The Spiritual Dark Age is ‘the last three years of my life painstakingly distilled into 40 minutes of music,’ says To Kill a King frontman Ralph Pelleymounter.
After a three year hiatus, London based folk-rockers To Kill a King are back with a bang. Their new album, The Spiritual Dark Age is set for release. For local listeners, they’re performing a hugely anticipated live set at Southampton’s Joiner’s on the 25th.
The five-piece are back with their first record since 2015 after Pelleymounter took time away from the band to focus on writing – notably for one of 2017’s biggest breakthrough stars, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.
The time away seems to have reinvigorated the band. They have a trio of singles, already unveiled ahead of the album release on January 12th. The album is a follow up to their 2015 self-titled and critically acclaimed LP, To Kill a King.
Listen to Spiritual Dark Age below:
Praise for To Kill a King
“They’ve upped their game beyond recognition….their calling card is singer Ralph Pelleymounter’s voice, a gorgeous flexible croon” – Q
“The likes of Compare Scars and Love Is Not Control are instantly, insanely catchy, with feverish rhythms and call-and-response routines” – The Guardian
“The love child of INXS, The Maccabees and The National, with everything from charming ballads to big anthems” – Shortlist
Of course, frontman Pelleymounter has teased fans with what to expect ahead of the awaited offering, claiming there is a little bit of everything for everyone on the album.
“It has ballads for my single friends watching everyone else gradually pair off, and deities and fables getting drunk in bars. It has moments of anger and disgust at characters like Peter Popoff and their parasitic feeding of the most vulnerable people, and it has folk songs about two gods who’d rather burn down the world than admit they still love each other,” he said.
“But hopefully, in amongst the chaos and darker tales, it has an underlying message that compassion being such a beautiful and complex thing may just save the day,” the Londoner continued.
After more than 18 months away from the studio, To Kill a King have returned to where they belong. This January, they’re playing three consecutive headline shows in London. The move was made after announcing that a full UK tour would support and coincide with the release of The Spiritual Dark Age. Guitarist Grant McNeil said that it was a welcome addition after “two years in a room with a single window and a bare light bulb making this record.”
TO KILL A KING, HEADLINE TOUR JANUARY 2018
Thu 11 Sheffield Plug
Fri 12 Hull Früit
Sat 13 Manchester Academy 3
Mon 15 Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny
Tue 16 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thu 18 Nottingham Bodega
Fri 19 – Glasgow Drygate Brewery
Sat 20 Birmingham Castle Falcon (* please note venue change from Mama Roux’s)
Sun 21 Norwich Waterfront Studio
Tue 23 Bristol Thekla
Wed 24 Brighton The Hope and Ruin
Thu 25 Southampton The Joiners
Sat 27 London Islington Assembly Hall