Welsh Music Wednesday #6: Peasant’s King

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Band name: Peasant’s King

From: Pontypridd

Recently the BBC Horizons scheme announced their newest twelve bands and artists to join their roster. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, the Horizons scheme aims to promote Welsh bands/artists across both Wales and to wider audiences using radio, live shows and other musical events. The scheme has proven successful in the past; The People The Poet, Houdini Dax and Gabrielle Murphy are just a few of the names previously supported by Horizons who are now moving on up in the world of music.

2015 brings us a fresh group of Horizons hopefuls – it’s a versatile and promising list, but the band who immediately grabbed me were Peasant’s King.

Ok, I had heard the name before, and seen them play Clwb Ifor Bach back in 2013 and enjoyed them, but they had (ashamedly) since slipped out of my mind and my playlist, until now.

Peasant’s King are an anthemic indie pop rock quintet who have been compared to Kings Of Leon, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay and “The Killers if Brandon Flowers had been brought up in Ponty” – Horizons

They have two EPs out – their debut, ‘Kingdom‘ with its rousing choruses on top of melodic guitars and resonant drums, gives us an insight to the direction Peasant’s King wanted to take and the sound they wanted to achieve. ‘Kingdom‘ has some really strong songs that will no doubt remain popular even years of releases down the line, but their second EP ‘Four Walls Are Home‘ shows Peasant’s King succeeding in finding their sound.

‘Four Walls Are Home‘ opens with upbeat riffs and soft harmonies but moves quickly into a heavier, grittier sound, and of course, like with ‘Kingdom‘ they don’t hold back on their speciality; powerful, catchy choruses. Towards the end of the EP, the sound mellows again but each song still builds up to a dramatic climax and the balance between atmospheric instrumentals and raw vocals sets the more serious tone of this brilliant record.

Already with an impressive history of live shows across Wales, notable support slots including fellow up and coming Welsh band Catfish And The Bottlemen and even playing Reading & Leeds festival, it’s no surprise that Peasant’s King are currently on tour with rising indie pop band Young Kato and they seem to be going down pretty well with their crowds.

Peasant’s King are swiftly building up a strong fanbase just in time for them to finalise and release their debut album, which I can safely say, will easily make it onto my playlist. Expect big things from Peasant’s King as part of the Horizons 12, you can keep an eye out on their progress and album news on their Twitter and if you’d like to check out the rest of this year’s Horizons 12, you can do so here.

Photo credit to Aaron Cooper.




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