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Louise Distras Announces 2018 Tour With Itch

Louise Distras 18 Itch Tour DatesLouise Distras has announced that she will be hitting the road again in 2018 as main support for Itch from The King Blues. The tour follows on from the punk and poetry tour that Louise Distras and Itch undertook last month, and now they’ve announced they’re going to do it all over again next year.

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The King Blues Announce UK Shows

The King Blues 2017British punk rock band The King Blues have announced a series of UK shows kicking off next month with Riskee and the Ridicule as support. The band are out in support of their new LP, and first release since 2012, The Gospel Truth, which is due to drop on April 14th.

Check out the full list of tour dates below.

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Camden Rocks Festival Announces Latest Additions To Line Up

Camden Rocks Mar 17Today Camden Rocks Festival confirmed Merseyside’s indie rock legends, The Coral, Sheffield’s Reverend and The Makers will join the 2017 festival line up. Also topping the line-up this year are The Damned, who will play a very special set list exclusively for the Camden Rocks Festival. Having also recently announced The Rifles, Milburn, Carl Barat And The Jackals, Orange Goblin, Ruts DC, The King Blues & many more, this year sees Camden Rocks Festival pushing boundaries further still, set to host 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s revered music venues on June 3rd 2017.

Tickets for the Camden Rocks Festival can be purchased here

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The King Blues And Louise Distras UK Tour Announced

louise-distras-kbBritish punk rock band The King Blues have announced Louise Distras as main support on their forthcoming 2017 UK tour. Louise Distras has just completed a tour across mainland Europe in support of her latest single, Aileen, a live album was recorded on the tour, at the legendary Wild At Heart venue in Berlin, that will be released shortly.

You can order Aileen, and Louise Distras’ debut album, Dreams From The Factory Floor, here

You can pre-order Louise Distras – Live In Berlin here

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Louise Distras Announces 2017 Tour With The King Blues

louise-distras-nice-guys-dec-17The British firebrand singer songwriter Louise Distras has just completed a tour across mainland Europe in support of her latest single, Aileen, a live album was recorded on the tour, at the legendary Wild At Heart venue in Berlin, that will be released shortly. Never one to rest on her laurels, Louise has announced that she will be back on the road in the UK next month with The King Blues.

You can order Aileen, and Louise Distras’ debut album, Dreams From The Factory Floor, here

You can pre-order Louise Distras – Live In Berlin here

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The King Blues

The King Blues

Off With Their Heads

Meatball Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

After a hiatus which saw vocalist ITCH release an album of catchy pop songs, The King Blues have returned to the stage. Following quickly on the heels of their return to the stage, the band have released new material. It seems natural to feel some trepidation toward reunited bands new material. Personally, Refused are one of my favourite bands and “Freedom” is the biggest piece of garbage Dennis Lyxzen has ever been a part of in his various musical ventures. Would The King Blues fall into the same rut, embarrassing their political punk legacy with a blatant cash grab that mimics the downfall of Black Flag?

One of the things which has always made The King Blues special is their ability to experiment with their sound, never settling comfortably in one style, much like fellow Brits, The Clash. This helps the band avoid stagnation, as they have woven elements of ska, reggae, soul and more into their punk sound over the years. Their return follows this format, adding a variety of sounds to the songs. While only clocking at just over 21 minutes, the album is entertaining enough to have warranted double the length.

“Off With Their Heads” starts off with the title track, which is a rambunctious punk offering that is fuelled by ITCH’s vitriolic verses over snarling guitars and gang vocals aplenty. It is a great song and kicks things off with a bang. The band clearly have retained both their energy and political ideology. They may not be as well known as some of their peers, but they should appeal to fans of bands like “Grey Britain”-era Gallows or Star Fucking Hipsters, equal parts snarling punk and artistic musical blend of styles with a heavy political message throughout. On “Starting Fires” they do their best impression of Joe Strummer and friends, with a straightforward old school punk rock song. The tempo slows down for “Poems & Songs,” which features ITCH on ukulele, singing a sweet love song. Rather than derail the album, it manages to meld with their sound well. The band take on garage rock with plenty of swagger on “Opposable Thumbs” and it is a riot. Keeping things interesting, this is followed up with a mellow piano ballad, “Words” and the similarly mellow “Pure Fucking Love.” But the squealing guitars, fist pumping chants and snarling vocals of “Taxi Driver” show that these punks haven’t gone soft. 

Each song stands out clearly on its own terms and the album is better for it. ITCH spits out lines with vitriol, sounding like the bastard son of Johnny Rotten, with a heavy rap influence. As evidenced by his solo release, the other members of The King Blues add a much needed depth to the front man’s work though. This is a collective effort and overall an exciting blend of musical styles from one of England’s most exciting bands. 

The King Blues Announce Their Return

The King BluesLondon ska punks The King Blues have announced their return following a 3 year absence. The band announced their split back in 2012, just ahead of the release of their 4th LP Long Live The Struggle. The King Blues made the announcement via a post on their facebook page stating “Guess who’s back and pissed off again?”

The band’s first appearances will be as support on Enter Shikari’s UK shows. Check out the full details below.

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