"By the time you reach the final track of Standing In The Shadows, you'll be left in no doubt. They've nailed it. Aced it. Knocked it out of the park, just as you knew they would. If King King were a lesser band, with lesser balls, they might have folded under the weight of expectation that surrounds this second album. Instead, Alan Nimmo and the boys have taken everything the last two years have thrown at them the rave reviews, the national awards, the sell-out shows and responded with the best songs of their lives.
Plenty of bands fumble the 'difficult second album'. King King have blown this one sky-high. Recorded at Superfly Studios in the Nottinghamshire countryside, and co-produced with blood and muscle by vocalist/guitarist Alan and drummer Wayne Proctor, this is a record that stays true to the Glaswegians' blues-rock roots while keeping listeners on their toes with its gamut-running vibe.
It's been two years since King King broke cover as the hottest draw in British blues-rock. Of course, to any serious music fan, this was never exactly a 'new' band. As co-frontman of the legendary Nimmo Brothers, Alan was already a towering figure on the international scene, not to mention the busiest man in Glasgow (he recorded Standing In The Shadows between commitments with brother Stevie). The band, meanwhile, were amongst the most skilled and respected musicians on the circuit, and in May 2011, this dream-team duly delivered a classic debut album that hit press and public like a train.
The reaction to Take My Hand was unanimous. In a five-star review, Maverick Magazine called it ""terrific ... tremendous"". Blues Matters noted that ""when it comes to the high-rolling wave of British blues, they are riding way above the surf"". Classic Rock crowned the release Blues Album of the Month and deemed it ""an album to brighten days"". Even the veteran BBC presenter and Blues Band icon Paul Jones was moved to comment: ""Here at Radio 2, we think Alan Nimmo and King King are going to go all the way...""
As usual, he was right. From the moment their firecracker live debut stole the show at the Monaghan Blues Festival, King King have built their reputation the old-fashioned way, touring like maniacs and blowing a new roof off every night. By 2012, the buzz was too loud to ignore, and at the Newark Blues Festival last September, King King s meteoric ascent was recognised by the British Blues Awards, with the band beating off stiff competition from the likes of Ian Siegal and 24 Pesos to pick up gongs in arguably the two most coveted categories 'Best British Blues Band' and 'Best British Blues Album'.
You wouldn't bet against King King adding to their trophy haul this year, either. With Standing In The Shadows hitting the shelves, and Spring tour dates booked for the UK and Europe, this is one band with no intention of resting on its laurels. Get ready for the return of the Kings..."