10 for 2013 Interview: Ralph Pelleymounter of To Kill a King

By on Thursday, 20th December 2012 at 3:30 pm

London-based To Kill a King placed eighth on our 10 for 2013 countdown as voted by you TGTF readers. Leader Ralph Pelleymounter kindly answered some questions our London writer Braden came up for him.

Earlier in the year, you released the ‘Word of Mouth’ EP. How did it come about and how does it reflect in comparison to music you’ve got in the works?

Well, ‘Word of Mouth’ is essentially a live EP, so the album that’s coming out in February has all the extra we can’t do live – strings/brass/extra vocals – but it is all in the same vein.

The series of videos filmed on Ralph’s Balcony (being sold now as a charity compilation – details here) proved to be quite popular. Why did you decide to do them and how was it working with your friends in the making of them?
It was an idea I had in January, it was so much fun, we really just organised things as we went along. Concluding in that grand finale which I still can’t believe we pulled off.

There’s been a lot of comparisons to a lot of modern acts thrown around. What contemporary acts would you say most influence you?
Oh lots and lots, Anthony and the Johnsons, Mystery Jets, Dirty Projectors, Villagers, Elbow, Eels, John Grant.

Do you feel that being a London band affects the way you sound or the way you are perceived at all, and would you say that if you’d formed elsewhere it may have affected these things?
Hmm, well three of us met at Leeds, which is my home town. Lyrically, I still think we are very much stationed there. Living in London, however, I think does mean that you get to see a lot of quality acts and musicians, which is always a good thing.

If To Kill a King were to write a book based around the narrative of any of your tracks, which song would it be and what would the book be like?
‘Wrecking crew’. It’d be a grim look at the cycle of alcoholism: think Shane Meadows in book form.

What does the forthcoming album hold for TKAK in terms of ambition and direction?
Well, we are very much in control, but we’ve got a lot of tours, headline show at scala, two singles to be released. We are very excited about next year.

In 10 words or less, if you could make 2013 anything, what would it be?
The year guitar music came back to the radio!

Many thanks to Ralph for answering our questions and Nick for sorting this out for us.

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3:43 pm
20th December 2012

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