Grande Prairie, AB - Lights! Camera! And...a cymbal on fire. Newcastle Kings is the band you might remember for their heavy hitting, explosive live performances, or for their 50s sea foam green guitars, or might be the band you remember because the lead singer performs in bare feet. Whatever the reason is, Newcastle Kings is the Grande Prairie rock act that has been tearing up the Alberta music scene since 2011.
Self-taught recording engineers with creativity to spare, Newcastle Kings has published 2 official works, including a 2013 EP and a 2017 full length record. Their freshman album included 8 carefully selected tracks - all of which use punchy, layered electric guitars, tasteful bass lines, and drum rhythms that set Newcastle Kings apart from generic rock and elevate them into a groove orientated genre along the lines of Biffy Clyro, Chevelle, and Manchester Orchestra. Combined, Newcastle Kings has officially released 5 singles, including a music video for the first single, “I’m in Love With You”.
Newcastle Kings’ core consists of two brothers, Skylar Dayton on vocals, and Colten Robert on the drums, and with the addition of Nyall Savidant on bass in 2015, the band honed their musicality as a hard-hitting trio, playing everything
from large scale events like Mighty Peace Day for crowds of 4000+, to notorious participation in Better Than Fred’s annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party, to summer festivals and Alberta-wide tours alike. With radio play for all 5 singles, features on Eastlink TV, and headlining spots on summer festivals, Newcastle Kings has snowballed into a band that delivers both in their on stage performances, and in their recorded works.
With their upcoming sophomore record “Misery Music” slated for a Spring 2018 release, long-time followers of Newcastle Kings can expect a departure from the alternative rock records the band has released in the past. “Misery Music” is 7 tracks of massive, heavy guitar riffs that are so catchy, you might sing them more than the lyrics. Layered drums and percussion keep all 7 tracks driven, tasteful, and powerful beyond measure, and the bass lines use harmony and just a little bit of effect in a way that takes this record to the next level for both Newcastle Kings and their listeners.
Whether you remember Newcastle Kings for playing a biker rally, or for lighting something on fire, or for just putting on the best rock performance you’ve seen in a while - expect to add “Misery Music” to not only your iTunes, but to your list of reasons to remember Newcastle Kings.