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King King are on a roll. Faced with their 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 notes, “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 lineup.
Right now, the Glasgow-based band stand on the brink of their busiest period to date, preparing to pull the trigger on their hotly anticipated third album, Reaching For The Light, and bring the music to fans across Europe. “Our schedule is so busy,” laughs Alan. “But you’ve just got to run with it.”
In short, there’s no time for backslaps, even as King King reflect on an astonishing early run. As a measure of the band’s impact, 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 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 now, with ‘Reaching For The Light’ due to land on May 5th, they’ll need to clear some space in the trophy cabinet. 
Media plaudits are always welcome, but perhaps the most tangible evidence that King King are doing something right are the audiences who have roared them to the rafters across the planet. It’s quite a coup, in an era when we’re told that honest, dues-paying rock ‘n’ roll is on the ropes. But then, ever since their live debut shook the Monaghan Blues Festival back in 2010, it was obvious there was something special about this four-piece. 
King King were never exactly a ‘new band’, of course. Alan was already a familiar face on the international blues circuit while Lindsay, Wayne and original keys man Bennett Holland were all first-choice musicians with pedigree and past-form. Yet critically, whereas many talented lineups become a tug-of-war between egos, King King soon hit on a winning team dynamic, with all four members creating synergy on the stage and sparking ideas in the studio.
 First came 2011’s ‘Take My Hand’. Dubbed “tremendous, terrific” by Maverick Magazine, crowned Blues Album of the Month in Classic Rock, and ultimately scoring the band’s first British Blues Award for ‘Best Album’, it was one hell of an opening gambit – topped only by the release of ‘Standing In The Shadows’ in March 2013. 
While lesser bands complain of ‘difficult second album syndrome’, this was a follow-up that bottled King King’s jaw-breaking live power, and underlined the lineup’s evolving songwriting on tracks from the tough More Than I Can Take to the tender Long History Of Love. The Classic Rock Blues Mag deemed it “a sure-fire hit”, and they were proved right, with demand for King King pulling the new lineup – now bolstered by Bob’s astonishing prowess on keys and organ – from Eastern Europe to Canada, for house-rocking sets that included the Ottawa and Mont Tremblant Blues Fests and the Canada AM show.
With King King, the soundbites and statistics only tell half the story. For conclusive proof of this band’s brilliance, you need only play the music – and the smart move is to start with their most powerful and personal album to date, ‘Reaching For The Light’. Co-written by all four members, recorded in snatches between touring commitments, and channeling everything from hard-rock to gospel, it’s another step up from a band with no reverse gear. “We’re really proud of this album,” says Alan. “It’s faster, louder, more energetic, more exciting. It’s got the potential to blow the roof off.”
No doubt, you’ll want to be there when it does. Alongside the release of ‘Reaching For The Light’ on May 5th, Alan, Lindsay, Wayne and Bob will be embarking on a continent-hopping tour schedule in 2015 that means there’s never been a better time to experience their magic from the front row. 
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King King are on a roll. Faced with their army of fans and armfuls of awards, there’s no doubting that Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keys) are a band with the wind in their sails. As Classic Rock points out: “King King are setting the blues world on fire.” Yet there’s no smoke and mirrors behind their six-year rise, just killer songs, performed with true passion, by a fist-tight lineup. 

Right now, King King stand on the brink of their busiest period to date, committed to a 2016 tour schedule that will see the band raise roofs from their home turf of Glasgow to Europe, Asia and beyond. Straight out of the blocks, they’ll be rocking the Mahindra Festival in Mumbai, then opening arena dates as support to the mighty Thunder. In Spring, they head out on their own UK headline tour, then bring the noise across mainland Europe. And if you can’t be down the front, look out for the band’s very first live album and DVD…

In short, there’s no time for backslaps, even as King King reflect on an astonishing run of form. As a measure of the band’s current status, consider a few highlights of 2015. Induction into The British Blues Awards Hall Of Fame (as winners of ‘Best Band’ for three consecutive years). Nomination for ‘Best New Band’ at Classic Rock’s prestigious Roll Of Honour (they finished in the top three). Plus, let’s not forget the international acclaim for third release Reaching For The Light, which figured in Best Albums Of 2015 polls by magazines including Classic Rock and The Blues, and topped the countdown in Detroit’s Blues Rock Review (“Another masterclass from King King”). 
 
Media plaudits are always welcome, but perhaps the most tangible evidence that King King are doing something right are the audiences who have roared them to the rafters across the planet. It’s quite a coup, in an era when we’re told that honest, dues-paying rock ‘n’ roll is on the ropes. But then, ever since their live debut shook the Monaghan Blues Festival back in 2010, it was obvious there was something special about this four-piece.
 
By 2011, King King had proved themselves in the studio, too, with debut release Take My Hand dubbed “tremendous, terrific” by Maverick Magazine, crowned Blues Album of the Month in Classic Rock, and ultimately scoring the band’s first British Blues Award for ‘Best Album’.

If ‘Take My Hand’ caught the scene’s attention, then the release of ‘Standing In The Shadows’ in March 2013 announced that King King were a band on the up. While lesser artists complain of ‘difficult second album syndrome’, this was a follow-up that bottled the lineup’s jaw-breaking live power, and underlined their evolving songwriting on tracks from the tough 
‘More Than I Can Take’ to the tender ‘A Long History Of Love’. 

The Blues deemed ‘Standing In The Shadows’ “a sure-fire hit”, and they were proved right, with demand for King King pulling the band from Eastern Europe to Canada, for house-rocking sets that included the Ottawa and Mont Tremblant Blues Fests and the Canada AM show. King King, it seemed, were everywhere, whether opening for Brit-blues godfather John Mayall at 34 dates across the UK, or performing for the iconic German TV show Rockpalast. “Our schedule is so busy,” laughs Alan. “But you’ve just got to run with it.”
 
With King King, the soundbites and statistics only tell half the story. For conclusive proof of this band’s brilliance, you need only play the music – and the smart move is to start with their most powerful and personal album to date, 2015’s ‘Reaching For The Light’. Co-written by all four members, recorded in snatches between touring commitments, and channelling everything from hard-rock to gospel, it represented another step up from a band with no reverse gear, prompting The Blues to declare that King King “have confirmed their place as the alphas of the British blues-rock pack”.
  
If 2015 was all about the studio, then 2016 is all about the stage, and as Alan, Lindsay, Wayne and Bob embark on a continent-hopping tour schedule, there’s never been a better time to experience their power and majesty from the front row. King King are moving fast. Catch them if you can…