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10 Amazing Train Tours in the U.S.
Looking to see some incredible sights from the comfort of a train? These tours include both short and long journeys that you can work into vacations to incredible destinations in the USA. Some of these routes may even be available as a part of railroad vacation packages that include excursions and more.
Durango and Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railway
The name of this railroad indicates a special feature that sets it apart from most other train rides: The tracks are placed closer together in a narrow gauge. That means this silver-train-turned-tourist-attraction hugs closer to the rock face of the mountains it winds through, taking riders around sharp turns through the Colorado Rockies.
Connecting major Northwestern cities like Eugene and Portland, Oregon, and Seattle and Bellingham, Washington, this Amtrak ride allows you to combine scenic beauty with big-city tourism. Whether it’s Oregon forests or the spectacular of Washington’s Puget Sound, you’ll get to see a lot of natural exquisiteness on this ride.
White Pass and Yukon Route
This historic Alaskan railway offers a few different excursion options, all of which take you from the town of Skagway into the heart of wild northern beauty. No matter which route you choose, you’ll see unspoiled Alaskan beauty at its warm-weather peak.
Amtrak Sunset Limited
If you want to be able to enjoy the great beauty of the American Southwest without having to do the driving yourself, Amtrak’s Sunset Limited route may be the perfect choice. It runs from New Orleans to Los Angeles, giving riders the opportunity to glimpse some incredible sunsets over rugged terrain as the train wends its way west.
Grand Canyon Railway
Riding the Grand Canyon Railway will allow you to follow in the footsteps of travelers from more than 100 years ago, for whom this train line was one of the only ways to access the scenic beauty of the canyon. The train includes sleeper cars and other amenities that can help make your adventure more of an experience.
Cass Scenic Railway
Departing from Cass, West Virginia, in the months of May through October, this passenger rail train takes riders through an old coal country route. If you want to experience the unspoiled beauty of Appalachian forests, especially in autumn when the colors are at their peak, this is a must-do train tour.
Anyone looking to escape the urban rush of New York City and enjoy the beauty of upstate mountains should consider taking the Adirondack route, which stops in Saratoga Springs and Montreal, Canada. You don’t have to go all the way to Montreal to enjoy the beauty of the Hudson River Valley, which offers beautiful natural scenery that changes with the seasons.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
This Bryson City, NC, railway offers passengers several ways to explore the Smokies. In addition to two separate routes, the railway includes features like narration cars and different train ride themes that can help you get the right kind of experience based on your interests and travel style.
Strasburg Rail Road
Though this railway’s route through Amish country is short, it’s a charming throwback to the Gilded Age. If you want to ride in plush comfort while enjoying the Pennsylvania countryside on a nine-mile steam train ride, the Strasburg Rail Road has everything you need.
Cape Cod Central Railroad
Cape Cod offers natural beauty aplenty, and you’ll get to enjoy both the coast and the wonders of rural Massachusetts, including cranberry bogs, when you take this short journey. This route offers a laid-back way to see different sights across Cape Cod, even in peak tourist season.
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Live Review: King Krule @ Malkin Bowl, Vancouver – September 19th 2023
King Krule lent his inimitable musical intelligence to score a melancholy mood this week on a drizzling evening at the Malkin Bowl. A crowd of passionate fans of the niche artist were undeterred by the first properly rainy day in almost five months, clad in their Vancouver waterproof best to wallow in the emotive offerings of the band. King Krule, the alias under which singer-songwriter Archy Marshall has been performing for the last decade, since his teens, is currently touring in support of his latest output Space Heavy.
Amidst the sundown dark of the forest, Archy and his band took the stage in total darkness, obscured by fog and coloured backlighting. His unmistakable gruff baritone snaked out over the crowd in a slow burn to start before bringing it up to a fit “Perfecto miserable”. Emotion dripped from his ragged vocals over the haunting and wavy sounds emitting from the band, Marshall painted a lonely tableau, lamenting, “Guess I have to go”, the empty ringing of a phone leaving the song to hang. Continuing in sequence from his third album Man Alive! –an effort which almost seemed to anticipate the isolation and dread of the covid lockdown to come–King Krule introduced hope into his street corner poet repertoire. A big clue into the man’s popularity in alternative circles is his perfect embodiment of the disillusioned youth, forced into the framework of a society that feels alien to him as a native Londoner.
Marshall lazily drawled a “thanks for coming out tonight” before trudging onward with a gritty authenticity, the band taking long gaps to regroup in between songs in the quiet of the woods. Sound would then explode forth in whistling and wowing synth tones and heavy-picked bass lines. The aforementioned disillusionment would account for the plodding grunge sensibility, bursts of screaming, and general punk rock attitude present in King Krule’s music. But how to reconcile the heavy dollops of jazz progressions and surf rock in equal measure? The combination, with a generous peppering of disparate other musical influences, is nothing if not original. Marshall pulls it off effortlessly, channelling a Mac Demarco’s jizz-jazz one moment and Black Flag’s raging anthems the next.
While saxophone is certainly present in many of King Krule’s jazz-influenced compositions, this element really soared in the live performance, coming in hot on the snappy rhythms of “A Lizard State” and persisting throughout the rest of the set. The skillful baritone saxophone wailed and growled in an enriching addition to the live accoutrements, heightening the angst in an incredible way through staccato beats trilling. Switching regularly to alto sax, the instrumentalist wavering slightly in and out of tune in the upper registers to an imperfect and mourning effect. The entire band was extremely tight and talented, expertly reigning in Archy’s chaotic outbursts, summoning doom and flowery blooms alike in their musical melding.
The set bounced around travelling from light to heavy and back again, from the sizzling drum beat of the hectic “Hamburgerphobia” to the slow plodding headbanger “Slush Puppy”. Each track contained certain bare-bones premises that would grow in complexity every time as countering musical rhythms or sounds entered the mix. Thrilling rock music would magically sprout from the beans of a spoken word poem at an open mic. Marshall harkened back to his bedroom roots with scrubbing guitar, playing familiar favourites from his early days like “Stoned Again”, which had many pulling out their phones and singing along as the singer strained his voice to the limit.
As the rain lingered on, the ketamin-laced set wound down to a string of ballads in which Marshall grappled with lyrics inspired by his darkest inner workings. It was a little hard to stick with it as such dragging energy permeated across the stage, but the true fans in attendance were enraptured and connected to every note. A little dejected that King Krule denied playing their catchy new single “Seaforth”, I wandered out of the venue into the night feeling pensive and mellow.
Alone, Omen 3
A Lizard State
Tortoise of Independency
Empty Stomach Space Cadet
Airport Antenatal Airplane
From the Swamp
If Only it was Warmth
It’s All Soup Now
Out Getting Ribs
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The best resource for bristol gigs, review – king krule.
June 18, 2023 Rosie Risdale Uncategorized 0
The Marble Factory, 12th June
With the sun beating down on a summer ready bristol, the most common question I heard asked was “ are you seeing king krule?”
in all the gigs I have shot over the last few years, little have had such reverent anticipation, with Archy Marshalls fourth studio album “space heavy” being the cause of incredible excitement after almost two years of radio silence since his last record. Bristol was more than ready and Marshall certainly put on a show to behold. Not only did he and his talented band play in stiflingly boiling conditions, but also played an unbelievable 17 song set, which catered to old and new listeners alike.
Beginning with the heart breaking “perfecto miserable” the set started with a somber tone, the haunting track settling in the crowd for the night, lyrics delving into infatuation rang through the Marble factories walls, and i found myself swaying along with the rest of the crowd despite shooting at the same time. I was ensnared and thrilled to be in the same room as so many hardcore fans, who sang along from beginning to end, every word being belted loudly enough that I’m sure it could’ve been heard from the city centre.
Marshall’s lyricism is breathtaking , the poetic beauty of his tracks breaks and remakes you in pendulum; having not seen him live before, I was taken aback as to how identical his live vocals are to his recordings, his production value mirrored seamlessly into his live performance.
Marshall was joined on stage by bassist James Wilson, George bass on drums, Jack Rowell on guitar, Jamie issac on electronics and Ignacio Salvadores on saxophone; Salvadores in particular received multiple rounds of applause throughout for the show for good reason, the saxophonists stage presence and technical prowess brought the roof down and is obviously a fan favourite.
The pace of the show ebbed and flowed perfectly, running through new tunes off the new album such as “seaforth” the lead single off of the new album. The song is an intimate ballad into finding inner peace in times of chaos, and already an instant hit with fans and critics alike, with it’s bluesy chord progressions creating a sanctum like state for the sweating crowd. “ from the swamp” also really jumped out at me, it’s tempo far faster paced than many of his songs, so much so that a multitude of mosh pits opened, the fan’s appreciation for the music being showcased by the chaos that I saw from on top of the balcony. Marshall kept up the energy from start to finish, the profoundness of his love for his fan base was made clear by his commentary on how hot it was and to make sure that fans kept hydrated and respected each others space.
The marble factory was in luck on Monday night, Marshall treated his fans to some of his most iconic pieces such as “dum surfer” which was definitely one of the highlights of the night, it’s build accumulating into an uproar of sound from the gig goers and band alike, who screamed the lyrics at the top of their lungs. I was lucky enough to have seen not one, but two of my favourite songs of his live “ Easy easy” a simplistic but punchy track that digs into the pain of every day living, and a reminder to keep your chin up.
The encore was a genuine pinch me moment for myself and I’m sure the rest of the room too. Having listened to “out getting ribs” almost every night for the past year, hearing it live blew me away, the crowd and Marshall sang in perfect harmony, the song began with a single blue and white spotlight shining down onto the london native, ( apt considering the emotional connection the fans have with the song.) The slow build at the beginning of the track induced shouts of “c’mon archy!!!’ Which whilst standing above the crowd created this perfect sense of togetherness . Many a tear was shed and was a beautiful end to the night, the importance of King krule to so many was made increasingly obvious throughout the evening, many a musician will call their fanbase a family, but it is so rare that I have felt that feeling of familiarity and mutual respect between artist and their avid fanbase in the flesh.
Marshall has never forgotten where he’s come from; his show felt incredibly intimate and he performs just like he did when he first started his rightfully iconic alias of King krule 11 years ago, and I have no doubt he will reach further heights as he continues to create incredible projects.
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King Krule @ Barrowlands, Glasgow, 6 Oct
Archy marshall brings a souped-up version of king krule to the barrowlands, with big energy, a pumped-up crowd, and on-stage camaraderie for days.
When Archy Marshall first broke through as Zoo Kid, he arrived with a fully-formed sound. His languid, angsty and otherworldly solo guitar songs made him a cult star. Critics watching this young kid with a deep voice perform so assuredly were quick to call him wise beyond his years. But the past decade has shown how much growth he had left in him.
With each new release, King Krule has deepened his art with weird and explorative touches. He has played with jazz, dub and hip-hop while filling out a sketchbook of scrappy songs. Still, you’d be forgiven for expecting a dour, vibey soup of a live show if you’re only a cursory fan. Friday’s set at Barrowlands is his first headline show in Scotland in five years. Tonight, he’s the confident and energetic frontman of a killer band. Early highlights Alone, Omen 3 and Dum Surfer are alive with energy and interplay. The camaraderie and closeness of the band lifts typically stoned and standoffish jams into the stratosphere.
Drummer George Bass deserves a particular mention for his frenetic performance, which keeps the grooves punchy and off-kilter. Space Heavy cut Hamburgerphobia gives him space to shine, as Marshall holds court through a smog of effects and plate echo. Meanwhile, saxophonist and longtime collaborator Ignacio Salvadores delivers snarling solos throughout, and acts as a hypeman when his instrument isn’t needed, yelping into the mic while stumbling around the stage like an unhinged, artsy Bez. It works.
The setlist is long and winding, taking us through snapshots of every King Krule record. Marshall’s enduring appeal is clear in the excitement shown to all eras by this young audience. The crowd react to all offerings, even the loosest tracks like The Ooz ’s (A Slide In) New Drugs, which sounds downright sinister when blown up to Barras size. He even finds time for a cheery cover of Dean Martin’s My Rifle, My Pony and Me. The slacker cowboy anthem suits his streetwise vagabond persona.
"This is the best venue on the planet", Marshall drawls towards the back end of his set, before correcting himself – "In the universsse". The ‘sss’ trails off in a sea of reverb. Hearing Baby Blue, Easy Easy and Rock Bottom in a space like this, you’re inclined to agree. Fans shout out requests throughout the gig. There isn’t time for everything. Heavy hitters like Seaforth and Biscuit Town don’t make the cut. Overall, it’s a balanced offering. There’s space for fan favourites, oddball asides and nocturnal deep cuts. And despite working through over twenty songs, there’s time for an encore – Out Getting Ribs, the song that first got him attention. It still mesmerises, over a hundred performances later.
Live Review: King Krule at the Hammersmith Apollo (10th October 23)
King Krule is back on tour with his new album, Space Heavy, his fifth album to date. Archy Marshall rose to fame after being discovered under the name Zoo Kid as a teenager releasing music from his bedroom; the song in question, Out Getting Ribs, is still his biggest hit to date.
His debut album, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, was released on his 19th birthday, and he generated a cult-like following amongst teenagers in the second decade of the century. His success came in part because he was a new, upcoming artist from London, that young people could discover for themselves, rather than be told about by their parents or elder siblings. Whatever you think of him, releasing a debut album at 19 is cool. He’s cool, that’s cool, fine.
With clear influences from Elvis (his style and body language look like an early Elvis impersonator, and his name is taken from the Elvis film King Creole) he also takes inspiration from Billy Bragg, Aztec Camera and Chet Baker. His music sounds as if Royal Blood, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and someone like Tyler the Creator were all stuck in a blender together. Maybe a bit of Morrissey or the Libertines too. His Bluewave style helped influence UK music in the 2010s. We can see his footprint on artists like Cosmo Pyke; the two even attended the Brit school at similar times.
Despite him falling into obscurity somewhat, he is back and touring. I was told that two of his biggest hits, Easy Easy and Out Getting Ribs, are both generating quite a stir on TikTok currently, and as we all know, being big in Japan is the second most important place to be big these days.
His cult following is still around. I met a guy in the queue who had experienced an epiphany-esq dream that he went to this concert over four years ago, and has been patiently chomping at the bit throughout Covid to make his dream realised ever since. Other people seemed similarly enthused. The crowd were young, save myself and a woman in front of me who knitted the entire way through the concert contentedly. What an inspiration.
My experience of the concert was mixed. He kicked off the gig with Perfecto Miserable, a track from Man Alive! The sound system wasn’t amazing, a little loud and grainy. KK’s voice is low, gravelly and very mumbly, so added with the sound system it made it difficult to hear him.
Krule’s stage presence was nonexistent. He rarely interacted with the audience, and when he did he did it so badly I wished he hadn’t. His affected, Fagin-from-Oliver-voice would mumble out at the crowd unintelligibly. At one point he asked us all to meow like a cat. No thanks, pal. Long, long pauses between songs didn’t help the awkwardness of the performance.
Easy Easy, one of the two big TikTok songs, came on at about the halfway point. King Krule seemed to be somewhat resigned about the fact he had to play it, but play it he did, and it was probably the high point of the concert. The bass riff started and I was 16 again.
The standing group did their best to mosh. I love nothing more than a dirty mosh pit, but King Krule is pretty slow and melodic, more of a going to bed early vibe than sweaty shoving in a crowd. That didn’t deter the gang of teenagers however, ridding themselves of the Monday blues before school tomorrow.
There were regular and regimented breaks in the moshing to film and stick the clip on their stories. Similar breaks to check how many people had seen the stories. Kids mashing buttons on their phones like James Bond defusing a bomb with a second on the clock. Lord help us if the world doesn’t wake up to a grainy, staticky video of a pitch black gig tomorrow morning.
For everyone sitting, it was a very different atmosphere. We were all in those old theatre seats that you can really lean into. No standing up, jumping, dancing, or moving at all. Glyndebourne has more Rock n’ Roll in its audience. I have never seen so many people to-ing and fro-ing to the toilet during a gig. It was slow and got slower as it went on. Like a home game at Old Trafford, most people left before the end.
The excellent Tara-Lily came on for a couple of tracks (Empty Stomach Space Cadet and That Is My Life, That Is Yours), but unfortunately she didn’t do a huge amount, aside from an occasional accompanying moan over the ever present moody teenager dulcet tones of Archy Marshall.
Marshall came out for an encore with Out Getting Ribs before taking off his guitar and dropping it sullenly on the ground, an anticlimactic end to the gig that had trotted downhill since Easy Easy. Either pull a Jimi and smash up the guitar or put it down gently like a good boy. Passive aggressive emo semi-guitar drops aren’t a great show-stopper.
King Krule was cool in 2013, and I’m not trying to take that away from him. He is apparently cool now, regardless of all the people leaving early or going to the bathroom; talking to people after the concert they all were frantically checking their stories and discussing what a fantastic show it was, so I am happy to concede this is just down to personal preference. I would say if you liked him then or like him now, go ahead, but for me he is not worth going to see if you aren’t already a big fan. His songs are slow and grainy, and his stage presence does not give you enough to spend fifty quid or whatever it was on a ticket. But then I was never one for 2010s nostalgia, and I’m not on TikTok.
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King Krule at Hammersmith Apollo review | Existentialist staying power
11 October 2023
King Krule showed just why he’s endured and accrued a devoted following, with a frenzied, jazz-like arrangement at Hammersmith Apollo. Read our review.
Listening back to King Krule’s eponymous 2011 EP seems almost incomprehensible now. At just 17 years old, the precocious, baby-faced singer-songwriter was about as existential as you could be for such an age; wallowing in ‘The Noose of Jah City’ ( “It eats away at the brain / As you strain to try and maintain” ) and sounding weighed-down even when trying to be upbeat on ‘Bleak Bake’.
Yet whether you devoured his melancholic musings or shunned them, wanting to avoid the despair, he struck a chord and seemed to earn a cult following seemingly from the get-go.
At Hammersmith’s storied Apollo venue last night, you could see the boy who’d now become the man, being championed by those who chose to grow up on a partial diet of his bleak tunes. A little older, and a little wiser, he’s grown into himself, weathered by experience in being a father with five albums to his name.
The most recent of those albums, Space Heavy , was an exceptional one at that . What’s more, it proved testament to the artistic authenticity of Archy Marshall. Where some have tried, and often failed, to experiment with different directions, a consistent thread runs throughout King Krule’s entire output, yet somehow avoiding the pitfalls of being samey.
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Whilst the background scenery on the night was draped in the red hue of the Space Heavy album cover aesthetic, it would be 2020 album Man Alive!’s ‘Perfecto Miserable’ that kicked-off proceedings, the track’s voicemail intro segueing the audience from whatever murmurings they were having into the theatrics of the show. The subsequent ‘Alone, Omen 3’ (which follows accordingly on the album), signalled a feverish, prowling energy to King Krule’s accompanying band; in particular, saxophonist Ignacio Salvadores , who stalked the stage and sometimes danced maniacally.
The setlist arrangement felt, perhaps unsurprisingly, like a way of ingratiating the new album among old favourites for the King Krule diehards, as we were given our first taste of Space Heavy via the jagged climes of ‘Pink Shell’ (here, Salvadores’ sax put to good use), back to the early days 6 Feet Beneath The Moon number ‘A Lizard State’.
Yet unlike some gigs, there wasn’t the usual stop-start call-and-response. Instead of the standard show procedure of opening chords being met by jubilant yells once the crowd figures out the track, much of this evening’s show – as on King Krule’s record – melded into itself, the tight-knit band transitioned seamlessly into each song. An eight track segment of exclusively Space Heavy tracks, played at a random order from how they appear on the album, demonstrated a band in total command of their source material.
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I say there wasn’t the usual pangs of jubilation at the start of each track. But that’s nigh impossible to contain for a throwback like ‘Easy Easy’. Released a decade ago, the track has soundtracked many a frustrated solitary bout; be it a lonesome comedown, or 4am trip home on a bleary bus route. It’s the kind of track that feels like it directly speaks to you, and only you, with its groans of “your dead-end job / Has been eating away your life” , for instance; by consequence, having everyone in the room rally around the track made you feel connected in your mutual sense of isolation – a strange, but powerful concoction.
And whilst we were all soaking in the sense of ourselves having grown up, it would be Archy’s mum who was celebrating her actual birthday on the night. The crowd’s rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, led of course by her son onstage, induced a familial feel.
Of course, you can’t have it all, and any King Krule fan worth their salt knows life ain’t always what it’s cracked up to be. And although we were treated to fellow 6 Feet Beneath the Moon favourite ‘Baby Blue’, it would have capped off a considerable show had King Krule played even a slither from his debut EP – you know, for old time’s sake. But after a relatively lengthy will-he-won’t-he interval buffer, only for King Krule to return to the stage for ‘Out Getting Ribs’, we’d had more than our fill.
Indeed, for anyone who grew up devouring King Krule’s angst-ridden output, this show was a reminder that no matter how far you’ve come, somethings will endure – matters that a 17-year-old Archy Marshall was privy to, and which the artist still expounds to this day.
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In the queue with King Krule’s hardcore fans
We spoke to Archy Marshall’s dedicated followers before he hit the stage in London.
Words: Georgia Mann Photography: Jeet Sircar 11th October 2023
A flood of baggy fits and rollie smoke fills the streets of Hammersmith. It can only mean one thing: King Krule is back in town.
On Monday 9 th October, the 29-year-old cult songwriter (and unlikely style icon ) born Archy Marshall played the first of two gigs at London’s Eventim Apollo, following three months of touring his new album Space Heavy across the US and Canada. Opening with Perfecto Miserable and encoring with fan favourite Out Getting Ribs , the set emphasised both the tenderness of Marshall’s songwriting and the ruggedness of his South London drawl.
Although seemingly unbothered about compromising for commercial appeal, Marshall’s audience just seems to get bigger and more dedicated. And so just before he hit the stage, THE FACE headed down to meet the hardcore fans lining up outside the Apollo just as the doors were about to open.
The following morning, Krule claimed the Apollo shows could be his last in the English capital. “ Last show in London for a thousand years tonight,” Krule wrote on his Insta stories. “ May never play this metropolis ever again!” Hopefully he’s just having us on.
Luize, 21 ( @luize.raz ) and Jasmine, 21 ( @jasmine_venice ) What’s your favourite King Krule song?
L: I’m a sucker for Baby Blue . Also, (Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag on – that one is sexy. I can’t decide.
J: I also love Seaforth . The beach in the music video inspired my dress choice today.
Does King Krule influence your style?
L: I remember seeing a shoot of his in Vogue, which was London street style vibes. I like to play with variations of that. If you look around you’ll see the energy here is inspired by the angstyness.
J: He isn’t on my Pinterest board, let’s just say that. He is a style icon though.
What made you both fall in love with King Krule?
J: Personally, it was deep connecting sad teenager music. Not in a cringey way, it just made me feel something nice. It’s the echoey sound, music that makes you feel floaty. I’m a big fan of that.
What type of cigarettes do you think he smokes?
L: I reckon it used to be the cheap shit, like Sterling. He’s rich and funky now so who knows? Probably still a shit rollie actually.
J: I recently had some funky flavoured cigarettes from Kazakhstan. There was this chocolate flavoured one that looked like a cigarillo. If there was a buffet of cigarettes I think that’s what he’d go for.
Gabe, 19 ( @theghostofgabe )
What’s your favourite King Krule song?
Half Man Half Shark . I like the noisiness of it.
Would you say that he is a style icon?
Yeah, fuck it why not? He’s really influenced everyone here. Everyone’s rocking mullets, Carhartt, carpenter jeans. It’s great.
If you were going to take King Krule out somewhere, where would it be?
I’d say something cringe like the Windmill in Brixton. I think one of his band mates will be playing there soon actually.
If you could give King Krule a message, what would it be?
Keep rocking on in the free world.
Nina, 19 ( @11.02077 )
Probably Thames Water . It was the first song I discovered by him when I was around 14. [I have] a lot of memories connected to it and I love the crazy drum section at the end.
Do you know any pointless facts or stories about him?
My friend works at a pub in Deptford and he came in last year with a little cactus. He talked to all of my friends.
If you could take King Krule somewhere, where would it be?
I would take him to San Francisco, where I’m from, and show him all of my favourite spots.
If you could give him a message, what would it be?
Keep doing what you’re doing bro, I love your music.
Toby, 19 ( @e5exenjoyer )
Probably Baby Blue . Honestly, I just love his voice, it’s really uniquely raspy.
What do you think about when you listen to his music?
A few good memories of friends and I chilling in Sheffield on a cliff top. They’ve all gone off to uni now.
If you were going to take King Krule out for the day, where would you go?
Probably to the pub where I’m from in Surrey. Shout out to The Blue Anchor.
Alfie, 20 ( @alfie_walker._ )
Do you have any pointless facts or stories about King Krule?
My friend’s boyfriend lives with his drummer, if that counts?
What made you fall in love with King Krule?
It’s an amalgamation of all of my favourite music that spans the last 50 years. It’s like the ‘ 70s punk of The Clash with the thumping bass, the London Jazz scene… everything I like all at once.
King Krule for me is the soundtrack of South London. I’m from Woolwich, Arsenal and for me, not growing up listening to grime or drill, the fact that someone from South is making the music that he makes is so sick to me.
He used to a little bit, when The Ooz came out and he wore flannel shirts I was browsing for those shirts. He’s started wearing proto mod outfits, the loafers with white socks and the suits – like what he did in the David Letterman show. My dad was a mod and I think the style is really cool.
If you could give King Krule a message what would it be?
Let’s hangout bro. I’m from South, you’re from South, let’s make a song together. I want to hear you get as punky as it gets and see how far you can push it.
Jenny, 22 ( @jennymendyy ) and El, 20 ( @elbowkneees )
E: His interviews where he is just super chill and zen but what everything he says has such meaning behind it.
What comes to mind when you listen to him?
E: Emotion. The way he sings has power that can evoke so much feeling when you listen to him.
J: Sometimes it’s a person, but it’s also music for me to chill out to.
If you could take King Krule on holiday, where would you go?
Yvette, 25 ( @yvetteyspaghetti_ )
Probably Baby Blue . I know it’s one of his most popular but it’s what got me into him. I dated this guy a few years ago and he really loves King Krule.
How does it feel coming to the show without him now?
I’m probably going to message him after to be honest.
Would you say that King Krule is a style icon?
How would you describe his style?
I would say scrawny white boy at work.
A message for King Krule?
Definitely not the scrawny white boy comment. I wouldn’t know what to say, I guess hey and I love you!
Seagirl off the new album. The reverb makes me feel like I’m sinking into my seat.
His aesthetic and love for ‘ 50s nostalgia. His music is a very safe open space to feel, it’s been a great thing for me.
If you were going to take King Krule out, where would you take him?
A therapist’s office, we all need it.
Naya, 22 ( @nayatoum ) and Jamie, 20 ( @natt_jamie )
What do you both think about when you listen to King Krule’s music?
N: It makes me think of summer 2016, it was a fucking really good summer spent listening to him.
J: Existential crisis.
Would you say that he’s a style icon?
J: Absolutely. When someone else is wearing it, it isn’t King Krule, but when he does it, I get it.
N: He’s kind of gritty but also polished at the same time.
What do you think King Krule orders from an Indian takeaway?
J: Saag paneer.
N: Tikka masala.
J: Fancy a pint?
N: Keep doing what you’re doing King.
Jacob, 22 ( @jawcobo )
What’s your favourite King Krule album?
The live one – You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down . It got me hooked. It wasn’t until I heard the live stuff that I really related. I think he delivers and conveys an emotion and rawness that can’t be grasped in studio albums.
His energy and how electric he is. He’s indescribable, doing jazz, rock, electronic… a mashup of things at the same time that really works. He conveys a really concrete aura that can’t be compared to other artists.
Keep on going man. I think you have the potential to be a legend and really important in music history.
I wouldn’t say so.
If you were going to take King Krule somewhere, where would it be?
I would take him back home to Madrid to all of my bars. My friends are all big fans of him too so we’d have a really good night there.
Hugo, 23 ( @hugojevans )
Do you have any fun facts or stories about King Krule?
When I saw him in June, my mate went over and asked for a photo and he went: “ for fuck’s sake”. He seems like a nice enough guy with beautiful music, though.
How long have you been a fan for?
Years and years. Lockdown and that, you had to listen with the lights off you know.
Do you think about anything in particular when you’re listening to his music?
When I was living back in Camden, I’d finish work and walk home being all sad and thinking no one understands me. That kind of crap.
Yeah, I think he’s cool as fuck. I think he has a relaxed style but he’s a handsome bugger too.
If you met King Krule, do you think you guys would be mates?
Nah, not a chance. I think he’s too cool for me.
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