing/sleeting the day this was filmed in Manchester. (And here I was, thinking it was just all CGI effects…)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8ecLy9axAQ[/youtube]

 

The King Blues / November 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd June 2011 at 9:00 am
 

Come November the King Blues will be touring the UK. Tickets are on sale now.

Read Luke’s review of the band’s latest album, ‘Punk & Poetry’, here.

Wednesday 2nd November 2011 – London Roundhouse
Thursday 3rd November 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 4th November 2011 – Manchester Academy 2
Saturday 5th November 2011 – Glasgow Arches
Monday 7th November 2011 – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 8th November 2011 – Exeter Lemon Grove

 

Album Review: The King Blues – Punk & Poetry

 
By on Wednesday, 20th April 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

A lot has changed since 2008 when the King Blues released their second LP, ‘Save The World, Get The Girl’. The country is now ruled by a new coalition government, student fees are at the dizzying amount of £9000 a year,and next month, the whole way we vote as a country could change. These events have led to the King Blues writing the passionate, and at times angry album, ‘Punk & Poetry’.

Whilst the country was slowly falling apart due to new governments, bankers, MP’s expenses and cuts to services, the King Blues were going through a transformation of their own. Band members Fruitbag, Jim Parmley, Johnny Rich and Al Gunby all left the punk rock outfit last year. They were also dropped from record label Field Recordings. However, the band quickly found new members and were signed to Transmission Recordings. All of these instances have ultimately led to the new record.

Despite consisting of 12 tracks, the album is only half an hour long. With no track breaking the 4-minute barrier and a number of sub-minute interludes, the LP is an angst filled journey through lead singer Itch’s subconscious. Whether it’s about taking down the government, his wife falling pregnant or internet porn, Itch’s lyrics are the backbone to the album.

Opening with ‘The Last Of The Dreamers’, Itch dedicates the album to practically everyone, including soldiers, babies and outcasts. This then fades into the very punk ‘We Are Fucking Angry’. The first political anthem on this anti-establishment record, it’s almost been crafted to be screamed live by thousands of hungry fans. The song, at times, moves into the world of reggae which provides welcome relief and the fulfills any desire you may have to skank.

Quickly following this is the current single, ‘Set The World On Fire’. Not as heavy as the previous track but still with a message behind it. It’s slightly more radio-friendly but is still charged with negativity toward the government with such lyrics as “I wanna set the world on fire!” and “I only followed the mob to lynch the Prime Minister”. The song is almost infectious in its catchiness and will stick with you all day, which is what makes the song a perfect single.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLnKKkglQr0[/youtube]

The King Blues have managed to harness the power of writing catchy songs for the majority of the album. Songs such as ‘I Want You’ and ‘Does Anybody Care About Us?’ at times feel like pop hits until you hear Itch’s unique voice and the underlying ska-punk element.

The lyrics, though, are what make this album so interesting. The music is a mesh of hardcore punk, ska, reggae and pop-punk from start to finish, but it’s Itch’s way with words which lifts this album above other politically-focused albums. Itch is known for his poetry and spoken-word performances, so his command of the English language leads to some fantastic lyrics, packed with pop-culture references. The track ‘Sex Education’ is possibly the first punk song to reference the infamous Two Girls One Cup video, and ‘I Want You’ even mentions Robson and Jerome.

The album ends on more of an emotional note. Despite the King Blues being the voice of the politically active youth, life means more to them than fighting the system. ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’ is a much slower song compared to the rest of the album and strays away from talk of the government. Based around the idea of fate, the song is about how you can’t control what happens in your life, it also mentions Itch’s wife falling pregnant last year. It’s the gratuitous ballad that every album needs, except this one is so chilled and emotive it’s a heart-warming way to end a record which started by getting the blood pumping. Overall, ‘Punk & Poetry’ is a journey, one which you need to take over and over again.

9/10

‘Punk & Poetry’ is out now.

 

Bands To Watch #208: The King Blues

 
By on Monday, 11th April 2011 at 11:00 am
 

If you’re a fan of the underground UK punk scene, you must surely be aware of the King Blues. The politically active ska punk five-piece have been skanking, protesting and chanting their way all over the world to deliver their message of unity and solidarity.

Influenced by the likes of the Clash, Public Enemy and the Specials, the King Blues have been likened to bands such as Sonic Boom Six and the Skints. Their debut album ‘Under The Fog’ was released in 2006 and created a cult following for the north Londoners almost instantly. Featuring such political anthems as ‘The Sound Of Revolt’ and ‘Chimp In A 3-Piece Suit’, the message of the band was clear – the country is fucked. The single ‘Mr. Music Man’ was also voted best punk song of the year by Radio1 in 2006.

Over the past 5 years, the band have expanded from a group of radicals to a band with a voice: a voice which is echoed by people all over the country. Despite being best known for their poppier ‘Save The World, Get The Girl’, it’s the King Blues’ lesser-known tracks that the band really flourish. Lead vocalist Itch can make you think more about politics in a three-minute song than a three-hour law lecture.

Their upcoming album, ‘Punk & Poetry’ is set for release on the 18th of April. The band released its first single, ‘Headbutt’, last year and released their new single ‘Set The World On Fire’ this past Sunday (promo video below). Judging by the single, the band have got more to say about the state of the UK, the class system and the government. A call which their fans will heed in their thousands.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLnKKkglQr0[/youtube]

 

Preview: Camden Crawl 2011

 
By on Friday, 25th February 2011 at 11:00 am
 

Camden Crawl 2011 will be taking place right smack dab up against the royal nuptials, but judging from the line-up, the organisers are taking this in their stride. The initial evening line-up announcement was made earlier this week, with St. Etienne, Toddla T, Hadouken, the Kings Blues and Villagers (pictured above) revealed as headliners. Bands championed by TGTF including Frankie and the Heartstrings, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Johnny Foreigner, Little Comets, cocknbullkid and Dinosaur Pile-Up are also scheduled to appear.

Early bird and VIP weekend tickets are now sold out, but a weekend ticket is available for £63.50 not including booking and transaction fees and Saturday or Sunday single tickets are £39.50 not including booking and transaction fees. They can be purchased online here or at selected HMV stores around the UK, more details here.

For a full listing of the line-up announced so far, click under the cut.
Continue reading Preview: Camden Crawl 2011

 

The King Blues / November 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 13th July 2010 at 8:00 am
 

The King Blues have announced another UK tour – catch them at:

Tuesday 9th November 2010 – Brighton Concord 2
Wednesday 10th November 2010 – Bristol Bierkeller
Friday 12th November 2010 – Birmingham Academy 2
Saturday 13th November 2010 – Leeds Met Uni
Sunday 14th November 2010 – Wrexham Central Station
Monday 15th November 2010 – Newcastle Academy 2
Tuesday 16th November 2010 – Glasgow King Tuts
Thursday 18th November 2010 – Manchester Academy 2
Friday 19th November 2010 – London Koko

 
 
 

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