On the 18th of October, my photographer and I ventured down to Brighton for the first time to shoot and review the first show of To Kill A King’s biggest headline tour to date. The brighton venue Audio was packed with talented musicians and loved-up fans. It was an incredible spectacle and the amount of talent was summed up by frontman Ralph at the end of the night saying – “we’re very lucky to have been able to choose our support artists for the first time tonight…”.
The gig was opened by singer/songwriter Chris Simmons, who had just returned to the UK after touring Europe with Passenger. He played his four track self-titled EP in full with highlights including ‘My Last Charade’ and an incredible acoustic cover of ‘Kids’, originally by MGMT. I was lucky enough to get a few words with Chris after his set where he made it very clear how lucky he felt to have toured with Passenger and to be touring with To Kill A King – “The Passenger shows were a massive shot in the arm for me, in Europe especially… The next single (The Occupant) is out on 26th November so I’m looking to build on that momentum now with this next new track”.
Next, we heard Keston Cobblers’ Club, a 5-piece band of multi-instrumentalists from London. If you haven’t heard of them, their sound is reminiscent of early Arcade Fire and they feature one the best looking lineups you’ll ever come across. There was an incredible chemistry between them throughout their show and it was obvious that KCC have had to work a great deal to get to where they are today. With an incredible array of strange and unique instruments, I would definitely recommend seeing these guys live. The CD sleeve for their EP “Scene of Plenty” turns into a train set complete with fold out character pieces that shows just how quirky and fun this band are. You’ll get 5 incredible tracks to listen to as you play with your brand new train-set!
Finally, it was time to witness To Kill A King.
‘Fictional State’, their opener, was plagued with sound and lighting problems, but it still came across incredibly. Having replaced his faulty guitar with a keyboard fill, Ralph stands over the crowd and announces, “My guitar should be filled this vacuum. Please imagine it”. On the first night of your tour, it’s a real shame to have the parts of your songs that are meant to be silent filled with feedback from the faulty speakers, but the band dealt with it brilliantly. It didn’t affect them whatsoever.
Check out the full interview with To Kill A King interview at : http://kickstartrecordsuk.tumblr.com/post/64615052429/to-kill-a-king-exclusive-interview-april-2013
Words by Sam Dibley blogger for : http://kickstartrecordsuk.tumblr.com