KINGS AND CASTLES (from l-r): Louis Bye (bass), Potter (lead guitar), Ross Antony Rolph (vocals/guitar), Matty Lindsay (drums/backing vocals)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
They may have only been together since early last year, but Southampton four-piece Kings and Castles have already made a big impact.
Their debut single, ‘Love Is The Word’, was an instant hit, with its catchy, hard-hitting indie-rock sound, and quickly led to exposure by BBC Introducing, and a sell-out gig at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth.
This got the attention of Tonotopic Records, who promptly signed them to the label, and in January, the quartet brought out their debut EP, ‘Numbers’, to much acclaim.
The band’s drummer and backing vocalist, Matty Lindsay, spoke to me about what has been a beneficial time for Kings and Castles, as well as the busy few months that they have ahead.
How did the band get together?
The band started when Ross and Potter were messaging each other, saying that they felt there was some unfinished business. The next thing you know, Potter messaged, saying that he had just bought a whole new setup.
They then advertised online looking for new members, where they found me and Matt, and after getting together, we started rehearsals. A few months later, we found Louis, who was the last piece in our puzzle.
How did the name Kings and Castles come about?
Ross and Potter were messaging back and forth all these different names when they wanted to start a band again, and Ross said, “I’ve found the one!” The one turned out to be Kings and Castles!
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is hard-hitting and catchy. We pull our influences from a vast background, ranging from the musical influences of our parents and the previous bands we were in. Our biggest influences have to be The Hunna, Air Traffic, The Kooks, Coasts, and many more.
What would you say was the band’s songwriting approach?
Ross is our main songwriter. He gets his influences from his life and surroundings. He sometimes wakes up at 3am, as he has an idea for a new song, and begins writing.
He then sends it to us over the phone, and then the next time we all meet, we add our different parts and structures, which gives us the sound that we have created.
In January, you released your debut EP, ‘Numbers’. How was the recording process for that?
The recording process is always fun, we are constantly laughing and enjoying what we do. The best part of this recording was when Louis did some backing vocals for ‘That Girl’. He decided to say it rather than sing it, and it ended up sounding rather like Alan Partridge!
And how has the reaction been to the release so far?
We have had amazing feedback from everyone who has heard it. People have their faves such as ‘Friday Nights’ and ‘That Girl’, but on the whole, a lot of people are really enjoying it.
How, for the band, is the experience of playing live?
The best part of being in a band is playing live! The buzz you get from it is amazing. If we could, we would do it every day.
What have you got lined up for the near future?
This year so far, we have seven festivals and various shows around the south coast of England and London. We are hoping to get a tour sorted as well, to take us up and down the UK.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
Our long-term aim is to be doing this around the world. We want to be able to go to a town and have people buzzing to see us for what we write. As a band, we all have different dreams, different careers, but as a collective, we all want to make our music timeless.
‘NUMBERS’, THE DEBUT EP FROM KINGS AND CASTLES, RELEASED VIA TONOTOPIC RECORDS, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, DEEZER, AMAZON MUSIC, SOUNDCLOUD & THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.kingsandcastlesmusic.com
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