Band of the Day: Fools For Kings

Keep the week rocking with today’s homegrown Band of the Day…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We are a rock band from Stoke-on-Trent.

How did you meet?

Our guitarist and vocalist are brothers and then they met our drummer and bassist at school from another band. 

How long have you been playing as a band?

We have been playing together for about 4 years, starting out just doing covers at charity gigs and now branching out into writing our own material.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

We took our inspiration for the name from a Muse lyric in Knights of Cydonia, one of our favourite bands!

What are your influences?

Our biggest influences are Royal Blood, Muse and Don Broco, QOTSA, Foo Fighters, Enter Shikari, we could probably go on forever with the number of artists we like between the four of us. 

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Some of our songs touch on blues rock to pop punk to acoustic and classic rock, so we hope this variety works. We write songs for each of the genres that we individually like to cover all our interests, mainly with the aim of matching heavy classic riffs with a more contemporary style of vocals. 

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

With the EP that we have recently released I guess there are mainly the themes of lies and trust in different situations. When we write we aim to write a story that is more a narration rather than personal lyrics from our lives.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

We have only played a few charity gigs/ friends parties and stuff like that at the moment, as our original music is very new to us, but once the current uncertainty is over we hope to try out our new material and see how it goes. We definitely aim to bring an energetic vibe to our show, and try to write our music with our live performance specifically in mind as the ultimate goal is to be playing our own music live to as many people as we can.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Difficult question! Either Frank Carter orchestrating a circle pit from the stage to the sound desk, or Jason Aalon Butler from Fever333 scaling the walls of the Arena Birmingham and continuing to sing and mosh in the upper seating area.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

We have a fair few guitars for our different tunings, between us we have a couple of Epiphone LP’s custom and classic, then Marshall is the way to go for us with amplifiers. 

What are your plans for the next 12 months?

We aim to use the time to write as many songs as we can to really build up our options for our setlists seeing as we won’t be able to play live for some time. 

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

Difficult again. We would want to support for Royal Blood, they have influenced our sound and style the most we would say. I am pretty sure that we would be the openers for everyone at the minute, but there are lots of great local artists with lots of attention, like Red Spektor.

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