Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
Interview with King Eider
The recent popularity of folk music sees no sign of abating, with banjos and mandolins selling like hot cakes in the ‘Dog and bands like Mumford and Sons still selling huge quantities of albums globally. King Eider are an Edinburgh based 5-piece band doing a top job of capitalising on this trend while injecting their own sound and musicianship. With live sessions on BBC Radio Scotland and Gaby Roslin’s show, we predict big things for them in 2015.
On Saturday 13th December 2014, they preview the new video for their single “Fire” at the Bongo club. Tickets are available here.
If it’s anything like the gorgeous “Drink Us Dry” song and video, it’s going to be awesome:
We recently caught up with Reuben Tighe, guitarist and lead singer, and asked him some searching questions…
TELL US A BIT ABOUT KING EIDER…
King Eider formed three years ago. We began much more contemporary folk in genre, but replacing Cello with Keys 6 months ago gave birth to what feels like a more evolved sound, outside of the folk bracket but still with acoustic based instruments fundamentally, adopting a slower tempo with more groove to the tracks.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME?
We came up with the name drinking beer, a beer named Yellowhammer; We were looking out for a band name and decided to research all the British bird names (inspired since Yellowhammer is both the name of an ale and of a British bird!), and King Eider jumped out. We liked it because it sounds quite serious and regal, but really we are just named after a duck!
WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT LINE UP?
Reuben Tighe – Guitar, lead Vox
Lucy Frankel – Violin, Vox
Sam Chapman – Drums, Vox
Josh Casali Bell – Keys, Vox
Sam Palmer – Bass
WHAT THREE WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE THE BAND?
Exuberant, emotive, unpredictable
HOW DO YOU WRITE A SONG?
When writing a song, I tend to start with a melody. Usually a guitar pick which I have landed on and find difficult not to repeat comes first, then a melody next. Then certain syllables jump out which naturally match the vocal melody. Using a combination of those and the mood of the developing song, I write the lyrics and give the song a meaning. Then from there I would work on arrangement and structure. This is a process I used to think needed to be finished in one or two sittings, but now I have learned not to force anything, and write slowly, letting inspiration come naturally. This is the best way for me.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE KING EIDER SONG? WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR YOUR NEXT RELEASE?
My personal favourite King Eider song is one called FIRE, which incidentally is our single, due to be released in February 2015! Following this release we intend to release a 4 track EP in April which we will then tour at as many UK festivals as possible, before finishing with a 2 week UK tour in September. Then it’s back to the recording studio!
HOW DO YOU SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT YOUR MUSIC?
We use a lot of social media to spread the word about our music, of course. But also it is important to gig plenty and keep a good word of mouth. Also to keep busy, so there is always something new to talk about for people. With our last album release, we hired professional help for a 3 month PR campaign before the release, and played live slots on radio in London and Scotland. This time we are signing with a small budding record label in Edinburgh called New Pupil Music, who will take most of the PR responsibility off our hands, so we can worry about gigging and writing etc.
WHO AND WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
The Wild Beasts
The decade of the ’60s in general!!!
IF YOU COULD ONLY LISTEN TO ONE ARTIST FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
TOUGH QUESTION!!! Probably an artist who has an extensive back catalog of albums and has some changes in genre about them, like Fleetwood Mac. Then again, I have listened to The Wild Beast’s 4 albums HEAVILY over the past year and still have not gotten bored. So yeah, PROBABLY The Wild Beasts, but I don’t like that question!
WHICH OF YOU WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT?
Lucy would take us all down no problem, she eats the most spinach…
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE INSTRUMENT?
My favourite instrument is the human voice!
DO YOU SHOP IN RED DOG?
We shop in Red Dog all the time. The staff are always lovely and SUPER helpful, and mostly are in amazing bands!
Thanks to King Eider for answering our questions! If you’d like to have a feature on your band, feel free to get in touch…
Red Dog Music is the UK’s friendliest musical instrument and pro-audio dealer. Between our 5000 square foot Edinburgh shop filled with an incredible range of products, and our London showroom in Clapham specialising in high-end instruments, dj and pro-audio, Red Dog Music has you covered from north to south and from performance to playback.