The British band ‘The Kill a King’ who are near and dear to my heart has an exciting new gig you need to hear about. And yes it is of the charitable kind.

The band which features members, Ralph Pellymounter, James Ball, Josh Taffel, Grant McNeil, & Ben Jackson are headlining their first fundraising gig in support of a addiction and mental health charity named “Music Support”. The concert (on May 28th) will be held at Omera in London, UK & hosted by Pearse Grady at Baker Boy Music and Amy Gordon of Diamond Jacks Management.

“This our first ever fundraising show and we are incredibly proud and excited that a band with the calibre of To Kill A King are joining us. It goes to show that we are really receiving support from all areas of the industry across the board, and events like this enable us to continue providing the crucial services to the industry that we saw such a need for.”
– Matt Thomas, Music Support founding trustee

The band ‘To Kill A King’ released their latest album, “The Spiritual Dark Age” this past January to a set of devoted fans and led by a string of single releases which include the title track. The record is a mix of soft acoustic guitar tracks to more upbeat jazzy rock numbers. The band followed up this album release with a opening tour slot with the band ‘Bastille’ on the “Reorchestrated” tour.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the ‘Music Support’ charity to help achieve it’s mission of insuring that no one in the UK music industry who suffers with addiction and mental health issues alone.

“Music Support do incredibly important work in an industry that can be exploitative of its artists and when we were asked to get involved, we jumped at the chance. Omeara is one of our favourite small venues and we’re planning on making it a really special night,”
– ‘To Kill a King’ guitarist, Grant McNeill.

To Kill a King’ has invited Singer-Songwriter Charlie Barnes, who has also toured with Bastille as both an opening act and most notably as a touring member, to perform with them. Charlie’s beautiful and atmospheric second album “Oceanography” was released back in March with the second single “Bruising” released on May 4th. The band have also invited Monty Taft to open the show. The 18 year old Singer-Songwriter from Jersey whose unique sound is genre blending allowing him to gain critical acclaim and music industry interest since releasing his first single “These Walls” in 2015. At 18 he has already performed at over 400 live shows. Monty Taft’s latest single, “Delay” is out now.

“It’s such an honour to have been asked to be part of this night for Music Support. Being involved in music can be a pretty weird job; of course it has its dizzying highs, but those can’t exist without some, in my experience, fairly daunting lows. It can be so easy to feel like you’re the only person in the world experiencing tough times in this industry, but organisations like Music Support are doing wonderful work to help us all feel a little bit less like we’re on our own. I’m also, like, totally pumped to get to see my new best buds To Kill A King again, and make a new friend in the Marvellous Monty Taft”
– Charlie Barnes

So folks if you’re in London on May 28th. This is a gig not to be missed. A great lineup of talented musicians all looking to help a great cause in a celebratory manor.

Tickets are on sale now!

Follow Music Support here:
Twitter: (@Musicsupport_uk)
Instagram: (@Musicsupport_uk)
Follow To Kill a King’ here:
Twitter: (@ToKillAKing)
Instagram: (@ToKillAKing)
Follow Charlie Barnes here:
Twitter: (@CharlieBarnes)
Instagram: (@CharlieBarnesMusic)
Follow Monty Taft here:
Twitter: (@MontyTaft)
Instagram: (@MontyTaft)
Follow Omeara London:
Twitter: (@OmearaLondon)
Listen to ‘To Kill A King’
Listen to ‘Charlie Barnes’
Listen to ‘Monty Taft’

Brittney W.

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Hey kiddos, I’m back with another album review. Actually two. But the first review is the stunning record by the British Singer-Songwriter, Charlie Barnes who is also a touring band member with Bastille. The album is named “Oceanography” and aptly named as well. The entire album surrounding my ears with lush vocals and guitar tones all made to sound or correlate with the ocean I could only guess. The cover even features a circle of abstract ocean blues in the middle of a colorless nothing.

Photo courtesy of Charlie Barnes
Oceanography by Charlie Barnes

The opening track on “Oceanography” is quite a usual one appropriately titled “Intro”. The uniqueness of “Intro” fully sets in when you realize it’s all drowned out chatter, footsteps and random commotion. So … wait?! Are we in a Coffee shop Charlie? Next, we segue into the title track which is very reminiscent of Brit-Pop in the 90s with added electro elements and sweeping guitars. I even hear some classical instrumentation in the back which add to the dramatics of the song. We next launch into “Will and Testament” which also show how much touring with Bastille has influenced the Derbyshire musician. Not only are Dan Smiths’ (Bastille lead singer) vocals featured in the background. You can truly hear here the electronic production the most. On songs “Oceanography” and “Will And Testament” Charlie’s voice which is so unique and unlike most voices out there soars the most. Songs like “Bruising” and “Ruins” showcase more of Charlie’s roots as a musician with heavy melodic elements and acoustic guitar. “One Word Answers” is a fun guitar jam that’s heavy on the drums and melody. The chorus is where it truly shines through, with the lyric; “And I only give you one-word answers”. Pay attention for that high note and the bits of tambourine throughout!

“The Departure”, “Legacy”, and “Former Glories” are all slower more peaceful moments on the album that remind me of the tide rolling in. Where Charlie’s voice is at the forefront with more introspective lyrics. I even hear a bit of very early Coldplay with a slight jazzy or Bossa Nova vibe. The mood picks up slightly with “Maria” which has a slight shuffle to it beat … And a quite lovely guitar solo. The mood picks up even more with “All I have” which has a beautiful message all packed into this song. Never give up your dreams (in this case creative ones) no matter how hard it gets. You also must check out the video which I’ll post below! We end “Oceanography” with “The Weather”. A bittersweet piano-driven ballad with the most heartfelt lyrics, that features a coffee analogy in the beginning just like album’s “Intro” does.

Photo Courtesy of Charlie Barnes

Link to buy and stream: Oceanography

Charlie Barnes – All I Have (Official Video) https://youtu.be/C_oSzAHLGwc

Charlie Barnes Socials:

|Official Website|Twitter | Facebook| Instagram|YouTube|

Much love,
Brittney 🙂 xx

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