REVIEW – The King Blues ‘Punk & Poetry’ (Explicit) Album
The King Blues are a London based band that’s main focus is to tell the leaders of our country to jog on. As singer Jonny ‘Itch’ Fox sings, he wants to lynch the Prime Minister.
The King Blues are a true peoples band, they know how hard the streets can be and focus on telling it how it is. Their 2011 album ‘Punk and Poetry’ is an eerie and powerful album that will be sure to leave you thinking of our government and how they run things.
The opening song is a bit of a shoutout to the little people, no names mentioned but you’ll definately find something that matches up to you in Last Of The Dreamers. With a very repetitive choir like note and ska drums, it’s a bit of a mash up.
Right away you’re hit by powerful dubstep like synthesisers and reggae style rapping. We are F***ing Angry is a song about fighting back against the government cuts and uniting together to finally stand up to what’s important.
A rather jolly song about burning the world down, and starting again. That’s right, Set The World On Fire has happy melodies, sing-a-long choruses and standard drum beats. But the lyrics are about finding something brilliant and beautiful, unlike the media who only focus on the bad. I think when Itch is singing about setting the world on fire it’s a sarcastic slam at how punks can be portrayed in the newspapers.
A little out of place? Maybe. The 40’s style cabaret music that has the crackles of a dusty record is a bit of a comedown on this list. Dancehall is a song about not being able to leave the Earth as there’s somebody who keeps getting in the way.
Oh wait! Has this album took a turn from a promising set of heavy beats and ska guitars? The Future’s Not What It Used To Be does have the offbeat guitar, but it also has a lovely trumpet that’s holding the song together. The song is about not having dreams anymore, nothing to head towards or have asperations for. And he’s politely asking for the last person to ‘turn out the light.’
About two thirds of the way through this song restores hope for the rest of the album. You might want to turn your speakers down a notch for the 30 second breakout though.
I Want You is a very clever matching song to try and put into perspective how much Itch would like someone. A heartwarming rock song that is easy to grasp and sing along with. A personal favourite from the album.
Starting with a series of supermarket sounds, this song is about respecting women and how not all men are the same. Fighting back against the perfect Bruno Mars who made it impossible for a man to be realistic these days. 5 Bottles of Shampoo is straight to the point and an easy listen. Lovely melody and not too heavy drums.
Sex Education is a reggae-ska type song about accessing adult websites at such young ages is the reason for so many teenage pregnancies, it’s about how most kids are learning from porn instead of having a chat with their Dad’s. It’s hard not to have a laugh at some of the lyrics, but there’s certainly a more serious point behind the song.
Shooting Fascists is an acoustic ukulele about a Grandfather who knows how to fix all of the countrys problems from an armchair. Less than 50 seconds long, there’s not much to say about it.
Where the hell did this just come from?! I had to turn my headphones down because Headbutt is a heavy rock/punk song that includes talk of monkeys and Scarface. A power-ballad that includes rapping.
Does Anybody Care About Us? is a rock song with catchy riffs and funky basslines, the title says it all.
Everything Happens For A Reason is a song about Itch’s experience with how he had a child. It’s a powerful rock song, that has a really nice story of meeting a girl, moving in together and his first feeling of becoming a man. It’s a lot different to the other songs on the album, but it’s a fantastic ending.
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