Hot on the heels of their recent single releases Pay Attention, The Depender and B-Side Baby, Canada’s King Bull have dropped their long-awaited new EP What Happened Here? via Riot Records.
King Bull encompasses 70’s rock and punk with an angsty vibe and some earthy streetwise riffs and powered by a punk-tinged, rock-ignited fuel. Fired up by intricate licks, buzz-cutter guitar tones and uniquely edgy vocals, they cover what is great about rock music.
King Bull’s What Happened Here? is not a concept record, it was not constructed to achieve some sort of grand vision, nor does it strive to unravel the meaning of life. Instead the record does away with all nonsense and pretentiousness, leaving just five stripped down bangers loaded with real life integrity and grit.
The EP is sonically cohesive throughout, featuring snarling guitars, growling bass, thunderous drums and vocals that sound similar to a jet engine that isn’t working properly. Most of the equipment used during the recording process pre-dates the 1980’s and includes a guitar that’s been snapped in half several times and a bass that’s quite literally survived a house fire.
A closer inspection of the songs reveal direct lyrics backed with enough wit to remind you that there’s still some room for poetry within rock and roll. Before the label “punk rock” existed, there were a bunch of bands that operated with less precision and carried more angst than typical rock and roll bands; bands like the Ramones, MC5, early AC/DC, the Clash, the Who etc. What Happened Here? is right at home when stacked beside music like that.
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Hailing from Red Deer, Alberta which is not the most artistic of all Canadian communities, King Bull has been plying the trade for the last 13 years.
A closer look and you might find a striking resemblance between “Red Deer Alberta 2020” and the 1977 film “Slap Shot”, only now the Hanson brothers have given up on hockey and started playing rock and roll.
Thirteen years down the road, some minor tweaks to the name and lineup and King Bull is operating smoother than ever with its oldest member still less than a quarter of a century old. Their 2019 debut release, Mouthbreathers and Sha-na-na, a two-song commentary on modern identity alongside the never ending western Canadian tour in support, recently landed them on Australian based and globally operated record label Riot Records.
This is a band for fans of The Who, Iggy Pop, Against Me, AC/DC, Queens of the Stone Age, David Bowie, The Drones, Neil Young etc… (anything with electric guitar that snarls a bit, really).