To Kill A King come to Manchester Academy 3 on Saturday following the release of their new studio album The Spiritual Dark Age tomorrow.
Produced by Gethin Pearson and the band’s keyboard player Ben Jackson, ‘The Spiritual Dark Age’ is the London five-piece’s third album and the follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed ‘To Kill A King’ LP.
Speaking about the album, frontman Ralph Pelleymounter comments, “The Spiritual Dark Age is the last three years of my life painstakingly distilled into 40 minutes of music,” says frontman Ralph Pelleymounter of the album. “It has ballads for my single friends watching everyone else gradually pair off, and deities and fables getting drunk in bars. It has moments of anger and disgust at characters like Peter Popoff and their parasitic feeding of the most vulnerable people, and it has folk songs about two gods who’d rather burn down the world than admit they still love each other. But hopefully, in amongst the chaos and darker tales, it has an underlying message that compassion being such a beautiful and complex thing may just save the day.”
To Kill A King contains the single The Good Old Days, title track The Spiritual Dark Age and recent release The Unspeakable Crimes of Peter Popoff.
The Manchester gig comes after a hugely successful 2017 for the band which included three consecutive London headline dates at The Borderline, Oslo and Omeara. And getting back to the live stage is something the band is clearly relishing, with guitarist Grant McNeill commenting, “After roughly 2 years in a room with a single window and a bare lightbulb making this record, we can’t wait to get out on the road, if for nothing else but to get some sunlight. That’s why we chose to tour in January.”
Where and when do To Kill A King perform in Manchester?
To Kill A King headline at Manchester Academy 3 on Saturday 13 January 2018. The Manchester gig is the third night in a 12-date UK tour.
image of To Kill A King courtesy Wolf James