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Fast Five: All The Queen’s Ravens

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How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?

All The Queen’s Ravens is based on the legend of the ravens in the Tower of London. King Charles II kept the birds with their wings clipped in the in the fear that if they were to fly away, the Empire would fall. We rather liked that. A couple of band members also do pretty good bird impressions.

Vocalists Laura and Charlotte met guitarist Luke on boat and started sharing ideas. After a few different outfits we are now a six-piece; this band has a brilliant chemistry on a personal and creative level – it feels right.

How would you describe your music?

Gypsy Fleetwood Mac? Glitterball Folk? Flamencobilly? It’s all been said! It’s quite an unusual sound, but influences come from folk, flamenco and pop, with blues and country too. The band is fronted by two leading ladies who dress and sing HOT, with intricate but powerful harmonies flitting between in Spanish and English, backed by melodic acoustic guitar, mandolin, percussion and double bass. All material is original, and you can expect driving, passionate pop songs or pin-drop moments with delicate Spanish vocals and guitar.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

Our biggest news is the release of the new album, Hearts for Judas. It feels amazing to have this out. We love to gig, we’re very much a live band, and have played at some of London’s most prominent venues including The Borderline and The Barfly. In the coming months the band will be working hard to gig Hearts for Judas, focusing more on our UK-wide audience, and writing, always writing.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

The Punch Brothers? The hottest acoustic band in the world right now. It would sound like some sort of crazy Bach-infused Spanish gypsy hoedown orchestra. We’re game.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Anything by Kate Bush. This is for really the sanity and safety of the whole band – Charlotte, vocalist, would be a dangerous individual without it.

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