Kilt Wearing Blues Heroes are back!

The wait is over. There’s no denying the buzz surrounding King King’s highly anticipated third studio album, Reaching For The Light. At a time when the shuffled playlist holds sway, along comes nine hot tracks that defy you to press skip.

In 2015, “Reaching For The Light” is the main event. Released May 5th on Manhaton Records, this third studio album is set to rubber-stamp King King’s status as the boldest creative force in the game, and dashes the hopes of rivals out to take their crown.

“We’re really proud of this album,” says front man Alan Nimmo. “It’s faster, louder, more energetic and more exciting. It’s got the potential to blow the roof off.”

Don’t call it a comeback. King King has never been away. Two years may have passed since the Glasgow outfit’s all-conquering second album, Standing In The Shadows,established them as pack-leaders of the British scene, but Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar),Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keyboards) have barely cooled their heels or left the headlines.

This new album is no one-trick pony. Tracking at the Superfly Studios in Nottinghamshire, snatching days between tour commitments, the band’s group songwriting ran the gamut, from the gospel-inflected beauty of Lay With Me to the funk-rock flavours of Crazy.

“Everyone puts in their input and influences,” says Alan. “Bob is a big Janis Joplin fan, Wayne likes Genesis, and Lindsay comes from the background of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and all these obscure country bands. So there’s a great mixture in there. And after spending so much time on the road together, we’ve got real chemistry too. This band is like a gang. And that’s how it has to be.”

The dynamic musicianship, meanwhile, is bolstered by lyrics that are heartfelt and raw.

“Each song has a personal meaning, drawn from my own experience,” explains Alan. “I actually wrote the lyrics to Rush Hour when I was sixteen, about the pressures of life, but then I didn’t touch it again until now, when I tracked it down and finished it off. Hurricaneis about when someone comes in to your life and leaves again, leaving you feeling like you’ve been bulldozed and you want more! You Stopped The Rain is a sadder story: I wrote the lyrics when my brother had cancer in his throat a few years back, and had an operation. The worry that came with that for everyone was distressing. Obviously, you find a way to ease things, and luckily enough, I get to write about these things through songs.”

In 2015, with so many bands seemingly content to settle for transient throwaway pop,Reaching For The Light is real music: an album to soundtrack the good times and soothe you during the bad. Of course, King King will take all the plaudits, sales and awards statuettes you care to sling their way – but that’s not the objective.

“We all want to take this band as far as we can,” says Alan. “You want to sell as many albums as possible, and anyone who says they don’t enjoy five-star reviews is lying. But most important is that we’ve got a great album that people can listen to and enjoy. That’s what really matters – and that’s the truth.”

MUSICIANS

Alan Nimmo – Guitars, vocals
Lindsay Coulson – Bass
Wayne Proctor – Drums
Bob Fridzema – Keyboards

EW DATE – ALBUM LAUNCH:
LONDON JAZZ CAFÉ
Wednesday 6th May 2015

Tickets: £16.00 / Box Office: 0207 485 6834
Book Online: TicketMaster.co.uk
5 Parkway, London, NW1 7PG
www.thejazzcafelondon.com

KENDALL BREWERY ARTS CENTRE
Thursday 19th February
2015
Tickets £15.00 / 01539 725133
Book Online:  www.breweryarts.co.uk
122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE

www.breweryarts.co.uk

LINCOLN DRILL HALL
Friday 20th February
2015
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01522 873894
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
www.lincolndrillhall.com

CHESTER LIVE ROOMS
Saturday 21st February
2015
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01244 317171
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
1 Station Road, Chester, CH1 3DR
www.theliverooms.com

NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS
Sunday 22nd February
2015
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 0115 828 3173
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
25 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5LB
www.rescuerooms.com

WORTHING PIER SOUTHERN PAVILLION
Wednesday 25th February
2015
Tickets: £16:00 / Box Office: 0800 093 5337
Book Online: www.wegottickets.com
Sea Front, Worthing, BN11 3PX
www.worthingpier.co.uk

LEAMINGTON SPA ASSEMBLY
Thursday 26th February
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office:  0844 854 1358
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Spencer St, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 3NF
www.leamingtonassembly.com

NEWBURY ARLINGTON ARTS
Friday 27th February
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01635 244246
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Mary Hare School, Newbury, West Berkshire RG14 3BQ
www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

MILTON KEYNES STABLES SOLD OUT
Saturday 28th February
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01908 280800
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 8LU
www.stables.org

READING THE BOWERY DISTRICT
Sunday 1st March
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01189 595 395
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
110-117 Friar Street, Reading, West Berkshire, RG1 1EP
www.thebowerydistrict.co.uk

SOUTHAMPTON TALKING HEADS
Wednesday 4th March
2015
Tickets £15 / Box Office: 02380 678446
Book Online   www.thetalkingheads.co.uk
320 Portswood Road, Southampton. SO17 2TD

www.thetalkingheads.co.uk

LONDON BORDERLINE SOLD OUT
Thursday 5th March
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 020 7734 5547
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Orange Yard, Manette St, London, W1D 4JB
http://mamacolive.com/theborderline

EXETER PHOENIX
Friday 6th March
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01392 667080
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

BILSTON ROBIN
Saturday 7th March
2015
Tickets £15 / Box Office: 01902 401211
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
20-28 Mt Pleasant, Bilston, West Midlands, WV14 7LJ
www.therobin.co.uk

CARDIFF THE GLOBE
Sunday 8th March
2015
Tickets £15 / Box Office: 08444 780 898
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
125 Albany Road, Cardiff, Wales, CF24 3NS
www.globecardiffmusic.com

NORWICH EPIC
Thursday 12th March
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01603 727 727
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
112-114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JD
www.epicstudiosnorwich.com

SHEFFIELD CITY HALL BALLROOM
Friday 13th March
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01442 789 789
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool, Sheffield, S1 2JA
www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

MANCHESTER BAND ON THE WALL
Saturday 14th March
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 0845 2 500 500
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
25 Swan St, The Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JZ
www.bandonthewall.org

LEEDS WARDROBE
Wednesday 18th March
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01133 838 800
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Leeds Wardrobe, St Peter’s Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH
www.thewardrobe.co.uk

GATESHEAD SAGE
Thursday 19th March
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 0191 443 4661
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
www.sagegateshead.com

STOCKTON ARC
Friday 20th March
2015
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01642 525 199
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Stockton Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
www.arconline.co.uk

GLASGOW O2 ABC
Saturday 21st March
2015
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 0141 332 2232
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA
www.o2abc.co.uk

ABERDEEN THE LEMON TREE
Sunday 22nd March 2015

Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01224 337 688
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT
www.aberdeenperformingarts.com