To Kill a King Presents Word of Mouth EP
Ralph Pelleymounter (vocals/acoustic guitar), Josh Platman (bass),
John Willoughby (drums), Ian Dudfield (electric guitar),
and Ben Jackson (synth and keys)
Poetry, Narrative and Song, are three words I would use to describe Word of Mouth, the new EP by To Kill a King.
Released today, the EP consist of 5 new tracks plus a cover, which the musicians wrote, mixed and recorded independently this past spring.
Howling boldly begins the collection and by doing so introduces an ensemble of well crafted and composed songs. The above video shows the band vehemently giving their all and joyfully jamming to the second track (my personal favourite), Funeral, a song which evidently encapsulates their musical range and depths of creativity. Besides She Said, Wolves & Rays follow; playfully experimenting and sampling elements of folk, indie and rockabilly, whilst lyrically documenting life poetically. To end the EP, Ralph Pelleymounter’s voice soulfully governs and delivers a masculine rendition of Feist’s Let it Die.
As much as I have quite enjoyed listening to this band, without the influence of mass opinion, the EP is a clear indicator that now is the time TKAK will be recognised for both who they are and what they are ready to achieve.
The guys are currently touring the country, performing live at festivals and gigs including Wilderness, Bestival, The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and Cargo, London.
*Word of Mouth is free to download and I am told a limited edition of personally sealed and handprinted CD’s will also be floating around the city.
By LaToyah Gill