An important, vital, exciting and young act to grow out of South and East London's young punk scene these past two years has been the group The King Blues. The band, made up of rock n' rollers Jonny ‘Itch’ Fox, Jamie Jazz, and a member named 'Fruitbag' combine the folk, punk and political ethos of The Clash, The Pogues and Billy Bragg with the heady reggae-dub sound of forefather's such as King Tubby and Delroy Wilson to great effect. Their member-base tends to change according to availability, and has featured up to 8 musicians at times, but has mainly featured Johnny Rich (vocals and bass), Jim Parmley (percussion) and Gumby (drums) backing. Using a ukelele to augment and drive the unique sound of their songs along with two other guitars and chorus vocals, these three young Impressions pour their hearts and souls into a new age that follows the edict of using rock and roll to ring the alarm for their ideals: singing songs that represent their unique vision of social freedom, a people's government, cultural respect and response, and personal rights. Having played a great bulk of their performances to everywhere from street corners, illegal squats, festival crowds, and even to the backdrop sound of protesting for peace; the band are known for throwing themselves into the action that they are performing their very songs for--and singing loudly while doing so. Take a quick listen to the first finished track off of their second forthcoming album (to be released digitally worldwide in October of 2008). Words, not bombs--right?
Download This: Let's Hang The Landlord by The King Blues