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Now Hear This: King Of The Slums | Encrypted Contemporary Narratives

I'm getting caught up on the good albums that have come out lately. Like this one.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “A certain DJ once said about a certain band that they were ‘always different, always the same’. The same can be said of King of the Slums – but what is the golden thread of DNA that pulses through their musical history? How can one describe them meaningfully? Is it rock music? Amplified violin driven folk? Strange story song daydream tales? Kitchen sink vignettes?

Maybe all of these… but that barely scratches the surface of their magical uniqueness. Lost virginity under disused railway arches…..strangeways headcases…unfit mothers….the dispossessed….the ignored…the unwanted….the pathologically challenged …the defenceless….the indefensible…the lamented lost opportunities of what might have been.

King of the Slums started up in around 1985 in the Hulme area of Manchester, England. They never considered themselves a ‘Manchester’ band, just a band with an arty background, a little self-indulgent with story-type songs. A distorted electric violin was used all the time in early recordings, along with guitar, bass and drums. They continued developing this sound throughout their initial singles and albums.

In 1991, following their third studio album, they fell out with record companies, management and each other and disbanded. Their instruments damaged, their biros broken. They were on the verge of a tour in the U.S.A., and were considered a vital live act.

In 2009 the band embarked on a new album, but everyone fell out again and only developed five or six new songs. The resulting album, The Orphaned Files, sold out many times and is now a collector’s item but the band did not pursue things further.

The band got back together in 2017 and released a full brand-new album Manco Diablo, which received widespread critical acclaim. In short succession their sixth studio Album Artgod Gods followed in 2018. Happily the new album featured the reintroduction of violin and viola. An incendiary and emotionally charged live performance, their first for many years, took place on June 23, 2018 at Manchester’s Night and Day venue, where the band featured songs encompassing their full recorded history.”