Formed in Australia three years back are Palace Of the King, who are no strangers to hard work having already notched up over 200 live performances as well as two eps and a very hard to get full album. This year sees the birth of their doubly titled proper debut album “White Bird/Burn The Sky”.
From the analogue rock pleasures of opening duo ‘Take Your Medicine’ and ‘No Chance in Hell’ it is apparent that their inspiration is taken from the decade that brought us The Sweeney, flares and James Callaghan – the 1970s. Eminently hummable riffs and choruses with a sound steeped in contemporaries Rival Sons, down to Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. The latter more so, especially on the catchy funk rock of ‘Another Thing Coming’ – with the squelchy synth akin to mark III Deep Purple. ‘White Bird (Bring Your Armies Against Me)’ is a six minute epic whose bluesy synth provides the foundation for blistering Led Zeppelin rock, with Leigh Maden and Matthew Harrison’s guitars bursting into life toward the end.
This record is not just fondly looking at yesteryear through rose-tinted spectacles as, like Rival Sons, Vintage Trouble and Blues Pills, they might have something old and something borrowed but they revived it for the 21st century. ‘Aint Nobody to Blame But Myself’ is a well crafted ear worm that could easily pass for modern day Europe. ‘Leave Me Behind’ is a full-blooded rocker with a great sprinkling of saxophone toward the end, with Tim Henwood’s vocals giving off a strong Vince Neil vibe. Henwood’s Americanised singing is the perfect fit for this good time rock, especially the funky Aerosmith like riff of ‘Devils Daughter’.
”White Bird/Burn The Sky”, with its eye catching cover courtesy of tattooist Kristian Kimonides, is a great record which marries all out rock and roll to a foot tapping funk undercurrent – it looks to the past and drags it into the modern age.