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OUT TODAY: Hawaiian Blues Rockers Kings of Spade Release Dave-Cobb Produced LP

OUT TODAY:

KINGS OF SPADE

Hear the Hawaiian Blues Rockers’

Dave Cobb-Produced Album in Full

On Tour Now!

“…filled with all the angst and energy of someone made to feel afraid of coming out finally finding their power” – Alt Press

“…a 70’s soul fueled barrage of party ready funk with plenty of falsetto” – If It’s Too Loud

“…further cementing their reputation for boozy, power chord centered, riff-based rock.” The Joy of Violent Movement

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Hawaiian by birth, southern by sound: Kings of Spade’s gritty, whiskey-soaked swagger is on full display throughout their new self-titled album, out today via Soundly. Kings of Spade, produced by Nashville favorite Dave Cobb, perfectly displays the band’s balance between sheer power, emotion, and the ability to throw down and have a good time. It’s classic, volume-to-eleven rock’n’roll, accented by lead singer KC’s powerhouse soul-filled vocals.

Just in time for the release of the album, Kings of Spade have made their way over to the continental US and are in the midst of a batch of tour dates – see below for details.

Catch Kings of Spade Live:
10/20 – Washington, DC – Tropicalia
10/23 – New York City, NY – Arlene’s Grocery
10/26 – Battle Creek, MI – Music Factory
10/28 – Indianapolis, IN – Melody Inn
10/30 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Revival Revival Room
10/31 – Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music
11/11 – Honolulu, HI – The Republik
12/31 – Kahuku, HI – Surfer the Bar

MORE ON KINGS OF SPADE:
It was 2006, and the band from Honolulu moved to Los Angeles to chase their dreams. But the jungle, as we’ve learned, isn’t always so welcoming. Singer KC and drummer Matt Kato were barely scraping by. So they decided to sell their blood for money. “Everyone at the clinic looked down-on-their-luck,” KC remembers, laughing. “I was hooked up to a plasma machine reading the self-help books there. This was the lowest point of my life.”

A majority of the feisty anthems on the group’s new full-length, Kings of Spade (Oct 19th, 2018, Soundly Music), comes from simply not letting tough times kick them down. Produced by Grammy-winner Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Judah and the Lion, Chris Stapleton), their output (guitarist Jesse Savio and bassist Tim Corker rounds out the band) is at turns soulful and rollicking—never complacent, never dull, always sincere.

Kings of Spade’s first single is “Way She Goes.” Though buoyant, falsetto’d, and highly danceable, it’s about the pitfalls of queer romance. “I’ve never had a lesbian girlfriend,” KC says. “It’s always a straight girl wondering why they’re attracted to me. This song is about that chase.” The sleight of hand underlying Kings of Spade’s work is that their songs manage to feel like punch-the-sky singalongs, despite being effortlessly personal, often bordering on cathartic. The banshee wail and grimy riffs of “San Antone” and the Joplin-esque, slinky blues of “Mess of Me,” for instance, are a more lovesick “Way She Goes”.

“I was this somber, closeted queer kid who felt soul and blues music,” says KC, who grew up on everything from Aretha Franklin to Creedence Clearwater Revival. She had no designs on being a singer until, one day, while bartending at Anna Bananas in Honolulu, the house band pulled her up on stage to sing. “They started playing Sweet Child O’ mine,” she says. “I started singing and was like, ‘Hey, I sound pretty good.’”

After teaming up with guitarist Jesse and recruiting local punk-rocker Matt on drums and Tim on bass, KC took it upon herself to book club shows that featured Kings of Space alongside local DJs, artists, and other bands. After amassing a decent following, they left for California, returned to Hawaii, and then back to LA years later after former MTV VJ Riki Rachtman caught them at SXSW—“Your singer’s fucking incredible,” he told Jesse—and booked them an enviable slot in a show commemorating the 30th anniversary of his old metal club, the Cathouse. (It once gave rise to, yes, Guns N’ Roses.)

They recorded Kings of Spade over two weeks in Nashville with Dave Cobb. “He produced a band I like, The Rival Sons, which had this old-school sound with modern energy—like, analog-tape soul built into it,” Jesse says, admiringly. Not one to disappoint, Dave used a vintage Mellotron keyboard to give the crunchy “Take Me” its intriguingly simmering comedown. Marvels KC, “We’d never seen that stuff before….”

Typically, as with “Way She Goes,” Jesse brings ideas to the band, and they collectively decide if it’s a good fit. KC explains, “Eventually the vibe of the song will spark a memory. Then I write the lyrics.” Those soulful memories she conjures are the deceiving gut-punches that make Kings of Spade so dimensionally potent.

There’s no better example of this than “Strange Bird”—all Zeppelin riffs and stellar vocal gymnastics—which, in reality, chronicles KC’s heart-breaking coming-out story. “I was in second grade and told a girl in school that I liked her,” she says. By the time she walked home from school, her furious mother, who was very religious, cut-off her tomboyish rattail and told her daughter that she’d be wearing dresses from now on. “I had to go to school like that the next day,” says KC, who notes that her mom has since come around. “It was super-traumatic, but I learned to hide it. Inside, I felt like I was dying. I had suicidal thoughts.”

Kings of Spade’s music sounds so alive, because rock and roll actually saved KC. “I slowly turned into somebody who had the confidence to be myself,” she says, “rock my colors.” Turns out, those colors are electric. Says Jesse: “There’s this amazing energy that comes off her when she’s singing. It hits you in your sternum.”

KINGS OF SPADE Tracklist:

  1. Way She Goes
  2. San Antone
  3. Strange Bird
  4. Take Me
  5. Mess of Me
  6. Sweet
  7. This Child
  8. Bottoms Up
  9. The Fight
  10. Lost

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