Tuesday, February 5, 2013





"Battles underlines the difference between a local band ascending to a national stage 
and one that's finally ready for and deserving of it." - Boston Globe 

Early Reviews For Battles 
"Best new music of the new year" - Metro New York 
"...artists releasing albums this year: the guantlet has been thrown." - Twangville 
"...could thrill Folsom prison in '68. Or CBGB in '76. Or the Cavern Club in '57." - 
"...2013 ought to be the Year of The Flood" - 
"...best albums of 2013? (Battles) will be at the top of our list." - HearYa 

Feb. 5, 2013 - Boston and DC based six-piece Kingsley Flood announce the release of their sophomore album, Battles. Released today, the album features the band's most honed, complex, and meaningful work to date. Produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim) at Great North Sound Society, an 18th century farmhouse in southern Maine, Battles amplifies the band's pension for dynamics: rock songs that can fill music halls, quiet songs that sound two feet away. 

Featuring notes of anger and resignation, alienation and optimism, Battles asks "why do those who play by the rules always seem to fall behind?" and speaks to "a modern American dream that's constantly in danger of being pulled under by forces beyond our control, from inside and out" (Blogness on the Edge of Town) with songs inspired by everyone from delusional dictators to spray-tanned politicains to a laid off worker still packing his lunch every. Despite its subject matter, what makes the album essential listening is the music. Fan funded through a PledgeMusic campaign that raised $20,000, Battles is an album that demands to be heard start to finish, from its foreboding first track "Don't Change My Mind" to the intimate closer "This Will Not Be Easy." The songs thrive on dynamics, blending Dylan-esque songwriting, Kinks-inspired melodies, and the urgency of the Clash. 

About Kingsley Flood 
In 2010, Kingsley Flood released their first full-length, Dust Windows, generating both critical acclaim and a passionate fan base. In 2011, the band issued a six-song EP, Colder Still, with tracks that were touted by NPREsquire, and Paste, among others. The band is a two-time winner at both the Boston Music Awards and the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll, and has opened shows for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Langhorne Slim, Angus and Julia Stone, Brett Dennen, and others. Kingsley Flood is Naseem Khuri (lead vocals, guitar), Jenee Morgan (violin, tenor sax), George Hall (lead guitar), Chris Barrett (keys, brass, percussion), Nick Balkin (bass), and Travis Richter (drums). 

Upcoming Shows 
2/9 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
3/8 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar 
3/9 - Buffalo, NY - Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar 
4/4 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club * 
4/12 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theater * 
4/14 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine * 
5/8 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater * 
5/9 - Wilmington, DE - World Cafe w/ WXPN * 

* Supporting David Wax Museum

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