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THE K'S - I WONDER IF THE WORLD KNOWS

WE REVIEW THE NEW ALBUM FROM THE K’S

If you placed the world’s two greatest musical cities about thirty miles apart and stuck a handful of towns between the two of them, you’d rightly expect the area to be a furtive nursery ground for exceptional bands right? Well, Liverpool and Manchester proved the opposite to be the case. 

Warrington may have come heartbreakingly close but whilst both Liverpool and Manchester’s omnipresent music scenes have been producing iconic, influential guitar bands for decades, it seemed the towns between had been rendered some musical hinterland. Thankfully, that is no longer the case and just like the number 22A bus to Earlestown, loads of great bands have all turned up at once.

These bands might not be doing anything new. They may be following a tried and trusted formula and whilst they may not be breaking new ground (I’d argue they’re not supposed to) what does set the current crop apart is just how good they do it. Currently none more so than the ‘The K’s’ who, with debut album ‘I Wonder if the World Knows?’ have just delivered a masterclass. 

There can’t be many debuts in recent times that have been as hotly anticipated or eagerly awaited by fans as this record. For a band that seems to have been around for so long, it is surprising it’s taken the time it has to get to this point. But factor in line-up changes and closing down the planet for a couple of years we can forgive them the wait. Besides, there’s no doubt that time has gone some way to making the record as good as it is. 

The familiar, albeit re-recorded anthems, are mostly present. ’Chancer’ ‘Hometown’ ‘Landmines’ ‘Hoping Maybe’ and ‘Valley One’ all sound better than ever and sit perfectly with recent singles ‘Heart On My Sleeve’ ‘No Place Like Home’ and ‘Black and Blue’. 

The pick of the new tracks is ‘Lights Go Down’. It’s a beauty of a piano-led track, there’s a very reminiscent feel to the track, reminiscent of so many great artists, it’s an instant classic.

‘Icarus’ ‘Throw It All Away’ and ‘Circles’ are unmistakably ‘The K’s’. There are no album fillers here, it’s anthem after anthem, banger after banger. Nathan Peers and Dexter Baker, the band’s powerhouse drive the tracks along at a blistering pace. Ryan Breslin in full-on guitar hero mode is THE guitar hero for the next generation and Jamie Boyle with that majestic voice shows he’s not just the writer of a generation.

And what a writer Jamie is. The angst of gritty twenty-something life in a northern hum drum town, the yearning for an escape then the longing to return when the escape is no better, all delivered with such eloquent poetic perfection, a rare commodity these days. 

‘I Wonder if the World Knows?’ is a big, bold, beautiful, record. It’s unashamed and ambitious, it’s the future sound of American football stadiums. Add to that ‘The K’s’ expansive influence on younger generations and then this record, and indeed ‘The K’s’ themselves become altogether much more important. 

The K’s are about to embark on an expansive UK-wide tour and recently announced a string of summer festival dates, details can be found on their socials…

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