To Kill a King (band)

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To Kill A King
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Background information
Origin Leeds, England
Genres Rock
Years active 2009-present
Labels Communion Records, Xtra Mile Recordings
Website To Kill A King
Members Ralph Pelleymounter (vocals / acoustic guitar)
Peter Hakola (bass)
Josh Taffel (drums)
Grant McNeill (electric guitar)
Ben Jackson (synth and keys)
Past members Ian Dudfield (electric guitar)
Jon Willoughby (drums)
Josh Platman (bass/cello)

To Kill A King is a British rock band currently based in London. The band has been compared to others such as The National, Grizzly Bear and Frightened Rabbit.[1][2]

They have been the support act for recent Dog Is Dead and Bastille tour dates. To Kill A King played at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2013.

History[edit]

The band was formed in 2009, originally called Kid iD, by frontman Ralph Pelleymounter with Ian Dudfield and Josh Platman during their studies at University of Leeds. In late 2009, after a change of line-up, they renamed themselves, To Kill A King, as Jonathan Willoughby and Ben Jackson had joined the band.[3]

Their first single, "Fictional State", was released on 29 May 2011.[4] A video, directed by Jack King, was made for the single in April 2011.[5] To Kill A King's first EP, My Crooked Saint was released on 16 October 2011.

Between April and July 2012, To Kill A King uploaded videos for the songs "Funeral", "Let It Die" and "Rays", which were videos that they had made during rehearsals of the tracks. The Word Of Mouth EP was released on 23 July 2012. A video for "Howling" was uploaded to their YouTube account on 8 October 2012. The making of the video involved Ralph Pelleymounter being seated for 36 hours while 5,000 photographs were captured and used to form a video. The Word of Mouth EP was made available for Free Digital Download. The band also held a competition in which those who spread the news of their new EP in the most creative way, would receive a free copy of the Word of Mouth CD.[6] You can now purchase it from their store.

The band signed with Xtra Mile Recordings in August 2013 and re-released their debut album Cannibals With Cutlery as a deluxe version adding 4 additional tracks on 7 October which reached number thirteen in the Official Record Store Chart.[7]

In September 2013 the band had another change in line-up as Ian Dudfield and Jonathan Willoughby left. Grant McNeill (electric guitar) and Joshua Taffel (drums) stepped up in their places.[8]

The band's next EP Exit, Pursued A By Bear was released on 20 October 2014. Frontman Ralph Pelleymounter describes the EP as "a departure from where we were but not where we are going to end up. Call it a pit stop on the road to optimism, somewhere to pick up some snacks and petrol, maybe look at the local attractions, like a girl with a beard of bees or the worlds largest cigarette".[9] The EP features 5 new tracks. "Exit, Pursued By a Bear" is one of Shakespeare's most famous stage directions, which features in his 1623 play The Winter's Tale.

On 7 January 2015 the band announced the release of their sophomore album, titled eponymously "To Kill A King" with 11 brand new tracks. It's available for pre-order through iTunes and the band's page on digital download, CD and vinyl. It's due to be released on 2 March 2015.

Discography[edit]

My Crooked Saint EP - (2011)

Song Title Length
1 Bloody Shirt 3:46
2 We Used To Protest/Gamble 4:20
3 Family 5:15
4 Wrecking Crew 3:55

Word Of Mouth EP - (2012)

Song Title Length
1 Howling 4:11
2 Funeral 4:55
3 Besides She Said 4:30
4 Wolves 3:31
5 Rays 3:55
6 Let It Die 3:40

Cannibals With Cutlery [Deluxe Version] - (2013)

Song Title Length
1 I Work Nights And You Work Days 4:10
2 Cold Skin 3:20
3 Funeral 4:35
4 Wolves 3:32
5 Cannibals With Cutlery 0:42
6 Besides She Said 4:28
7 Gasp/The Reflex 3:45
8 Choices 6:28
9 Rays 3:55
10 Children Who Start Fires 4:34
11 Fictional State 4:52
12 Family 5:14
13 Letters To My Lover, The Dylan Fan 5:41
14 Cannibals With Cutlery (Reprise) 1:55
15 Standing In Front Of The Mirror 3:05
16 We Used To Protest/Gamble (Gamblers Version) 5:03
17 Howling (Acoustic Version) 4:04

Exit, Pursued By a Bear EP - (2014)

Song Title Length
1 Oh My Love 4:33
2 Breathe 3:01
3 The Constant Changing State of Us (Gold) 4:51
4 Love is Coal 5:22
5 So My Friends Want To Marry 2:58

To Kill A King - (2015)

# Song Title Length
1 Compare Scars 3:39
2 Love Is Not Control 3:11
3 Oh My Love 4:34
4 Friends 3:49
5 The Chancer 4:34
6 School Yard Rumours 3:15
7 Good Times (A Rake's Progress) 2:09
8 Musicians Like Gamblers Like Drunks Like Me 3:28
9 Grace at a Party 3:56
10 World of Joy (A List of Things to do) 4:20
11 Today 1:41

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