[WAM] Magazine: The K’s take on Academy 2

It would be most peculiar to say that a turning point in a bands career would be their debut single but for The K’s, it opened up doors…

THE K'SThe band from Earlestown has since performed at likes of the Etihad Stadium, made their first appearance at Kendal Calling, and headlined a number of ever more illustrious venues in Manchester, with their show at Academy 2 their biggest yet.

After several years of playing pubs and clubs, a short hiatus saw the band made up of childhood friends Jamie Boyle and Dexter Baker return in 2017 after a period to reflect, refocus and reenergise. Joining the band was Ryan Breslin who had experience as a session musician touring across the world with Slydigs and Jordan Holden who cemented the line up in 2018.

The first track to be released by the band in July of the same year was the huge fan-favourite ‘Sarajevo’. Whilst lyrics in most of their tracks seek reflection on their own experiences, the track inspired by the fate of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand which has since gone on to be streamed over 850,000 times on Spotify, came randomly from Jamie when reading a history book on the subject of WW1.

“Lyrically, it is the song I’m most proud of.” – Jamie Breslin

It was the start of a journey which saw the band sign a management deal, who have
helped the band continue their ascent to the top, with each Manchester show that sells out being bigger than the last. The band have since released two further tracks, both which have been featured on Radio X and BBC Introducing.

Indeed it is not just the frontman’s passion for music that he picked up from his father but all things Magpies as he shares a matching middle name of ‘Newcastle’ with his brother. It was after watching a video of The Jam performing In The City, Live at the Circus he knew it was what he wanted to do and started learning to play the guitar at 11/12, taught by his dad, Doug.

It has been important to the band to stay grounded after what is a relatively short time together, but on stage the songs are raw and delivered with a great punk melodies throughout. Indeed it is this connection with fans that has made The K’s ones to watch, which is best seen in live footage from their Gorilla show which is used in their 1st music video and 2nd single ‘Got A Feeling’.

“The Support from our fans never fails to amaze us and definitely makes everything we do worthwhile” Jamie says. Proving that things can indeed grow in the dark, The K’s are proud to represent their hometown, cast in the shadow of its much larger neighbours. That’s Entertainment.

– Lee Harman

The K’s headline Manchester Academy 2 on Friday 25th January.
Tickets on sale here
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