New artist of the day: King Champion SoundsKing Champion Sounds.

They sound like the primordial ooze that birthed touchstones like the Stooges and the Velvets come to life, nursing a mutha of a hangover, and a grudge. They sound like a group of 5 marauding musicians who locked hard into a groove and gave the 6th fellow the chance to grab the mic and spew out his laser guided lyrics. As on record as live. this band are something to behold.

King Champion Sounds came to life after being asked to open for Mike Watt at the start of 2013. Ajay (Donkey / The Bent Moustache) picked up the challenge of opening for a musical inspiration (and friend) and wrote an entirely new set of songs for a one-off show. Recruiting GW Sok (lyrics commandante and ex The Ex vocalist), Oli (Shrug / year Of Birds), Mees (a 17 year old wunderkind drummer) and a horn section featuring ol’ school jazzers Ditmer and Chris, the band set about a period of intensive rehearsals and culminated in a show that received acclaim from a packed venue and from Watt and his cohorts as well. The gauntlet was thrown for better things, and duly taken by the band. More well received shows were played and an album has been recorded titled “Different Drummer” (to be released on Monday 14 October). These tracks reached the ears of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who insisted on KCS opening for them at a sold out show at the Paradiso in July.

October 2013 sees the release of the debut album (“Different Drummer” will be released on the band’s own label Wormer Bros. / distributed in the UK through Forte Distribution….includes free CD inside with bonus track) and 13 shows in 13 days taking in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK.

Touching on the jams created by The Fall, Can, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, Public Image Limited, King Tubby, this band will set your pulse racing. Don’t miss out!!!

King Champion Sounds website is here. You can find more of their music on their Bandcamp.

They are on tour soon, see details below these videos:




Tues 15 October: NIJMEGEN / Onderbroek (w/ Daneille Liebskind)

Wednesday 16 October: WAGENINGEN / De Overkant

Thurs 17 October: LEIDEN / Cab 03 (w/ Betonfraktion, Frankenberries)

Fri 18 October: WORMERVEER / De Groote Weiver…album presentation show with special guests Ab Baars + Ig Henneman)

Sat 19 October: ROTTERDAM / Worm (w/ The Ex)

Sun 20 October: AMSTERDAM / Occii (w/ Steve Gunn)

Mon 21 October: AMSTERDAM / Melkweg (w/ The View)

Tue 22 October: AMSTERDAM / Paradiso (w/ Deerhunter)

Wed 23 October: LONDON / Strongroom Studios

Thu 24 October: LONDON / Buffalo Bar (w/ The Nightingales)

Fri 25 October: MANCHESTER / Ruby Lounge (w/ The Lovely Eggs)

Sat 26 October: PRESTON / The Continental (w/ The Primitives, The Nightingales, Yeah Yeah Noh, The Wolfhounds)

Sun 27 October: GRONINGEN / Vera (w/ Sebadoh)

New artist of the day: King Champion Sounds

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