Joseph King (musician)
Murder My Sweet
Joseph John King is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Brooklyn, New York whose music has spanned several genres including rock, reggae, dub, surf, and trip hop. He is currently touring in support of his latest album, Wanderlusting, which was released March 4, 2014. He formerly fronted the bands Deadbeat Darling, Canvas, and Murder My Sweet.
Joseph's current album Wanderlusting was recorded during the summer of 2013 at Bird Creek Studios in the woods of upstate New York with co-producer, studio owner and long-time friend Drew Nix. Inspired by the solace of the isolated bucolic surroundings, the pair created a collection of songs which act as vignettes into a year in Joseph's life when his former relationship, band and record label all collapsed. The album exudes a sense of celebration, mischief, irreverence and beauty, and has a stripped-down indie rock meets 60's surf sound.
To tour the album, Joseph formed a three-piece live band with himself on lead vocals and guitar, Kayce Laine McGehee on keyboards and backing vocals, and Will Whatley on drums. The group played a sold out album release concert March 6 at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City before setting out on nationwide tour dates.
Joseph formed the band Deadbeat Darling in 2006 after moving to New York City from Austin, Texas. The band released their debut EP Belle Epoch in 2007, and followed with the LP Weight of Wandering in 2009. In 2012 they were signed to British record label Spearhavoc Records for the release of their second LP The Angel's Share. Deadbeat Darling played several national tours as well as touring in the UK and became one of the strongest drawing bands in the New York indie music scene, selling out the Bowery Ballroom four times.
King formed his first band Canvas at age 19 while a student at Stanford University. The band settled in Austin, adding bassist Brad Byram, lead guitarist Julian Mandrake, and drummer Scott Thomas. The group released four albums and toured relentlessly, playing over 500 concerts and becoming one of the most popular bands in Texas, before breaking up in 2006. Since their breakup, Canvas has played a handful of reunion concerts, most recently in August 2014.
With Deadbeat Darling
- Belle Epoch (2007)
- Weight of Wandering (2009)
- The Angels Share (2012)