The Rescue Rooms archives: 2015

King King & Laurence Jones , King King & Laurence Jones Live At Rescue Rooms

  • Sunday 22nd February 2015
  • Supported by: TBC




Make no mistake about it - this is a band on a mission. Fronted by Glasgow blues luminary Alan Nimmo, King King has crammed an epic history into it's four years. 

Performances for BBC Radio 2 within the sanctity of The Maida Vale Studios, the release of a consummate debut album to effusive critical acclaim, a tour schedule which has seen them scorching stages across the UK and Europe... These boys have caused a serious stir. 

As such, the King King mantelpiece has found itself increasingly overcrowded, most recently taking delivery of highly coveted gongs for 

'Best British Blues Band' and 'Best Blues Album' courtesy of the British Blues Awards. There's little doubt that they will soon be making room for more. 

Early reviews have been lavish in their praise for 'Standing in the Shadows', an album which seems almost ironically titled by a band best encountered under a spotlight. 

Henry Yates of Classic Rock Blues got in an early listen and instantly decreed: "They’ve nailed it. Aced it. Knocked it out of the park, just as you knew they would.... King King are the hottest draw in British blues-rock." 

Released on Manhaton Records, the album is wildly gratifying jaunt which leaves listeners in no doubt that they are in possession of something very special indeed. 

Standing in the Shadows is primarily self-penned, swinging through moods and switching pace and style with absolute confidence, to spectacular effect. This will come as no surprise to those familiar with the unanimously revered debut 'Take My Hand', referred to by Maverick Magazine as “terrific, tremendous”. 

Whilst Blues Matters noted that “when it comes to the high-rolling wave of British blues, they are riding way above the surf”. 

Around this time, veteran BBC presenter and Blues Band icon Paul Jones was moved to remark: “Here at Radio 2, we think Alan Nimmo and King King are going to go all the way.” Also bitten by the King King bug was blues oracle Pete Feenstra, who rather unambiguously described the band as: "One of the most explosive rock/blues/funk bands on the planet." 

King King was created at the behest of the aformentioned Nimmo and longterm cohort, bassist Lindsay Coulson - a pairing which stretches back long enough to result in the kind of chemistry impossible to manufacture. The addition of keyboard wizard Bennett Holland and award winning drummer Wayne Proctor has spawned a rollicking monster of a band which manages to maintain an irresistible edge of mischief despite the indecent amounts of talent and skill in evidence. 

The band continues to forge it's own way with ferocity and finesse, a supersensory connection and a cocktail of influences, with an instantly recognisable and infectious sound which the growing fanbase can't get enough of. 

Electrifying live performances are a King King trademark, and their meteoric success has been in no small part fuelled by a tour and festival calendar which would make lesser bands dizzy. 

Aside from a full throttle series of live shows across the UK and Europe, including highly successful tours of Sweden and Germany, the boys have also caused a commotion at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the internationally acclaimed Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival in Peer and even Glastonbury, amongst others. 2013's gig schedule is already showing a pleasing hint of lunacy, which can only be considered a very, very good thing. 


So the King King juggernaut thunders on, and we can be certain of one thing - there's never been a better time to get on board. 

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