Release Date: Apr 22, 2014
Record label: Xtra Mile Recordings
The back story of To Kill A King, a band originally from Leeds but now based in London, is full with promise. Their first single was released on Communion, the label that introduced the world to the likes of Laura Marling and Mumford And Sons, back in 2011. Since then, they’ve put out an album, Cannibals With Cutlery, by themselves, and the past few months has seen them step up to support The Flaming Lips.
This British band does a remarkable job of rotoscoping. On their debut album, Cannibals With Cutlery, lead singer Ralph Pelleymounter sounds so amazingly like Matt Berninger, especially on opening cut, the piano ballad “I Work Nights and You Work Days”, that if you heard this and thought you had a new National song on your hands, it would be entirely understandable. Meanwhile, the rest of the group provides backing that nestles right into the jangly folk-rock strum of Mumford & Sons, offering a pinch of strings and horns to give it that indie rock, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene street cred.