The King Blues tell nothing but The Gospel Truth

In case anybody out there hadn't noticed, a lot has gone down over the past 18 months. From Brexit to the Syrian refugee crisis, and rounding off the year with Trump being elected - I could go on. Not to mention the tragic loss of legendary acts such as David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen, to name but a few. Basically, the past year has sucked. A lot. The general consensus is that the scale of terrifying events can only mean that the apocalypse is just around the corner. So it was perfectly timed when The King Blues re-surfaced early last year with the EP Off With Their Heads; it seemed as though the band had come back to lead the masses in their own uprising with a punchy, political anthem.

Accompanied by a music video directed by Scroobius Pip, we see the band strap cut out faces of David Cameron to their heads while they perform. Needless to say most thought that this was just a taster of what was yet to come. Fans everywhere waited in anticipation for Itch and the boys to bounce back with a brand new album.

Another year passes and The King Blues are indeed back, with their first full-length album in 5 years. Considering the band's previous work and a tendency to voice their political opinions, The Gospel Truth is far more personal; they focus less on what is happening in the world around them and take a more introspective approach. The album opens with recorded confessions and omissions from their fans. The voices talk about what has affected them over the last year, from broken relationships to social anxiety and depression.

Frontman Itch carries this on lyrically throughout most of the album, airing a few demons of his own. On the track “Getting Better” he openly admits, “I isolate myself, cos I still hate myself.” It is refreshing to see this more vulnerable side of the band, and not what most expected from the album. They haven't strayed that far from their punk rock roots, though; most of these songs will make you throw on a Rancid t-shirt and skank off into the night. And tracks like “America Don't Want Me Anymore” (guess what that song's about) still have that political streak in them.

The album is solid and consistent and, dare I say, more polished than some of their previous work. However, it still retains that rough edge and quick-witted commentary that make The King Blues a really unique band. Honest punk poetry is what they do best, and this album definitely delivers on that front.

Release: 14th April 2017, Cooking Vinyl

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