REVIEW: To Kill A King - London Series
To Kill A King return live in London after a couple of years, performing three back to back sold out shows at The Borderline, Oslo, and Omeara, bringing old and new fans alike a huge bunch of their classic tracks.
The five piece group, with a typical indie-rock line up of guitars, bass, and drums, but with the addition of some funky on stage production and keys from Ben, To Kill a King opened with title track from the release that bought them on to the scene a few years ago, ‘Cannibals with Cutlery.’
They followed with ‘Funeral,’ and my favourite ‘Choices.’ Lead vocalist Ralph Pelleymounter, also the lead songwriter in the band, has vocals that really showcase in ‘Choices’, the raspy yet smooth, emotive voice letting us into all his inner thoughts.
The band also had a couple of songs with some funky rhythms, my favourite ones being ‘Love is Not Control,’ and ‘Bloody Shirt,’ with lyrics ‘It’s too late to say you’re sorry’ repeating. The band also featured huge instrumental bits throughout the night, really giving the fans a chance to see their talents as multi-instrumentalist, and encored with ‘Cold Skin,’ - a significantly more upbeat song, with seemingly huge pop angle to the song, and a bright guitar heavy instrumentation behind Ralph’s vocals.
The joy on all the band’s faces when performing together also made this one of the most pleasant live performances. First seeing the band over 4 years ago open for Bastille at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, it’s great to see the band hasn’t lose the vivacity that made me fall in love with them in the first place. I’ve seen them perform in venues as big as Shepherd’s Bush to charity nights at the local pub, but they’re on stage personalities, quality of music and performance, and chemistry on stage, only gets better each time, and the band really never fail to impress!