Formed in 2009, by front man Ralf Pelleymounter, Britain’s brightest upcoming band, To Kill A King, have been hitting notes with their silky vocals, smooth and complex compositions and an overall sound that gets people jumping and singing along. Having released two E.P’s “My Crooked Saint E.P” and “Word Of Mouth E.P” including a full length album “Cannibals With Cutlery”, their music has grasped the attention of many. Having supported huge acts like The Dog is Dead and Bastille, there is no wonder that this band have their future set high.
To Kill A King are Ralph Pelleymounter (Vocals & guitar), Josh Platman (Bass), Ben Jackson (Synth & keys) ,Grant McNeill (Electric guitar) & Josh Taffel (Drums).
"THE NEW ALBUM WILL HAVE MUCH THICKER SOUNDS…"
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE TO KILL A KING’S SOUND?
Ralph- There’s quite a few things to talk about there, I suppose To Kill A king is a band that has folk roots and we take a lot from the story telling elements of folk, but the overall sound is much more modern, it has a lot of electric guitars and rock influences. Also a lot of synths.
Grant- Yeah defiantly, I’d say the sound gets quite emotive at points, it can vary between like really happy, triumphant, tragic and quite sad.
Ralph- All aspects.
SO YOU GUYS ARE BACK IN THE STUDIO?
Ralph- Yes, we’ve recently been in the studio, we’re working on the second album at the moment. But we’re touring a lot at the moment so we’re using these little snatches of time to be able to sort of come back to the studio. But it’s starting off really well, we’re working again with Ben who’s our Keyboard player who also produced half the first album. We have also just been in the studio with a guy called Mark Crew who did the Bastille album, which is really good. They both work very differently but we had fun with both. One was in an amazing place in the countryside which was probably the best studio we’ve ever been in. And the other was in a council estate haha where you could hardly fit a drum kit.
HOW WILL THE ALBUM BE SIMILAR/DIFFERENT TO “CANNIBALS WITH CUTTLERY”?
Ralph- Well I think the themes of story telling will remain the same, because it’s one thing that I really like in other peoples music and we'll continue to try and emulate. But I think with the first album it was a lot of other people’s stories, whereas this album will be stories closer to events in my life, A little bit of a different theme. The first album would start mainly with me and the acoustic guitar, whereas the new album tends to start with me and ill be playing the electric guitar or piano, which I think instantly leads to the sound being heavier.Grant- Defiantly, I feel like, obviously I'm new to the band and I play parts differently to how Ian would have, but I think my natural way of how to attack a song is a little more heavier and rockier in a way. Ralph- Got some thicker sounds on this album.
DO YOU THINK YOUR SOUND HAVE EVOLVED SINCE YOU BEGAN PLAYING?
Ralph- Massively, we’ve been all playing massively of each others influences. I like to think that our music is something we do argue over what's right for a song, and I think it’s good because it means that hopefully we’re all passionate about it and we’re pushing it in the right direction, you know.Well we’re very excited about that! It’s our first headline tour in Europe and we’ve been out there quite recently with Bastille, but also a couple times by ourselves. We’re loving it because they treat us very nicely there.Grant- In Germany they have some nice beer!Ralph- Amazing food, booze, beds. It might be a foreign concept but in England it’s taken us years to get to a stage people would give us rides, we’ve got some crisps over here.. Haha that’s years of work! Whereas in Europe you get taken out for like stake meals and nice booze. So were really excited about that. Also the fans there are just mental, crazy, even if they've never seen you before they really go for it!
"7 WEEKS IN DISNEYLAND IS LIKE A HORROR MOVIE…"
HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE USA BEFORE?
Ralph- No! And this will be our first time in the USA and that’s going to be exciting as well. We’re going to be out there for quite a wile- 7 weeks, so we’re going to be doing some stuff with Bastille and some tours on our own. I’ve never been anywhere for seven weeks.
Grant- Not for seven weeks, I’ve to America to Disneyland before.
Ralph- Not for seven weeks! That would be awful…
Grant- I think you’ll get quite tired of Mickey.
Ralph- Sounds like a horror movie... “SEVEN WEEKS IN DISNEYLAND!”