INTERVIEW: To Kill A King
Following their sold-out UK and European tour, and the release of their latest album To Kill A King last month, we caught up with To Kill A King to catch up with their experiences on tour, thoughts on the reactions to the band and their music, when Ralph's twitter got flooded with some rather interesting pictures, and future plans!
Special thanks to Olivia Hobbs for making this interview happen!
How did headlining the o2 Shepherds Bush Empire compare to performing there as an introducing act for Bastille in 2013? Was there a difference in the crowd's reaction- were they more involved with your set?
Very different, they know who we are for a start, which is always something to be strived for at a headline set. The gig itself was fantastic. The audience were really with us, singing and dancing along. It was a wonderful feeling of years of work coming together.
You just finished a UK and Europe tour- how does it feel knowing your music has attained such a far and wide fanbase?
Amazing, we still can't believe the fans we have around the world. It is wonderful to feel you've made an impact on someone's life on the other side of the world.
Do you see cracking America anytime in the future? Any USA tours in the works?
Cracking might be a bit much, maybe we will leave that daunting task to Bastille. One of our collective ambitions at the moment is to go back to the States to play this new album, but for an independent band like ourselves it's quite the task.
The line-up of your band has changed quite a lot in it's first few years. Do you think it's more stable now, especially having done a big UK and European tour?
Why what have you heard? Is Grant leaving? Tell me! No No, I think we are as settled as a band can be settled.
And so how come you decided to self title your second album To Kill A King?
I think it was to represent the new start and the aforementioned change in line up. The last EP was called Exit, Pursued By A Bear, again a cheeky reference to this.
What was the inspiration behind the name in the first place? (I love how Cannibals with Cutlery has a knocked over chess piece to represent the killed king as such!)
It's taken from the last song we wrote for it, which is all about seeing things for what they really are. It's like another term for wolf in sheep's clothing.
What has the reception for To Kill A King been in comparison to Cannibals With Cutlery, and what do you think about it, both with the media and fans? For example the BBC Radio 1 play must have been a significant milestone in your career!
Yeah, it's great to have some people taking notice. Exciting times! It's also unnerving as there is a degree of expectation now. You don't want to upset anyone but at the same time you can only write the music you want to write.
Well the fans seem to be loving it! I noticed you recently wrote a song with Rag'n'Bone man as well. I remember he opened for the To Kill A King gig at Koko back in October 2013- Is keeping in contact with people you perform and work with something really important for you guys to do?
We met through Mark Crew, who produced our last and his current EP. I would say I keep in contact with the good people I perform with. By that I mean the nice people not just those who are talented, although Rag'n'Bone ticks both those boxes.
So as well as co-writing, you seem to write a lot of songs for other people, and Ralph on your Twitter you even offer your songwriting services. When and how do you know which songs to keep for yourself and which ones to give away to other performers?
I think you know from near the offset if it's a To Kill A King song. It'll be something in the lyrics probably or something in the songs conception.
And just one last question for your long-term fans! Ralph, why don't you do "faces in places" anymore on Twitter?
Well that turned into penises in place, which in turn became vaginas in places and this meant I was being sent a lot of strange pictures...so I decided to phase it out.