King KIng Album Reaching For The Light
King King
Manhaton Records – Release Date 5th May 2015

Double excitement King King are back on the road touring the UK Early Spring 2015 and there is the tantalizing buzz of their highly anticipated third studio album, Reaching For The Light; an album of nine hot tracks that will defy you to press skip or put on a random play list. The album will be released on 5th May 2015 on Manhaton Records; this is an album that will keep King King as leaders of the pack.

“We’re really proud of this album,” says front man Alan Nimmo. “It’s faster, louder, more energetic and more exciting. It’s got the potential to blow the roof off.”
Two years may have passed since the Glasgow outfit’s all-conquering second album, Standing In The Shadows, established them as pack-leaders of the British scene, but Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keyboards) have barely cooled their heels or left the headlines.

“It’s short, sharp and exciting,” notes Alan of opening track Hurricane, “and it’s got that edge. Starting an album with that song, you know that we mean business.”

Indeed, Hurricane sets the tone for an album that hits hard. “I’d say there’s a natural progression from Standing In The Shadows,” explains Alan, “but on this album, we were delving more into a classic rock style. I grew up listening to bands like Free, Bad Company, early Whitesnake and Thunder. All of those influences were starting to show during Standing In The Shadows and now they’re really coming through. We’ve always had tunes that were smoldering and soulful. Now, there’s stuff that’s a bit faster-paced, too.”

This new album is no one-trick pony. Tracking at the Superfly Studios in Nottinghamshire, snatching days between tour commitments, the band’s group songwriting ran the gamut, from the gospel-inflected beauty of Lay With Me to the funk-rock flavours of Crazy.

“Everyone puts in their input and influences,” says Alan. “Bob is a big Janis Joplin fan, Wayne likes Genesis, and Lindsay comes from the background of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and all these obscure country bands. So there’s a great mixture in there. And after spending so much time on the road together, we’ve got real chemistry too. This band is like a gang. And that’s how it has to be.”

The dynamic musicianship, meanwhile, is bolstered by lyrics that are heartfelt and raw.

“Each song has a personal meaning, drawn from my own experience,” explains Alan. “I actually wrote the lyrics to Rush Hour when I was sixteen, about the pressures of life, but then I didn’t touch it again until now, when I tracked it down and finished it off. Hurricane is about when someone comes in to your life and leaves again, leaving you feeling like you’ve been bulldozed and you want more! You Stopped The Rain is a sadder story: I wrote the lyrics when my brother had cancer in his throat a few years back, and had an operation. The worry that came with that for everyone was distressing. Obviously, you find a way to ease things, and luckily enough, I get to write about these things through songs.”

In 2015, with so many bands seemingly content to settle for transient throwaway pop, Reaching For The Light is real music: an album to soundtrack the good times and soothe you during the bad. Of course, King King will take all the plaudits, sales and awards statuettes you care to sling their way – but that’s not the objective.

“We all want to take this band as far as we can,” says Alan. “You want to sell as many albums as possible, and anyone who says they don’t enjoy five-star reviews is lying. But most important is that we’ve got a great album that people can listen to and enjoy. That’s what really matters – and that’s the truth.”

MUSICIANS

Alan Nimmo – Guitars, vocals
Lindsay Coulson – Bass
Wayne Proctor – Drums
Bob Fridzema – Keyboards

REACHING FOR THE LIGHT – TRACKLISTING

1. Hurricane
2. You Stopped The Rain
3. I’m Waking Up
4. Rush Hour
5. Crazy
6. Lay With Me
7. Just A Little Lie
8. Take A Look
9. Stranger To Love

TOUR DATES – Book Online: Gig Cartel TICKETS Selling fast venues ALREADY SOLD OUT
NEW DATE – ALBUM LAUNCH:
LONDON JAZZ CAFÉ – Wednesday 6th May 2015 – Tickets: £16.00 / Box Office: 0207 485 6834

BREWERY ARTS CENTRE, KENDALL – Thursday 19th February 2015
Tickets £15.00 / 01539 725133

DRILL HALL, LINCOLN – Friday 20th February 2015
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01522 873894

LIVE ROOMS, CHESTER – Saturday 21st February 2015
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01244 317171

RESCUE ROOMS, NOTTINGHAM – Sunday 22nd February 2015
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 0115 828 3173

PIER SOUTHERN PAVILLION, WORTHING – Wednesday 25th February 2015
Tickets: £16:00 / Box Office: 0800 093 5337

LEAMINGTON SPA ASSEMBLY, LEAMINGTON SPA – Thursday 26th February 2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 0844 854 1358

ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY – Friday 27th February 2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01635 244246

STABLES SOLD OUT, MILTON KEYNES – Saturday 28th February 2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01908 280800

THE BOWERY DISTRICT, READING – Sunday 1st March 2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01189 595 395

TALKING HEADS, SOUTHAMPTON – Wednesday 4th March 2015
Tickets £15 / Box Office: 02380 678446

BORDERLINE , LONDON SOLD OUT – Thursday 5th March 2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 020 7734 5547

PHOENIX, EXETER – Friday 6th March 2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01392 667080

ROBIN, BILSTON – Saturday 7th March 2015
Tickets £15 / Box Office: 01902 401211

THE GLOBE, CARDIFF – Sunday 8th March 2015
Tickets £15 / Box Office: 08444 780 898

EPIC, NORWICH – Thursday 12th March 2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01603 727 727

CITY HALL BALLROOM, SHEFFIELD – Friday 13th March 2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01442 789 789

BAND ON THE WALL, MANCHESTER – Saturday 14th March 2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 0845 2 500 500

WARDROBE, LEEDS – Wednesday 18th March 2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01133 838 800

SAGE, GATESHEAD – Thursday 19th March 2015 – Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 0191 443 4661

ARC, STOCKTON – Friday 20th March 2015 – Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01642 525 199

O2 ABC, GLASGOW – Saturday 21st March 2015 – Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 0141 332 2232

ABERDEEN THE LEMON TREE Sunday 22nd March 2015 – Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01224 337 688

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