Review – Tripping the Light EP, Kingson – Bands on Demand


KINGSON are a 4-piece original funk/pop contemporary band from Cardiff, consisting of Leighton John on vocals, Ryan Rowe on bass/backing, Curtis Thorpe on guitar/backing, and Jordan Chandler on the drums.
Kingson have been making waves in the Cardiff music scene since forming in late 2016, and were nominated for ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ and ‘Best Single’ in the Cardiff Music Awards. Their single ‘Give Me Your Love’ was picked up through BBC Introducing by Adam Walton and featured on BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cardiff. Radio appearances were followed by a TV interview on Made In Cardiff TV and winning Best Original Band at Newport’s ‘LoveLiveMusicAwards’. In 2018 the band performed at Birmingham O2 Academy.
Their new EP, Tripping the Light was released on 04 January 2019. This was recently named EP of the week on Stuart Clack-Lewis’ Premium Blend Radio Show and that brought these guys to our attention. (See how The Premium Blend Radio Show Changed My Life here!)
Kingson are a classic 4-piece band and are very well balanced because of it. This EP is a well made and accomplished piece of music that deserves to be heard many times over.
First up on the EP
Dressed to the 9s
This brings me back to the pre Mod/post punk days of bands like The Undertones and Generation X. A great guitar intro, brilliant lyrics and a great hard stop finish.
If I die tomorrow
This is a very different track with a more Royal Blood style to it. It is no doubt a great live track and I can picture a rabid crowd with a single fist raised in the air chanting the chorus back to the band. Hell, I reckon Leighton could hold out the mic and let them sing the chorus for him. I want to see this performed live to see if I’m right. Maybe I’ll be the one doing it on my own!
This track stays in the Royal Blood mould and isn’t lacking for it. It is another track that sounds like it will be great live. The addition of the horns sets it apart along with the wider vocal range on show on the track. Tighter trousers on this one. If any of you have listened to the proper Blues Brothers albums that John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd did, there is an interesting similarity. That will get you pulling out your Spotify account to find that The Blues Brothers was a band, before it was a film. A good one too.
Was There Love
This one gets a bit more poppy. A cross between Olly Murs and Level 42. Both very successful artists. For the youngsters reading this, check out Level 42 to see what I mean. Thank me later.
Overall, this is a great EP which allows you to peep behind the curtain to discern how these guys would sound live, it also showcases a very good range, making it difficult to pigeonhole these guys – a good thing indeed. I will be looking out for them for a future live gig review.

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