To Kill a King – Under the Purple Spotlight

Posted on 21 July 2011
By Matt Barden
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To Kill a King, the five-piece band hailing from London and Leeds, are gearing up to take their folk/rock sound across the UK.

The band began to take form at Leeds Uni, where song writer Ralph Pollymounter met bass-player Josh Platman. Picking up Jon Willoughby, Ian Dudfield and Ben Jackson along their musical travels, the band was formed.

The music is lyrically heavy; Pollymounter draws on various themes and ideas to paint detailed lyrical landscapes, and has drawn comparisons to the literary influenced songs of Mumford & Sons.

In 2008 the boys moved down to the Big Smoke and Ralph says the change in surroundings led to a change in their sound, ‘We got a bit darker and heavier.’

After recording Cold Skin and Fictional State they signed with Virgin/EMI and are currently preparing for their debut album with producers Jim Abiss (Artic Monkeys, Ladytron) and Andy Green (Keane, KT Tunstall).

“It’s early days,” they say, “but we’re building this strong, genuine body of work and that’s really exciting.”

The music is a harmonious, raw, foot stompin’ affair. They have been compared to everyone from Arcade Fire to The Macabees, but that is where it stops.

To Kill a King have found their own sound, and while it is easy to label a band ‘The Next’ whoever, TKAK have the depth and talent to push on from that and find their own niche in the musical landscape.

Catch the lads live at;

Jul 27 The Relentless Garage London – 19:00
Aug 12 LeeFest Bromley – 19:00
Sep 10 Harvest at Jimmy’s, Suffolk – 19:00
Oct 15 The Fleece, Bristol – 19:00

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