To Kill A King @ Bestival
This is the third part of a week long series profiling our picks for Bestival 2015. You can check out all 5 acts now in rather fancier form on this standalone web page: http://bit.ly/hmcmb-bestival-2015 (go on, take a look). Or, you can stick to the good old fashioned blog where there will be a post a day through out the week.
Cannibals with Cutlery was To Kill A King’s criminally-underated debut album, a striking commentary on modern life. Urban folk that swung between dark apathy and haunting passion. It balanced solace and longing against hope and individualism. All set against musical arrangements that ranged from the orchestral to the stompingly simple. Yet, it didn’t provide the springboard onto bigger things that it deserved.
There’s been a reshuffle and another album since then. Whereas Cannibals with Cutlery was dipped in nostalgia, To Kill A King has been plunged into the waters of yesteryear. Compare Scars is a familiarly punchy opener. Love Is Not Control offers a wistful lament on life and love: “Your eyes on gold and your heart’s on gold / You tripped her in, you clipped her wings / No love, no joy, no can, no soul”. The Chancer explores a different sound but remains shot with solemnity. Thing take a softer turn as the album plays out, reminding us “its not the cards you’re dealt but only just the way they’re held”.
When they played Bestival in 2013 they were exceptional. The record was introspective. The show impassioned. It will be intriguing to hear how the second album translates to the stage but there’s little doubt their inner showmanship will shine through once again.