Tuesday, January 30

King of Prussia - Save the Scene

Despite their name, King of Prussia are from neither northern Germany nor suburban Philadelphia. They also aren't kin to Wilson of Gamehendge fame. They are, rather, products of the amazing musical hotbed that is Athens. Fans of the Elephant 6 collective may have caught wind of the band recently when some its members played an R.E.M. tribute show alongside some e6 stalwarts.

The band has just released its debut album, Save the Scene, and after listening to it a handful of times I suggest that C&T's readers check it out as well. While it is only 7 tracks long, it is interesting throughout and a nice first taste of the band. One cool aspect of it, to my ears anyway, is that it feels as if it is constructed in three segments -- a trio of pop songs, a transition track incorporating country elements, and a closing movement of more introspective and subdued material. While that may not seem to be recipe for a cohesive release, it really does work. If nothing else, it showcases the variety of directions King of Prussia is capable of going with satisfying results. It's my first exposure to the band, and I'm enthused.

Whimsical romp "Spain the Summertime" sounds at times like it could have been plucked from a classic jangle-pop album by an act like The Turtles or Herman's Hermits. "Misadventures of the Campaign Kids" and "Shades of Hippiedom" are, on the other hand, decidedly in the mold of modern indie pop though clearly influenced by the band's predecessors. "Misadventures..." also name-drops Tony Danza, which has got to be worth something.

Other tracks ("Cheerleaders" and "Terrarium") have an Americana flair, incorporating slide guitar and banjo, while "The Doctor and the Mathematicians" and "Phyzics Never Understood" feature piano and are more sullen in both lyrical content and tone. Here are two tracks from King of Prussia's Save the Scene:

King of Prussia - Misadventures of the Campaign Kids
King of Prussia - Terrarium

The band has just made the album available to order via their MySpace page, where you can pick it up for $8. You can find their tourdates there as well, including a February 21 date at the Caledonia Lounge in Athens. I'm told the band is also shopping for a label to do a wider release of Save the Scene, so if you can hook 'em up please do drop them a line.


Blogger Rachel said...

So I was sitting here catching up, checking out some music and itunes is set to shuffle and this song comes on and I thought to myself, "this is some good shit, who the hell is it?"
King of Prussia, "Cheerleaders"

King of Prussia I am LOVING and I know I said that about the other two as well, but there is a little something extra with these guys. If someone doesn't pick them up I am starting my own label, seriously.

But you beat me to the punch here so now who's the slacker? Yeah it would be me, cheers!

Thanks magical genie.

5:55 AM

Blogger Jeff said...

I too LOVE this band, and thanks for letting us know their CD's finally come out--I need to hop over and order it.

11:55 AM

Anonymous Chris Hassiotis said...

These dudes used to be in a bunch of other bands (Touchdown, The Envelopes), but most pertinent one is Beijing, who featured KoP singer Brandon Hanick on songwriting and vocals and released two EPs here in Athens. I think you may be able to find stuff from 'em online.

3:08 PM

Blogger Rich said...

Thanks Chris -- I'll certainly look around.

6:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Beijing stuff can be found here. They have not checked their myspace account so don't bother friend requesting them. Tracing Letters is a bad ass song, give it a listen!
And some Envelopes here. http://www.myspace.com/theenvelopes

11:00 PM


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