Fools For Kings – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
FFK: Fools for Kings are a Staffordshire based rock band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself
FFK: Following the merging of two previous bands, we formed Fools for Kings in 2016, comprising two brothers and friends from school. We originally started out as a cover band, just playing for fun. However, we recently started writing original music, starting with the EP title track Crown.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
FFK: Our biggest influences are Royal Blood and Muse, taking inspiration from a Muse lyric in Knights Of Cydonia for the band name. We love heavy riff-based bands like QOTSA, Don Broco and Arctic Monkeys. Other personal favourites can be seen on our artist playlists on Spotify (shameless plug). We also take inspiration from cultural icons such as Nick Grey.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
FFK: Playing live to as many people as we possibly can is really our only aim, even if nothing comes out of it. We just love the experience of playing live, even if it is just to our friends.
PD: Who writes your songs and what are they about?
FFK: We all contribute to the writing process but usually start with a riff from our guitarist, Jordan, or a melody from his brother Kieran, the lead singer. Then DC, bassist, and Brady, drummer, help to fill out the rest of the writing process with lyrics usually the last thing to come together. Each song is intended to be its own story, but there are overriding themes such, trust and lies, and gambling with them.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
FFK: We used all our social media platforms to promote our recent debut EP release. This is also how we will aim to promote future events and shows, with recent events currently making it difficult to play live. However, we look forward to trying out our new material at some point in the future.
PD: What do you think about Downloading music online?
FFK: We feel that at the end of the day, it does increase exposure to possibly generate more attention or sales in the future. It might have drawbacks for some people but there are ways to listen to music for free that still benefit artists such as Spotify.
PD: What song do you wish you had written and why?
FFK: For Jordan, Royal Blood’s Out of the Black has the awesome blend of catchy chorus and energetic riffs that makes for the perfect live song. DC would pick Everlong by Foo Fighters as it has always held a place in his heart. When the bridge builds, he has never been able to suppress goosebumps.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
FFK: Pronouncing “th” and “f” in the same way, like saying Fursday. And by far the worst- snapping guitar strings.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
FFK: Right now, getting our EP finished feels like an important goal achieved, that we are proud of. Hopefully, this is just the start of many more.
PD: What are you working on at the moment?
FFK: Whilst we have been in lockdown, we have been using the opportunity to write as many songs and riffs as we can, that hopefully will be ready for us to take to our shows when everything opens up again.
PD: What music have you got available online and where can we buy it from?
FFK: Our debut EP Crown was released this month and can be streamed across all major platforms. It can also be purchased from iTunes and will soon also be available via Bandcamp.