CONTINUES COLLABORATION WITH PAUL KOLDERIE
PLAYING NASHVILLE’S AMERICANA FEST IN SEPTEMBER
The Boston and Washington, DC-based six-piece Kingsley Flood celebrates the mid-point of an ambitious year with the July 17 release of the four-song EP To The Wolves. Building on the band’s “Billy Bragg-like folk-punk sound” (Washington Post), To The Wolves follows January’s highly acclaimed EP To The Fire, and anticipates the band's full-length release, due this fall.
To The Wolves continues songwriter Naseem Khuri’s obsession with stagnation in our lives, and exploring why things don’t change. While To The Fire chronicles his own experience as a wide-eyed first generation Palestinian American wanting to change the world, To The Wolves suggests greater change is harder when we can’t even change ourselves.
The title track looks at the big dreams and small circumstances of an outsider on the inside. "Blind" finds him back home plotting an escape, but this too is a dream that never manages to leave his bedroom. "All Night Dynamite" asks just how much choice we have in our choices, a theme carried over to "Salt of the Sea," where a child sees in his own path a mirror of his father's.
To The Wolves continues Kingsley Flood's ongoing collaboration with producer Paul Kolderie (Pixies, Radiohead, Morphine) and 1867 Recording Studio, the onetime Masonic temple in Chelsea, MA where To the Fire was created. The results showcase the band's signature and wide-ranging dynamics, from the scorched-earth guitar riff anchoring the title track to the contrasting plaintive violin and hard rock release of the deceptively upbeat “Blind,” the frenetic punk drive of “All Night Dynamite” and the pensive intimacy of “Salt of the Sea.”
To The Wolves follows January’s To The Fire, which earned praise from NPR’s World Café, the Wall Street Journal, Relix, PopMatters, the Boston Globe, and more. After a run of sold-out shows in early 2015, the History Channel featured their track “Waiting On The River to Rise” in an ad for a new series “Mississippi Men,” triggering close to 200,000 plays on Spotify and YouTube.
ABOUT KINGSLEY FLOOD & TOUR DATES
Kingsley Flood is a six-piece band from Boston and Washington, DC. Its songs have been featured in Rolling Stone, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Paste, American Songwriter and Esquire. The band has played the main stage at the Newport Folk Festival, and won three Boston Music Awards, including Album of the Year (Battles). The Boston Herald calls it “the best live band in Boston” and “a Rolling Thunder revue with a punk rock sneer.”
Kingsley Flood will take its “signature high energy” (Rolling Stone) on the road this fall, including as a featured artist at September’s Americana Music Conference in Nashville, which also features Lee Ann Womack, Los Lobos and Patty Griffin. Tour dates available at: http://kingsleyflood.com/
PRESS ON TO THE FIRE EP
"It cannot be overstated how difficult it is to do what Kingsley Flood makes look so effortless: create the kind of music that is both instantly likeable and rewarding of deep scrutiny.” - WBUR
"a big, thick, glossy glob of pop and roll” - Relix
"sharp, shiny, and supremely catchy.” - Boston Globe
" If you’re looking for something to raise your spirits, this might just do the trick.” - JamBase
"Autumnal and evocative, the track is ripe for a powerful live performance.” - PopMatters (song premiere)
"an up-tempo jam with a propulsive beat and a punk-rock attitude, laced with a catchy chorus full of 'ooohs.’” - Wall Street Journal (song premiere)