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'The King Lot'
Release Date: Monday 2nd March 2015

Johnny Main

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The members of Scottish hard rock trio, The King Lot (who was the eponymous king of Lothian in the Arthurian legend, if you wondered where the bands name came from), have been around in various different bands and projects over the years before they decided to pull together in 2014 and officially launch the band.

Since then, they've travelled the country sharing stages with The Answer, Beasto Blanco, Vain and H.E.A.T. but their self titled album is their first recording they've done together and sometimes it takes a bold step like this to realise what power this trio have together.

When I say "power", I'm not talking about huge guitar riffs and thundering drums, but more simply the ability to write not just one great song, but an album choc full of them.

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The first track, 'As They Burn', is probably one of the fastest tracks presented by the band with frontman and bass player Jason Sweeney really stretching himself as he navigates his way through the wordy verses before he settles down as he reaches the catchy chorus.

There's also a great central guitar riff, courtesy of Michael Fairbairn, and as the song reaches it's conclusion he gives you a hint of what a prodigious guitar talent he really is.

Of course, the third member of this band, drummer Chris Gillon, is just as important and he's also more than a match for Sweeney and Fairbairn in terms of musical talent. 'Addicted', a song about unrequited love, is where it all comes together for the band in this surprisingly upbeat number. After Gillon blasts out the drum beats during the intro, the song settles down to a nice mid-paced number and it becomes one of the best vocal performances from Sweeney. There's another catchy chorus grabs you quickly and doesn't easily let you go.

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The mid-point of the album is 'Let's Get Together' which is another track kicked off by Gillons solid drumming before Sweeney joins in with the bass line as the song quickly gathers pace. The pair of them provide a solid base for the rest of the song to lie on as the guitar hook from Fairbairn drives the songs.

It should be said too that Sweeney puts in a great bluesy vocal performance here and, as you'd expect, there's another catchy chorus here that will have you singing along after relatively few listens.

If I had to choose a favourite track then without a doubt it's 'All Is Not Lost' which, it turns out, is the album's sole ballad. Slow and moody are the key words here, with Gillon playing a soft and simple drum beat which is pushed to the back of the mix as some long, flowing guitar chords from Fairbairn take centre stage, making this a real highlight of the album for me.

Sweeney's vocals sound not unlike Joe Elliott (of Def Leppard fame) at his very best here and, especially during the verses, every nuance is uttered by Sweeney with pure emotion. This outstanding track is pretty much guaranteed to get the crowd swaying along during a live gig and if the band are looking for a radio friendly single to get their name out there, then I honestly don't think they need to look any further than this track.

Album closer, 'Queen Of Hearts' is a nice change of sound as the band swap the electric guitars for acoustic ones. You can practically hear the joy from the band as they slip effortlessly through the number, which sounds like it was recorded as a band in one single take.

It's a perfect finish to a solid debut album, which is carved out of solid musicianship along with some very catchy choruses.

It was clear to me from early on that this powerhouse trio have delivered a formidable debut album that promises so much more from them in the future.

You can see The King Lot live here:
Saturday 14th February – Howden Park Centre, Livingston (with Big Country)
Saturday 21st February – Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate (with Dan Reed)
Thursday 5th March – The Asylum, Birmingham (with Venrez and The Infamous)
Monday 9th March – Audio, Glasgow (with Venrez and Rank Berry)
Wednesday 11th March – Madhatter's, Inverness (with Venrez) – Free Show
Thursday 12th March – Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate (with Venrez)
Saturday 21st March – Downstairs, Aberdeen (with Estrella and GutterGodz)

'The King Lot' Track List:
As They Burn
One Of These Days
Ghost Of You
Let's Get Together
Until My Dying Day
All Is Not Lost
The Bang Of A Drum
Queen Of Hearts

The King Lot are:
Jason Sweeney – Vocals/Bass Guitar
Michael Fairbairn – Guitarist/Vocals
Chris Gillon – Drums/Vocals

The King Lot Online:

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