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Fast Five: These Kings



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

We (Alex and Sam) had been buddies for a while but never thought about getting into a band, then we went into Burger King one of the days and saw Liam and Tom sharing a burger and thought they were cool guys. They’d cropped up now and again and we got chatting and figured we all liked music, and played instruments, so decided we’d make a band. The name came about because we were in Burger King, and that’s all the “Kings” part is really.

How would you describe your music?

We don’t know. We’ve been called so many things, mainly Prog-Rock and people like to call us Math too because of our b-side There’s a Light in that Pile of Snow. We’ve had names thrown at us like
“ambient indie” and “post-post-punk” too, so it’s all one big sound. We’re loose in terms of sound. Whatever sounds good.

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

We released our first single Home with the b-side There’s a Light in that Pile of Snow in March and we got some sick feedback on that, then we just got back to jamming and practicing and writing
and we’ve been doing so for the past 5 or so months. We’re releasing an EP in September which we recorded with the same guy and that’s sounding pretty sweet, we tried to layer it far more than Home and it’s turned out well. In between that we’ve gigged around the country a lot and just enjoyed writing new stuff.

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

We’re all big fans of Bombay Bicycle Club so probably Jack Steadman. He’s got an incredible talent of songwriting and his vocals are insane too, especially on Still. When we saw it live it brought
us all to tears. We had to be consoled. But definitely Jack, he’s awesome. Him, Takashi Kashikura or Snoop Lion.

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

Well, all of us listen to such diverse sounds. Our drummer Tom loves 60’s Pop and uk top 10 music like David Guetta, our singer Liam swears by RHCP, our bassist Sam (aka Spete) is into Spector, Purity Ring and Linkin Park at the moment, and Alex our guitarist is into Toe, B-Dolan, Radiohead, Vessels and Alt-J. So it’s super hard to choose.

But I think the Album The Book About My Idle Plot On A Vague Anxiety by Toe. This album changed my perception on how a band, not just one person or a single instrument, can create the most beautiful sounds ever. So just listen to Kodoku No Hatsumei and love life.  Also, it’s extra cool for being Japanese, Math and Instrumental.

(answers by Alex)