To Kill A King have been an indie staple on the touring circuit for almost a decade now. Having just released their rather good fourth album, The Spiritual Dark Age, they descended onto Brighton’s The Hope & Ruin to showcase their brand of foot-stomping, indie-rock-via-folk music style in a show that, ultimately, proved what a bunch of lovely guys they are and how fervent their fanbase is. Additionally, it proved that the days of the good old indie sing-song are not dead, and To Kill A King have those songs in abundance.
Produced by Gethin Pearson and the band’s keyboard player Ben Jackson, The Spiritual Dark Age is the London five-piece’s third album and the follow-up to their self-titled album of 2015. Following spells with Virgin, Communion and Xtra Mile, here’s yet another band in a growing line of DIY bands interested in crowdfunding their work. To Kill A King employed the services of Patreon to tap into their substantial fanbase to help fund the new album. It’s a work that took nearly three years to make, hence the remarkable eclecticism of sound; from glam and epic stompers, to raw acoustica, while the lyrics revolve around issues of compassion within what frontman Ralph Perrymounter believes is a spiritual dark age. Here he takes time out from their UK tour to have a chat with Brightonsfinest.
Poor old indie-rock has been having a rough time of late. Its limitations have been exposed by the adventurism, innovation and genre-hopping invention of artists spanning the globe. Even The Big Moon’s extraordinary Love In The 4th Dimension failed to get the kudos it deserved. Because, well it’s indie, isn’t it? It’s all a bit old school and Britpop to many ears, and unfortunately the phrase indie landfill has permeated the subconscious in negative and damaging ways.