Royal Blood – Tickets – Lee’s Palace. – Toronto, ON – October 14th, 2014

Royal Blood

Royal Blood

Kan Wakan

Tue 10/14

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Toronto, ON

$16.00 adv

This event is 19 and over

Royal Blood - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Royal Blood
Royal Blood is a mixture of anguished vocals, ferocious drumming and bass that provides intricate detail as well as a rumble of rhythm. Royal Blood are the result of a lineage that stretches from present day heroes Queens of the Stone Age to the influential Led Zeppelin, and all the way back to early blues pioneers

Yet this wall of sound emerges from just two men: Mike Kerr howls venomous lines such as "I've got a gun for a mouth and a bullet with your name on it" as his bass elicits a roar that a blind test would predict is the result of multiple musicians. Meanwhile drummer Ben Thatcher complements his band-mate's attack with the controlled aggression of a young Dave Grohl. Royal Blood wrap the primal essence of ferocious rock 'n' roll power around a surprisingly innate ability to craft deft melodies and soaring hooks.

Kerr is only willing to describe that eureka moment of sonic experimentation as the result of "three amps and a secret code of pedals" played on a collection of £220 small scale bass guitars. He invested in more expensive equipment but found it couldn't match the brute power of the cheaper alternatives

Royal Blood argue that being a duo forces them to find ever more inventive methods to bring their ideas to life. "We seem to resist every opportunity to do something the easy way and instead come up with a more creative solution," explains Kerr. "If it gets to a point where we think, how can we progress or can we go even larger, I'd like to think that there's another creative solution rather than expanding the line-up with additional musicians."

Kerr and Thatcher first met as teenagers and have been playing music together ever since. Kerr experimented with other instruments before settling on the bass & a unique cocktail of pedal & amps. Thatcher was given a drum kit for his sixth birthday and has remained committed to his instrument ever since. Thatcher, they laugh, is the organised and borderline OCD counterpoint to the chaotic and impulsive Kerr.

Things have moved fast since the duo formed Royal Blood at the start of 2012. Their pulverising debut single 'Out of the Black' earned significant national airplay, a feat which was repeated when the b-side 'Come On Over' gained further attention. Press acclaim followed likewise – NME, Clash, DIY and others – which resulted in Royal Blood being the only rock band to be named in the longlist for the BBC Sound of 2014 poll. Further endorsement arrived courtesy of Arctic Monkeys and Foals – two bands whom Royal Blood truly admire.

The coming months will see Royal Blood release the long awaited second single 'Little Monster', embark upon a headline tour in February and then hit the NME Awards Tour on a bill headed by Interpol. Longer term, there's the prospect of their upcoming debut album and the opening slot at Arctic Monkeys' two sold-out shows at Finsbury Park.
Kan Wakan - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Kan Wakan arrive with a striking breadth of vision that immediately places them among modern pop's most beguiling and inventive new artists. The Los Angeles-based group's extraordinary self-titled debut EP introduced their ornate and enveloping amalgam of psychedelic soul, post rock, electronica, noir jazz, 60s soundtrack stylings, and orchestral pop, all reshaped and rearranged to create something both startlingly original and utterly contemporary.

"KAN WAKAN" – which heralds the band's full-length debut, entitled "MOVING ON," – is highlighted by "Forever Found," and first single, "Like I Need You," which has already been championed by the ever-influential public radio station, KCRW, as well as by LA Weekly, which recently named Kan Wakan among the "Los Angeles Bands About To Blow Up."

Kan Wakan emerged in early 2012, the musical brainchild of composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui I. Linev. The Bulgarian-born musician originally set out to create solely instrumental music inspired by his lifelong passion for classical minimalism, but the involvement of chanteuse Kristianne Bautista and producer/guitarist Peter Potyondy rapidly saw the project grow in both scope and purpose.

"Initially the project began as an outlet for me to perform some of my bedroom instrumental ideas with a small chamber ensemble comprised of strings, brass and percussion" Linev says, "At one point it felt appropriate to introduce guitars, keyboard and drums into the mix, and around this time is when I met with Peter and Kristianne. It took a very natural course as we spent the next year or so experimenting together and more like minded musicians came into the mix."

As the core group built upon a truly variegated palette of influences, common musical themes began to manifest, including a epic but cinematic deep soul approach inspired by such icons as Bill Withers and Nina Simone. "Forever Found" – the band's first fully fleshed track – proved the aural template from which Kan Wakan lit out on their exploration of what Linev refers to as "the juxtaposition of song and symphony."

At the forefront is Bautista's powerful, provocative voice – described by Linev as not unlike "the lead instrument in an orchestra" – which conveys remarkable levels of romantic nuance and human complexity to songs like the mysterious "Moving On." With a name inspired by the word in Tagalog (Kristianne's native language) for interstellar/outer space, "Kalawakan," the trio was abetted with various players live, all of whom help bring the bold sonic vision to full fruition.

"Many roots of the music are inspired by moving picture and fiction. A lot of arrangement ideas usually start with a quick sentiment, and develop viscerally undocumented over some time before I feel comfortable enough writing them down."

Kan Wakan's opening demos earned them well-deserved attention, including significant airplay on the one and only KCRW. Having made an instantaneous impact, the band then spent the better part of 2013 recording at studios around the greater Los Angeles area. Produced by Linev (aka Crooked Waters), co-produced by Potyondy and multiple
GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Air, Gnarls Barkley) and Mixed by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Florence and the Machine, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Amy Winehouse) the sessions were adorned with sumptuous strings performed by the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Linev's beloved uncle, Bulgarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra music director/conductor Stefan Linev.

"We wanted to put no limits on what we were setting out to do," Linev says. "We tried to put as much of ourselves on the record as possible so that we can look back on it as a real and honest statement of who we were in that moment, both musically and spiritually."

Their most recent release is 2014's 'Moving On'.
Venue Information:
Lee's Palace.
529 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y5