AMBY adores British folk-rock, and To Kill A King completely fulfill our love of this genre. The band’s debut album Cannibals with Cutlery is outstanding, and we wanted to know all about the band behind the music! So, To Kill A King took the time to chat with AMBY, as we spoke with the TKAK about their video for Funeral, playing on Bastille’s track Pompeii, side projects, and couples kissing in crowds!
AMBY: How would you describe To Kill A King’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
To Kill A King: Lyrical indie folk or loud then quiet then louder than the first level of loud.
AMBY: You have just released your debut album Cannibals With Cutlery . What does the band have planned next?
To Kill A King: I’m halfway through a new collection of songs, but as yet I am unsure what I’m going to do with them. We are just about to tour with Bastille and then we have a headline tour after that. I also have plans to record my cowboy band side project with Dan from Bastille this summer, this is going to be much cooler than it sounds.
AMBY: Cold Skin is such a great song, what is the story behind it?
To Kill A King: In short it’s a love song set at the end of the world. I started thinking about the end of the world, that idea of a 5 minute warning and I thought I would use it to call the people that I love that might not know how much I love them.
AMBY: The next video is for the song Funeral. What was the experience like making it?
To Kill A King: Awful, I have a habit of only being in video’s that are physically painful to do. Watch howling, that was the longest three days of my life. There are scenes in funeral where I am being pushed around a skate park in a wheel chair by a bunch of children, they lost control of the wheel chair a lot and I end up with a few bruises…. No it truth I had fun but only because the crew we had were so amazing, big shout out to Duncan Rice and Jack King, absolute legends.
AMBY: What are you favourite lyrics on the album?
To Kill A King: Oh that is hard… I suppose ‘a cannibal with cutlery is a cannibal still’
AMBY: How did you come to sing the backing vocals on Bastille’s track Pompeii?
To Kill A King: Dan asked and we were happy to help. We can’t believe that it got to number 2, those boys deserve all the success they are getting. Fantastic music.
AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?
To Kill A King: Yippee ki yay ______ ______
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
To Kill A King: Sgt Pepper – Beatles, Nevermind – Nirvana, John Grant – Queen Of Denmark.
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
To Kill A King: This is a regular occurrence at gigs, but couples kissing makes me laugh. I will see how long they go for without breaking away, not in a creepy way, but just it seems a funny way to enjoy a song. The longest I’ve seen is a verse, chorus, 2nd verse and chorus, by the middle 8 they surfaced for oxygen.
Oh actually now I think about it, we have also had a proposal, that was special.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
To Kill A King: We are supporting FLAMING LIPS in Brighton! Also we have a headline date in Scala!
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
To Kill A King: One extra hour in bed for everyone.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about To Kill A King that nobody knows yet?
To Kill A King: We are working on a side project called The Tequila Kings.
Thank you To Kill A King, for giving us your killer answers!