Review Summary: An album that deserves some attention, but pretty much got none.2 of 2 thought this review was well written
Kings to You is a band that never got much attention. If at all any. Which to me is surprising, due to the fact the band has a very catchy sound. Also Dave Arthur the vocalist sang on As I Lay Dying's "Shadows Are Security". He did all the clean vocals. But due to fact that the band is not very known and only had a 2 year span 2005-2007 not much information can be found about the band.
This band finds a great mix of Alt Rock and Indie and Pop. The guitars have a lot of fast flowing melodies, and some dissonant chords. A few big thick clean guitar parts. The songs are written greatly. The song structures stay away from the boring chorus/verse/chorus, and actually do very creative and different things. Always trying to keep it very fun and interesting to listen to. A lot of different chord progressions and melodies. The dual guitar work also works perfectly, both work to help each other do what they need. "Closer" is the best example. Starting off with a fast melody hitting right in, jumping melodies and energetic drums and vocals.
The bass has some pretty surprisingly great presence. Right under mix just enough to give it some great low end, but not to much. The drums do pretty great. Full of energy and flowing well with the rest of the song. Pretty much doing exactly what it needs. Though the tone of the drums sound a bit wide and almost like flat. Not like a boring flat. Just kind of rough. The production for a debut is surprisingly good. The recording is pretty strong, and the mix is really great. Everything sounds great together. Nothing to loud or too quiet. Not to much low end but still enough. It works great for what it is.
Dave Arthur is definitely the highlight of this album. I thought he did great on "Shadows Are Security". But he really improved over the few years when he recorded this. Much more energy and passionate. Very natural and raw. He can almost remind me of Steve Perry, its kind of easy to hear the influence. But he for the most part tries to his own thing. Dave has a bit of that higher pitched indie singer sound. But he's a bit more strong and energetic.
Kings to You really wrote a strong album. Every part at least trying to be something and not filler. This album is filled to the brim with great music. Plenty of passion and emotion. Album should have gotten a lot of more attention than it has.