Three of the six tracks we recorded in our rehearsal studios for our new "Word Of Mouth EP". To download the EP for free head to wordofmouthep.com
Our first EP release. With four interlinking videos directed by our friend Jack King. This EP is still on special offer on iTunes - all four songs for just 99p. It probably won't be available at this price for much longer.Buy now on iTunes
Our first single. Contains an acoustic cover of "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Video directed by Jack King.Buy now on iTunes
A series of acoustic performances and collaborations recorded on Ralph's balcony - 15 floors up in East London.
A bunch of remixes and covers either by us or for us.
Stuff that doesn't fit into the other playlists.
We’ve just returned from our first gigs in Europe with San Francisco’s Two Gallants. We had a fantastic time which I hope these pictures and captions convey to y’all…
Jon’s packing skills were the envy of the entire band.
Our only hotel stay of the tour was slightly creepy.
Ben with spunk on his face.
The artwork for Ian’s solo album was setto be a classic.
Father and son.
The bratwurst caught up with Ian at an unfortunate moment.
Despite the strongest economy in Europe, cuts to Germany’s trampolining scene were having a damaging effect.
Tyson was unaware that his ascent to heaven was imminent.
My new whitening toothpaste seemed to be doing the trick.
This is just plain lazy.
The people of Berlin display their love of the mp3 format.
The Gallants’ gear.
Hat hair - before.
Hat hair - after.
Up in the gods watching Two Gallants.
Sometimes we need reminding of what we’re on tour for.
Immaturity knows no borders.
And on the eight day the Germans created pissball.
Hitler is alive and has gone all emo-techno. So much for that bunker.
Two Gallants’ Tyson shows Ian how to party San Francisco style.
Taking the ‘cock’ out of cocktails.
In Munster, bikes outnumber people two to one, hence the epidemic of bells.
Ralph’s suggestion of a Limp Bizkit cover was met with amusement all round.
Germany’s longest feather duster.
The people of Munich applaud the red lighting.
Drinking these makes you strong (see next)…
Ralph’s efforts paid off spectacularly with this new warm-up routine.
Most of the venues looked like this.
Boarding the spaceship home.
Returning home from two weeks of continental roads, Ian found driving on the left again a terrifying experience.
We’d like to thank Debbie Scanlan for being our extra crew member/superwoman for her photographic, driving and merchandising skills, Two Gallants and their gang for being great touring buddies, everyone at the venues for their exceptional hospitality, all the crowds for their warm applause and finally to everyone who let us stay at their houses all tour long, giving us a home from home and lending some superior local insights into their corners of Germany.
We hope to be back in Germany in the new year, but until then I will bid you all
Until next time….
It gives me great pleasure to announce that To Kill A King will finally be leaving the British Isles and heading over the channel to the European mainland!
We will be supporting US beardy rockers (go and listen) Two Gallants on the German/Belgian/Parisian stretch of their European tour. We leave on Friday and the schedule looks like this …
We are really excited to be travelling further afield so if you live anywhere near here, or know someone who does, please let them know.
Similarly, if you’d like to lend us your floors, beds, sofas or baths to sleep on or in we’d be eternally grateful! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can meet this desperately cheeky request.
We’ve also got some new t-shirts for sale that look like this ->
For a mere £10 you can own one. For multiples of 10 you can own as many as you like, or sort your Christmas/Hanukah presents in one hit for friends and family alike. Just click on the photo!
Thanks and Auf Wiedersehen pets.
Good evening readers.
As is now customary at the end of a To Kill A King tour, I present to you our photo blog of the mad, bad and bland and brilliant moments from the last two weeks. A huge thank you goes to Lula and Shields who accompanied us, plus all the local supports, promoters, punters and everyone else in team TKAK who made it possible. It’s been an absolute pleasure and we’re all looking forward to our German excursion. If you missed it, here’s what it looked like ->
And we’re off!
Gaz from Middlesbrough has an unusual place for spare tape.
The merch perch.
The likely lads cradle their juice.
Triple tipple, Co-op style.
In Boston Spa the chap on the right is a ‘pump assistant’, or Ben doesn’t know how to fill up the van - you decide.
Yes, this car does have a chrome bonnet. Oh dear.
More soon. In the meantime you can now buy our Word of Mouth EP from www.tokillaking.bigcartel.com, so please do.
See you on tour!
The title of this piece is eniterly self explanatory. Here’s a pretty picture for visual/logistical purposes, which when clicked on takes you to a website that deals in tickets -
We recently went to Birmingham to promote our show there when this happened -
Ben also had a go and appeared to be stressed for the first time in a decade.
Our Triple 10 sale is still on until Friday, meaning all orders over £10 get 10% off when you enter VANDIESEL at the checkout. Click below for that
Also ending on Friday night is the chance to download our Word of Mouth EP for zero pounds and pence. Click the picture below to save money and gain some solid songs
Thanks guys, we’ll see you on tour!
We are pleased as Cristiano Ronaldo in a room full of mirrors to present to you our video for ‘Howling’. Filmed over the course of a weekend using stop motion, Ralph sat in one seat whilst 5,000 photos of his increasingly haggard face were taken. Please like and share and post to here, there and everywhere!
This is out now to promote our ‘Word of Mouth’ Tour which starts in under two weeks time! We’d love to see you all there so if you’re still in need of one or hundreds of tickets then click the picture below.
This weekend saw the start our Market Tour. This is a dubious title as we have not and will not be appearing in an markets whatsoever, except perhaps as consumers. These excursions are part charm offensive, part propaganda march, part advertising, and aim to raise awareness about our proper tour at the end of this month. As we’ve never played in Doncaster and Middlesbrough we thought we’d head there first.
The journey began at our studio. With guitars in the boot and a cello across our laps we crawled the five miles from Old Street to Archway up the Holloway Road for an hour and a half, which stressed Jon out no end. A bootle necked road system and post-Arsenal traffic were to blame, but we were glad to discover that our set time had been conveniently pushed back to telepathically accomodate for this gridlock.
Here’s how long it should’ve taken…
Doncaster is the place of Ralph’s birth and an interesting one to boot. We played at a joint called the Vintage Rock Bar, which served up a smattering of old classics and over-played modern ‘indie disco anthems’ (aka the XFM daytime playlist). Entering the downstairs performance space through some thick plastic strips reminiscent of an abattoir, we feared the worst; thankfully the people who entered soon after were far less brutal. We played a well-received set which should help fill out the Leopard when we return on 30th October. I then sped us to Ralph’s hometown of Boston Spa where we caught last orders at the Admiral Hawke, whose pints cost £1.27. Heaven.
The Admiral Hawke, where dreams (and hangovers) are made. (Copyright Ian S)
The next day we drove north to Middlesbrough. Our first stop was the Psyche department store, full expensive clothes and no people. Three songs later we were off to the Cleveland Centre, centrally located and much busier. Here we met Lula and her guitarist Grant who’ll be supporting us on tour proper. They are a delightful duo which adds even more excitement to tour for us. Our set followed hers and was solid, with some local press taking furious notes and the queue of the 99p Store suitably entertained.
Middlesbrough’s foremost tattoo coffee bar (yes, really) called Mink was next. There were a few punters here too, all of whom seemed excited that we’d be back so soon with our full show. Dinner swiftly followed and en route we passed a condemned corner of town that looked almost post apocalyptic.
Welcome to Middlesbrough (picture c/o Ralph)
The award winning Barnacle chip shop. (picture c/o Ralph)
Some wonderful fish and chips followed before we hit our final stop, the Olde Young Tea House. There’ll be no prizes for guessing what their stock trade is but the variety on show was astounding, as this small sample illustrates.
(picture c/o Ralph)
Our set was a good one and the free tea and cakes we received for the road sweetened the deal. Having done some groundwork we feel more confident that tour will kick off with a bang rather than a whimper. If you’re in Middlesbrough on Saturday 20th please come down to make this certain, and later on come to Doncaster too!
Tour dates are all HERE.
Last month we got our lips really mucky by kissing 1000 of our Word of Mouth EP cases. Ben had a mighty fine camera about his person and documented the whole thing. Without further ado, I’ll let the pictures speak.
To earn yourself a copy HERE’s how…
Get on it!