King Charles - Love Lust w/ Mr.Flick

posted 1 Oct 2009, 06:30 by The Editor
[Mi7 Records]

Released: October 26th

To date, this post-Vampire Weekend indie-summer pop tune fad has produced bitter-sweet results. Radioclit & Esau Mwamwaya sampled Vampire Weekend of course on their very good 'very best mixtape', but then, inevitably, as with all good things, there's all the crap that goes with it.

Vampire Weekend are a band that wear their influences on their sleeve. They know the difference between 'rock' and 'pop'. Whereas the same can be said of King Charles for the former, unfortunately it is not the same for the latter. "Love lust", presumably their single, starts much the same way most indie pop tunes do. Like Slow ClubThe KillersVampire Weekend and The ViewKing Charles begin with softly sung lyrics about love and romances, gently ticking along to touches of a keyboard and a tapped snare drum. Then there's the three chord, preppy, scuzzed guitar sound of The Strokes to accompany.

The result, for the tune Love Lust, is yeah, alright, passable as a pop song. Music fans, always looking for the next new pop song however, will not be bowled over by this. Love Lust, unlike unearthed pop gems of the past (Belle & SebastianVampire WeekendThe Strokes etc) will not be a song that plays at least five times a day for a month on your CD player.


Anyways, that covers the pop side of King CharlesMr Flick is their other song. Their rock song. And it too starts promisingly, suggesting they've listened to the right bands. Again, the snare tapping starts us off, and then begins a distorted guitar riff, followed by the band woo-wooing into the song. It is instantly impressive, if not slightly confusing when juxtaposed to their previous concise, innocent pop song. The singers voice however, is a sticking point, as the song continues the guitar, the drums all hold a rhythm to sustain tedious lyrics and an Ozzy Osbourne-esque voice. The result is sadly disappointing.

Whereas one cannot accuse King Charles of being predictable, they are not infectious. Mr Flick is not a melodic or fun song, rhythm is sacrificed for epic rock chant moments, which are unjustified.

The result is a confusing soup of music with too many ingredients thrown in. King Charles seem to be out to please everyone, and to play how all their favourite bands did.  What has to be remembered is that great pop and rock bands, despite sometimes writing straight-forward and beautifully uncomplicated songs, had their own agenda, and made their own place in a genre. King Charles have certainly not got their own place anywhere just yet; but being good at emulating others is a start.



Pat Lee