The Kingship Review at The Maze
It always feels a bit lazy to review a band by comparison to another band, but sometimes there's no getting around it. The Kingship play with an energy and oftentimes sound that reminds you of Arctic Monkeys.
Okay let’s clarify that a little further, by no means is this band posing or invoking Arctic Monkeys, but you look at the fact that they are young and talented lads, have wittier songs than you may expect from such young composers, and the fact that they have a great and meaningful connection with an audience; an audience, I hasten to add that, clearly loved what they were hearing… Sounds familiar to that other band, doesn’t it?
So, they took to the stage on September 11th following an enormously talented musician of a completely different style, so the audience were warm and had enjoyed what they had been hearing. Not easy to convince a crowd that they really ought to be listening to something else when they’re already tuned for an evening. Seemingly nobody has ever said this to The Kingship because they didn’t apologise, explain or cajole the crowd, instead they stuck to the music and put on the show. With plenty of banter with the crowd they clearly knew how to pitch themselves and their music, which was great to see.
Finishing with covers of ‘My Generation’ and ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ was surprising from a band who had established such confidence throughout their original songs during the course of their setlist. One wonders whether these songs were chosen more for band’s own indulgences than laser-guided jump around the dance floor assurances. That being said they put as much, if not more into the covers than they did their own stuff so you have to respect that, certainly when the audience so clearly did and I think it’s pretty sure to say that The Who and The Libertines wouldn’t have been upset with their respective renditions.
So, back to the beginning, if these boys can keep doing what they’re doing, and winning over audiences like they did on the 11th, there is every chance that they can emulate the considerable successes of Arctic Monkeys, and as they’re such nice lads you really hope they do too; anyway, it’s always better for a band to be positively compared to great bands than for them to be condemned to mediocrity like the vast majority. Look out for their next show.