Alvarez Kings Attacks 'Generic Indie Guitar Music,' Premieres Sparkling Track 'Tell Tale Heart'
Sheffield, England's Alvarez Kings entered the recording studio recently, looking to annihilate current alternative music trends.
"In the camp there's a feeling of becoming fed up with the same generic indie guitar music of our peers," bassist-vocalist Paul Thompson tells Billboard. They call their sound "progressive pop," and it's definitely got a little of both.
After recently signing with Sire/Warner Brothers, Alvarez Kings are set to release their new EP Fear to Feel on June 16 in the United States. They're premiering a gem called "Tell Tale Heart" exclusively via Billboard, and we suggest you take a listen. The buildups sound like they're ready to take on the world in Joshua Tree-era U2 fashion, just in time for when a glistening guitar line comes in and drives the song skyward. Take a listen:
"Went into the studio to record what would become Fear to Feel: a blend of soaring melody, thought-provoking lyrics, and epic dynamic ranges and intricate musicality," Thompson says, doing his best to give a music critic's take on his own band's ambitions. "The new EP takes on forever altering soundscapes ranging from electronica and deep house production through indie hooks and melody, flirting with complex time signatures and a symphonic cacophony of instrumentation and harmony, whilst maintaining its popular vigor at its core."
That might sound like a awful lot to swallow, but we're pretty sure that's all in "Tell Tale Heart" somewhere, or at least in the rest of Fear to Feel, which is up for pre-order on iTunes.
Alvarez Kings is touring with Echosmith May 19-26 in the U.K. and will be playing stateside on the Warped Tour from June 19 through Aug. 8. Check out their complete itinerary here.