King King are easily Britain’s hardest working blues-rock band. Ahead of ‘Exile & Grace’, their fourth studio album in six years, and their biggest nationwide tour yet, singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo discusses the band’s next natural move, getting an audience to relax, vocalists he admires, and the best guitar solo ever.
King King have released the lead single from their forthcoming album ‘Exile & Grace’, set to be released in October and supported by their biggest UK tour yet – including a show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 18 October.
‘(She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ – mixed by Chris Sheldon of Foo Fighters, Feeder, and Therapy fame – is the first new music from the band since 2015’s ‘Reaching For The Light’ LP and suggests a change in direction for the quartet.
King King | Islington Assembly Hall | 29 November 2016
Photo credit: Laurence Harvey
Alan Nimmo is under strict doctor’s orders to look after his voice. But, just a few songs into King King’s enthusiastic London appearance, the natural showman just can’t resist leading an already fired-up crowd through the lung-bursting “wooah wooah” of a joyous ‘Rush Hour’.
And, despite the recent vocal condition that’s forced the frontman to postpone a series of UK dates, he’s having as good a time as the audience. Sure, Nimmo’s dance moves don’t rival those of the punter at the back who spends the entire two-hour show seemingly auditioning for ‘Saturday Night Fever’, but the Scotsman’s performance is no less energetic or committed.
King King | King King Live | 8/10
Photo credit: Laurence Harvey
“Look at that,” laughs Alan Nimmo, addressing the audience just seconds into ‘King King Live’. “You came.”
They certainly did – all 1362 of them at Glasgow’s O2 ABC to welcome the band home. Oh, and cheer their lungs out. And wolf whistle and whoop and clap. And sing along – loudly – to blues rock anthems like the majestic ‘Rush Hour’ and hot-as-hell ‘Crazy’.
King King are headed out on a nationwide UK tour in November with Broken Witt Rebels in tow.
The trek culminates in a show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on 29 November 2016.
“We’re determined to take King King to new heights,” says frontman Alan Nimmo. “We enjoy winning over new fans who’ve discovered us for the very first time.
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Dan Patlansky calls them the blues police. Men of a certain age who consider only traditional blues the real deal.
“As soon as you start changing your style to something with a slightly more modern edge, those guys just don’t believe in it,” explains the singer and guitarist. “All my music comes from the blues but it’s got a lot of other influences in there – be it classic rock, funk, soul, or jazz – because for me the most important thing is to follow your gut. Then the music is most honest, and as soon as the music’s honest and you’re passionate about that music, you’ve got the best chance at some sort of success with it.”
King King have been announced as the support band for Thunder’s February 2016 UK arena tour, which includes a London stop.
The British blues rock band will be joining their hard rock countrymen at Wembley Arena on 20 February 2016, just a few months after they hit the capital on their own headlining tour.