A night at the Crown and Anchor means cold beer and live music, and last night was Palace of the King’s turn, launching their new album, Valles Marineris. The Melbourne fellas were joined by two Adelaide bands, playing to a mixed crowd—all connected by a mutual love of good live music.
Adelaide band, Somnium warmed up the stage with their floating psychedelic/experimental sounds—they were certainly a band you could get lost in. With sweet notes of harmony layered over spaced out vocals and casually intricate riffs, they played with an air of nonchalance that disguised the cleverness of their songs.
Bringing the rock ‘n’ roll was Kitchen Witch, and their gutsy sound highlighted the talented people amongst the audience: those who could groove without spilling their drink. They drew a dedicated crowd who shouted their lyrics back to them, and the amount of hair swishing and head banging from the crowd sent the sweet scent of shampoo wafting through the room. Kitchen Witch was fun, and with powerful vocals and catchy choruses it’s no wonder the crowd loved them.
It was late when Palace Of The King’s music rang out but their energy was high and they soon heated up the Cranker. The six-piece somehow made the stage seem larger as they played furiously; riffs soaring and bass lines thrumming. Their man on the keys, Sean Johnston, was tucked away in a corner but he didn’t rock out any less, hair hung down over his face as he crouched over the keys.
POTK’s single ‘Beyond The Valley’ from their album Valles Marineris featured some jazzy drumming as well as dedicated vocals from Tim Henwood, who belted it out. Every song played was a killer and the riffs were something to remember. With a good mix of old and new songs, they introduced their new record with style.
Palace Of The King is a band you need to see live, the songs have power and the band’s expertise is blatantly clear.
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Photos: Matthias Pfeil