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The King Blues
Save The World, Get The Girl Ben Myers , October 27th, 2008 12:23

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The King Blues - Save the World Get the Girl

Some bands exist to write a bunch of songs and have a little dance. Others bands – the best bands – seem capable of capturing changing moods, memories or emotion, or soundtracking a night out, a love affair, a long hot summer, a crucial period of ones life.

The King Blues - who number three on paper, but six on the stage - are doing exactly that via the often-critically dismissed but nevertheless invigorating medium of (broadly-speaking) ska punk. One listen to this, their second album, and you just know the songs within will be interlocked with the future memories of many of the band’s young followers. You just know that there are moments here that will transport tomorrow’s ex-punks back to the heady, tumultuous and economically-chaotic days of the late 00s.

Graduates of this decade’s anti-war/anti-globalisation/WTO movements, The King Blues’ main strength is their ability to flit magpie-like between various sounds – a dose of sugary doo-wop here, a blast of Balkan folk there – without ever sounding like cultural tourists. Their other asset comes in the form of frontman/ukulele player Jonny ‘Itch’ Fox who lays his life bare through a set of songs that chart his journey from a teenage runaway (self-described as “Classic bullying material, strictly speaking / Four foot tall with a three foot mohican”) who finds salvation and camaraderie in the capital’s creatively fertile squatting scene on air-punching anthem ‘Let’s Hang The Landlord’, on to the old Europe polka-punk of ‘For You My Darling’ and beery, teary-eyed tale of friendship ‘My Boulder’.

It’s all delivered in the same tradition of street level troubadours ranging from the politicised folk protest of Ewan MacColl and Billy Bragg through the pan-international sounds of The Clash, The Specials and Gogol Bordello and onto the urbanised romanticism of Pete Doherty and Mike Skinner, without aping any one influence directly.

It also happens to be an album as thoroughly London as fox shit, chicken bones and black bogeys.

And though Save The World… tackles modern politics it does it with a tongue in the cheek: “I’m all for worker’s rights,” sings Fox, “As long as I don’t have to work...". More than anything though this is an album about what it is to be young, alive and free at the dawn of a century that is ours for the shaping.

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Brian Large
Oct 28, 2008 2:37am

"Punk rock has the power to change the world"

amen to that

from a wannabe old punk

great album

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Fonz Bonz
Oct 30, 2008 11:16am

This album rocks, been following the band for a few years now and although their debut album was good, this beats it hands down.
I recommend you all go out and buy this now, especially as it is only £6.99 in most shops.

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Joking !
Oct 30, 2008 12:34pm

This album really is amazing, each song helps shape a great album and there is no weak link in the whole thing. Highly recommended!

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Simon Hayes
Oct 30, 2008 1:19pm

An absolutely fantastic record. I've been a fan of The King Blues for a few years now and this is their best stuff to date.

Seen them perform a few of the new songs at Leeds Festival 08 and they were truly fantastic.

Buy this album!

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Kyle Palmer
Oct 30, 2008 4:56pm

I thought "Under The Fog" was a legendary album,
and these guys havn't let me down with this new one.
Still got their raw sound,
with some new original songs,
What If Punk Never Happened is an extremely inspirational song,
that brings shivers down my spine everytime,
can't wait to see them live with Rancid on the 10th.
Not one song on this album is weak,
their all immense!
I'm just looking forward to another piece of genius brought out by them.

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Lauren Daly
Oct 30, 2008 5:00pm

What a great album! I loved their first album, but this is unbeliavable! Each song is different from the other, they put their own unique and fresh style into indie music. They new album really doesnt dissapoint! Buy it now, and i highly reccomend you see them live for the full impact!
They are some great guys!

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queen vyctorya
Oct 30, 2008 9:46pm

This album is hella rad, yes I just wrote that.
Its not your run-of-the-mill album, with two or three good songs and a whole bunch of filler, every song on here is great. 'The streets are ours' is, no doubt, the best song I've heard all year.
If you love your ears, buy them it.

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Oct 31, 2008 9:24pm


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maxine alice
Nov 4, 2008 6:20pm

this album is perfect, the perfect combination of taking a stand against the government without being too overtly political to the point of where it becomes one massive boring rant about todays society. i love it.

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Leah Holden
Nov 5, 2008 7:19pm

love the album, especially the boulder, lovethe band, highly recommend them

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Naomi Ventress
Nov 5, 2008 7:29pm

I love these guys so much, their music never fails to impress me. I can't stop listening to this album!

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