Photo : Courtney Brock
SM: Hey guys, please can you introduce yourselves and give us a brief background to the band?
FK: We are Future Kings, a 4-piece Indie/Alternative-Rock band from Gloucestershire and we’ve been together since 2015. Being the artist formerly known as Muchos Tequilas Later, we’ve been Future Kings for around 6 months now! It all started back in Aj’s garden shed when he and I (Sean) started jamming in the summer of 2014. We’d known each other for several years, having played in various bands in the local scene since we were 16! We instantly seemed to have a great musical understanding, despite the incredibly broad range of musical tastes! The rest is history!
SM: This year you have had a few changes, including a new member and a rebrand, can you tell us more about this?
FK: It got to a stage where our it became obvious to us that our old name (which is a quote from The Office) seemed to be holding us back and it wasn’t representative of our music – people were expecting us to be a mariachi band haha! We all sat down and made a conscious decision to progress the band, so the name change coincided with the addition of Krish Patel on guitar, and so far both decisions seem to be paying off!
SM: Where did the new name come from?
FK: We took the Bowie approach and just wrote down any word that came to mind. After several hours and hilarious combinations, we opted for Future Kings as we felt the vibe of the name reflected our musical style and mirrored our ambition as a band!
SM: How have your fans reacted to the change?
FK: We’ve had nothing but good feedback! The industry is taking us more seriously with the name change, as they know what to expect more than before. The addition of Krish on guitar has elevated our existing songs to the next level and brought a whole new musical dynamic to our set! The only issue with Krish is that he’s too damn stylish and is making us look like bums!
SM: How do you feel that your sound has progressed through this transition?
FK: I think we’ve matured a lot more as a band. We’re approaching the lyrical aspect with a fresh sense of honesty more so than before; which can be a bit daunting when singing on stage and releasing music, but I think our fans (and music fans in general) empathize with the sincerity of the song, and it makes for a more enjoyable experience for us as well as them!
SM: You released a brand new single, Seventeen, recently – what was the reaction like to that track?
FK: The reaction has been great! We’d been sat on the single for a long time so it feels great to finally have it out in the ether and hearing everyone’s kind feedback about it so far! After our first ever practice with Krish, we decided that we instantly needed to head back to the studio to record his lead part over the existing track, and we can’t imagine the song without it now! You can check out the video on YouTube and the song’s online through all major digital platforms! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2vljsIM-zo)
SM: What have you got in the pipeline regarding new tracks and live dates?
FK: We’re currently writing several new songs at the moment, which we can’t wait to show you guys! The plan is to record an EP in 2018 and get out on the road as much as possible! Our next gig is at TANK in Gloucester; it’s been so long since we’ve played a real hometown show for us, so it’s one that we’re really looking forward to! (Friday 8th December, Tank – Gloucester, Free Entry)
SM: What influences you guys musically and lyrically?
FK: We’ve always approached the band with a sense of freedom from typical genre rules; we try and write songs that we like rather than sticking with a specific genre, which is reflected in our influences! I’d like to think our music has elements of RHCP, Bloc Party and Foals, with some dashes of Arctic Monkeys, Led Zepplin and Thin Lizzy amongst others. We once got described as a cross between The Maccabees and Iron Maiden, so make of that what you will… haha!
SM: What other emerging bands are you guys listening to and would recommend?
FK: There are so many local bands doing some great things at the moment! Elessar are one of the hardest working bands out there, they put so much work into their music and touring tirelessly, it’s probably why their bassist looks homeless. All Ears Avow are another really hard working band and are one of the tightest bands around at the moment! Definitely worth checking those two out!