KING KINGThursday 10 May 2018
7:30pm - 10:30pm
Right now, King King are a band breaking into a swagger. There’s no denying the momentum of the Glasgow rockers saluted as “the best blues-rock band in the world” (Blues Rock Review) – but for Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and new keyboard player Jonny Dyke, it’s far from mission accomplished. “We’re not stopping to smell the roses,” says Alan. “We want to take this band as far as we can.”
In another year of quantum leaps, perhaps the main event in 2017 is Exile & Grace, released October 6th. “There’s an underlying theme on this fourth album,” explains Alan. “Some of the main songs are about the state of the world, y’know, this beautiful blue planet that’s turning into a battlefield. There’s an edgier, rockier feel this time around, but you’ve got the soulful ballads as well. It’s still King King. It’s just what we’re doing now.”
Exile & Grace is sure to give King King’s set lists a shot in the arm, as the band roll out on a white-knuckle live itinerary in 2017 that takes in summer festival and European dates, plus their biggest UK tour so far. “We decided to take that leap,” reflects Alan. “We just need to believe in that old adage from Wayne’s World – if you build it, they will come. I think we’ve got the ambition and the drive to make it work.”
Anyone who has caught King King live in recent times will vouch for their ability to conquer any venue. In 2016, the band’s schedule took them everywhere from Mumbai’s Mahindra Festival to five UK arena shows with hard-rock heroes, Thunder. “To walk onstage and say, ‘Hello Wembley!’” reflects Alan, “that was a dream come true.”
The creative bar might be set sky-high, but in 2017, Exile & Grace will raise it, consolidating King King’s status as studio alchemists and turning up the heat whenever they deploy these songs on the stage. “I really believe in this album,” says Alan. “I suppose we were reaching for the light on the last album, and now we’re trying to grab hold of it. This is the next chapter in King King’s journey – and we want to take this band as far as we can!”
On Monday 2nd October 2017, King King officially announced that Jonny Dyke (ex-James Morrison, Elkie Brooks) had joined King King on Hammond organ and piano on a permanent basis. Dyke replaced keyboardist Bob Fridzema, and starts touring with King King from October 2017 onwards.
King King will be supported by Steve Hill, 2015 Juno Award Winner for Blues Album of The Year. When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. The truest definition of a one-man band; Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach. An overnight sensation 20 years in the making, Steve Hill is an ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with on the Canadian and international blues-rock scene.
“The one-man band style has made him the top star in the Canadian blues scene right now.”
Bob Mersereau, CBC on Steve Hill
Running Time: Support: 40 mins, King King 90 mins