"WE WERE GOBSMACKED" – AMERICAN SONGWRITER
"SPECIAL PROPS" - BILLBOARD
Kingsley Flood kicked off the Newport Folk Festival on the Fort Stage (the fest's largest) in a set captured by NPR Music.
Paste Magazine's Dacey Orr had named them one of ten bands to catch at Newport, saying, "This hardworking band is rapidly making an impression nationally. Their recent album 'Battles' holds several tracks that translate into rowdy on-stage anthems."
Rolling Stone's James Joiner said, "Kingsley Flood kicked off the main stage, shirking the rain with puddle-splashing, foot-stomping folk rock and their signature high energy."
Billboard's Devon Maloney wrote, "Special props ought to be given to a pre-rain, fest-opening set by energetic Boston mainstays Kingsley Flood."
American Songwriter's Sean Maloney testified, "We had never heard these guys before but we were gobsmacked – GOBSMACKED – by the Boston band’s soulful, folk rockin’ shimmy on the Fort Stage. We heard echoes of X’s sun-scorched punk, moments of Muscle Shoals groove and some gnarly fuzz bass, which was the last thing we thought we would hear at a folk festival. It was great way to kick off our fest and their new album Battles made a great soundtrack for the ride home."
Stream 'Battles' here.
Pigeons & Planes blog called the set "a great live show," continuing that they "did not disappoint… At turns riotous folk rock, at others pastoral stillness, the overarching theme is their infinitely palpable passion."
Their hometown press echoed these sentiments. The Boston Globe offered, "Kingsley Flood played a triumphant set on the Fort Stage Friday afternoon, alternating between heart-on-sleeve ballads and all-out rockers."
DigBoston said, "For KF I saw more enthusiasm than I saw at a bunch of the much bigger acts… when they left the stage I immediately missed them."
The Boston Herald said that Kingsley Flood "absolutely killed it, thrilling a huge crowd."
NPR Music premiered the "Sigh a While" video on July 17.
Kingsley Flood Tour Dates
August 17, 2013 - Lowell Summer Music Series - Lowell, MA (w/ Josh Ritter)
September 13, 2013 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA (w/ Toy Soldiers)
September 20, 2013 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
October 12, 2013 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA