A dynamic, soulful blues and rock band from Glasgow, King King is on a roll. Equipped with an army of fans and armfuls of awards, it's hard to believe that Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keys) have come so far, so fast. As Henry Yates of Classic Rock Blues wrote, ''King King are the hottest draw in British blues-rock''. Yet there's no smoke and mirrors behind their five-year rise: just killer songs, performed with true passion, by a fist-tight line up.
In short, there's no time for group back-slaps, even as King King approach the end of a truly vintage year. As a measure of the band's status, consider their five victories at the 2014 British Blues Awards, not least 'Best Band' (for a third consecutive year) and 'Best Album' for 2013's 'Standing in the Shadows'. Add to that the inclusion of Shadows in both the Classic Rock Blues Mag's Top 50 Albums of 2013, and Paul Jones' BBC Radio 2 end-of-year countdown (the only British album in the running), and it's raining statuettes.
Media plaudits are always welcome, but perhaps the most tangible evidence that King King is doing something right is the audiences who roared them to the rafters throughout 2014. While their records were spinning on stereos across the world, King King's tour bus wheels were doing the same, as the band took the international language of blues-rock to fans in France, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway and Germany (not to mention a set at the Crossroads Festival, filmed for the legendary music TV show Rockpalast).
With King King, the sound bites and statistics only tell half the story. For conclusive proof of this band's brilliance, you need only listen to their music. In 2015, Alan, Lindsay, Wayne and Bob will be pulling the trigger on a stunning new studio album, and launching a continent-hopping tour schedule. Which means there's never been a better time to experience their magic from the front row. King King is moving fast.