Thursday, September 14, 2017

“Spiritual Dark Age” by To Kill A King – A Song Review

     To Kill A King rule the kingdom of dark lyrical content set to an upbeat melody. They captured the crown in 2013, with the release of a track about the need to make more friends, so that your parents will be proud when they see how many people attend your funeral (“Funeral”).  

     The latest release with this dark-yet-upbeat dichotomy is “Spiritual Dark Age.” The song begins with a simple acoustic guitar framing each quickly stated line in the verse:
“So the bood man said
Turns out God is dead
They're worshipping science instead
Faith in books they haven't read
They're angry all the time
Angry at some hole inside
Welcome to the spiritual dark age”

     Later, the track becomes percussively frantic. For portions of “Spiritual Dark Age,” even the guitar is used in a percussive manner. The tempo is well-suited for an optimistic message about the current conditions. It’s easy to find yourself getting lost in the melody and moving your foot or your shoulders to the beat. But the instruments never obscure the actual message. Just as the early acoustic guitar merely frames the lines in the lyrics, the distorted electric guitar frames later lines.

      To Kill A King tell us these are the Dark Ages:
“So the good man said
Turns out God is dead
We’re on our own this time
To work out what is yours and mine
No reward to being kind
No quick fix for the day, you’ll find (?)
Welcome to the spiritual dark age”

     The members of To Kill A King are Ralph Pelleymounter (vocals, guitar), James Ball (bass), Ben Jackson (keyboards), Grant McNeill (guitar), and Josh Taffel (drums). Thus far, only their January 2018 tour schedule is available. The dates are included at the bottom of this post. 

January 2018 Tour Schedule of To Kill A King
Thu 11 - Sheffield Plug
Fri 12 - Hull Früit
Sat 13 - Manchester Academy 3
Mon 15 - Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny
Tue 16 - Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wed 17 - Nottingham Bodega
Sat 20 - Birmingham Mama Roux’s
Sun 21 - Norwich Waterfront Studio
Tue 23 - Bristol Thekla
Wed 24 - Brighton The Hope and Ruin
Thu 25 - Southampton The Joiners
Sat 27 - London Islington Assembly Hall

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