Photo: Brandi Slate

With Entropy, King of Spain was Matt Slate.  A one-man band armed with a guitar and a laptop. After many years of building up to and releasing Entropy, an album filled with atmospheric and lyrical ups and downs of someone attempting to find a balance in life. Things have settled down for Slate, expanding to a duo in life and within the band (Slate married his lovely wife in 2011 and added bassist/songwriter Daniel Wainright to KOS in 2009).  Both additions have added a sense of drive and creative focus, resulting in the bizarrely titled, but wonderfully crafted All I Did Was Tell Them The Truth And They Thought It Was Hell.

Recorded entirely at home, the duo have issued a fulfilling long-player that builds on it’s predecessor’s ambience and laid-back beats, more than hinting at a new direction for the band. Slate says “I think AIDWTTTTATTIWH is simultaneously darker and more pop-oriented.  The arrangements are more realized with the addition of a second songwriter.”

Of the songs themselves, he says of “Motions” (the lead off single and video for the album): “It’s attempting to find meaning in life amongst the monotony and mundaneness of daily existence. We get into patterns as we are required to perform the same tasks and behaviors on a daily basis. Sometimes it’s difficult, albeit not impossible, to not get bogged down with this. The song is about these feelings, and how they are a road block, keeping us from experiencing and enjoying life.”

 

Listen to the new MP3 

King of Spain – “Basement Fires” (via The Vinyl District)

“‘Green Eyes’ is certainly a song that stands out for me. It is King of Spain’s first attempt at anything that could be considered a “love song.” I wanted to also convey the fear and anxiety that one experiences along with new love.”

“‘Perception’ is a new concept for us, as it is the first song we’ve ever written that is truly about us as a band, more specifically about us as a band, writing, recording, and releasing this album. It’s about the emotional roller-coaster that come along with the process.”

Mellow and moody, it’s music that moves you while making you move.

Tour dates:

08.29 · Athens, GA – Caledonia Lounge

08.30 · Charleston, SC – Tin Roof

08.31 · Winston Salem, NC – The Garage

09.01 · Richmond, VA – The Camel

09.03 · Brooklyn, NY – The Cameo

09.04 · New York, NY – Pianos

09.06 · Youngstown, OH – Lemon Grove

09.07 · Columbus, OH – Tree Bar

09.09 · Chicago, IL – Township

09.10 · Memphis, TN – P&H Cafe

09.11 · Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia

 

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