Bands To Watch #208: The King Blues

By on Monday, 11th April 2011 at 11:00 am

If you’re a fan of the underground UK punk scene, you must surely be aware of the King Blues. The politically active ska punk five-piece have been skanking, protesting and chanting their way all over the world to deliver their message of unity and solidarity.

Influenced by the likes of the Clash, Public Enemy and the Specials, the King Blues have been likened to bands such as Sonic Boom Six and the Skints. Their debut album ‘Under The Fog’ was released in 2006 and created a cult following for the north Londoners almost instantly. Featuring such political anthems as ‘The Sound Of Revolt’ and ‘Chimp In A 3-Piece Suit’, the message of the band was clear – the country is fucked. The single ‘Mr. Music Man’ was also voted best punk song of the year by Radio1 in 2006.

Over the past 5 years, the band have expanded from a group of radicals to a band with a voice: a voice which is echoed by people all over the country. Despite being best known for their poppier ‘Save The World, Get The Girl’, it’s the King Blues’ lesser-known tracks that the band really flourish. Lead vocalist Itch can make you think more about politics in a three-minute song than a three-hour law lecture.

Their upcoming album, ‘Punk & Poetry’ is set for release on the 18th of April. The band released its first single, ‘Headbutt’, last year and released their new single ‘Set The World On Fire’ this past Sunday (promo video below). Judging by the single, the band have got more to say about the state of the UK, the class system and the government. A call which their fans will heed in their thousands.


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