The Queen Killing Kings

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The Queen Killing Kings
The Queen Killing Kings at SXSW 2009.jpg
TQKK at SXSW 2009: Zac Clark, Joe Ballaro, Dan Duggins and Coley O'Toole, with interviewer Derek Nicoletto
Background information
Origin New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2006–present
Labels Wind-up Records
Website TQKK on Facebook
Members Coley O'Toole
Joe Ballaro
Dan Duggins
Zac Clark
Past members Jon Scerbo

The Queen Killing Kings are an American rock band based out of New Haven, Connecticut. Originally a duo started in 2006 by lead singer/songwriter/pianist Coley O'Toole, the band has expanded into a four-piece with the release of their debut album, Tidal Eyes.


Growing up in Shelton, Connecticut, frontman Coley O'Toole cited the rock music of Neil Young, Elton John, Supertramp, and the Doors along with the energy of the mid- to late-1990s Connecticut music scene as having a great influence on him.[1]

The inspiration for the band's name came from O'Toole's realization that all things must come to an end. Starting the band in the midst of a broken heart, O'Toole used a Queen and a King to depict two very powerful forms of an alliance. The alliance would eventually end and the Queen and King would ultimately destroy each other.[2]

In 2006, after a decade of playing in various projects based in Connecticut, O'Toole formed the Queen Killing Kings with drummer Jon Scerbo. The duo was met with praise in the local venues and media.[3][4]

With performances in Los Angeles and New York City, the band's initial success was extended beyond the local area, gaining them industry attention. After entering the Manhattan's Pyramid Studios to record what would become their debut album, former Hot Rod Circuit member and O'Toole's childhood friend Joe Ballaro joined the band on bass. Scerbo left the band early in the recording process, prompting O'Toole to bring in former Hot Rod Circuit drummer Dan Duggins. After signing to Wind-up Records, Zac Clark joined to play Fender Rhodes and organ, making the band a quartet.[4]

The band's debut album, Tidal Eyes, was released digitally by Wind-up Records on July 14, 2009.[1]



  1. ^ a b La Gorce, Tammy (July 11, 2009). "Rock 'n' Roll, Locally Grown". New York Times. Retrieved July 31, 2009. 
  2. ^ Frances, Susan. "The Queen Killing Kings". Hybrid Magazine. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ferrucci, Patrick (February 20, 2009). "Queen Killing Kings and more local news". New Haven Register. Retrieved July 31, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b LaRue, Brian (February 17, 2009). "Killer Queen". New Haven Advocate. Retrieved July 31, 2009. [dead link]

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