Luton post-hardcorers Young Kings have just rounded off a run of European dates and are gearing up for more shows back here in the UK! We asked the band to take on our A-Z challenge!
A song that made you want to make music?
Will (vocals)- Talking Old Soldiers - Elton John was the first song that I ever listened to that struck an emotional chord with me.
Donny (drums) - Rock Show - Blink 182. Travis Barker was and still is probably one of the best drummers in the world.
KC (guitar) - I Would Do Anything For Love - Meatloaf was the first real song I can remember vividly that made me want to make music.
Best rider you've ever had?
Will - In Germany they went all out in making us Vegan spag-boll, and laid out a really nice spread; rolls, salad the works. They said tuck in, so we did, after Dave (Bassist) ate two plates of pasta and three rolls, they told us that the rolls were actually for breakfast… and were part baked.
Craziest moment you've experienced in the band?
Donny - Well i jumped off a pretty tall bridge in Switzerland second day into tour, and partially perforated my ear drum.
KC - The van door once fell off whilst we were driving, that was pretty funny.
Will - Definitely looking out at people connecting to the songs and singing them back.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
Will - “This boy in full blossom is here, and I’m still yet to grow” from our song Young Ways. The lyrics are about a very close friend of mine who passed away whilst we were writing the song. He made the most of every opportunity which had an effect on me.
Easiest song you wrote?
Donny - All our songs have come out really naturally, however Hyde would probably be the easiest, it was the first track we all wrote together, and we all seemed to gel instantly with that one.
Favourite song in your set?
Will - Gods Skin
Donny - I’ve got to go with Hyde, at the moment we open our set with it, and its just got a huge impact. Even when we rehearse it, it gets me pumped.
KC - Visitor for sure, I enjoy the movement of the song the most, and its just super easy to play.
Guest you'd most like to feature on one of your records?
Will - Charlie Simpson, cos I’m a massive (Fightstar) fan and his voice is incredible.
Donny - Adam Lazzara (Taking Back Sunday) literally everything he does is gold.
KC - Jordan Spears (Flood of Red) has such a unique voice, and absolutely kills it.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Will - Being broke.
Donny & KC - Will…
KC - Haha, nah we love him really.
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Donny - Will is a ridiculous swimmer, he’s pretty much our life guard every time we decided to go swimming in a random lake.
Jokes you have in the band?
Donny- Every tour there is something completely different, someone will say something absolutely absurd on day one and it will be the joke for about two weeks.
Key to writing a song?
Will - Eat a three course sad meal by yourself, have a mini-breakdown, ponder your existence and then wait for Donny and KC to start bugging you about vocals.
KC - Get really angry about having to work a real job, sit in the dark for three hours listening to Cher.
Donny - Delete everything KC has written for drums, and start again.
Longest distance you've travelled to play a show?
Donny - We’ve done some huge drives in Europe but the one that sticks out is a one off show in Workington, which took the weirdest amount of time to get too, but we did see the peak and lake district, and turned out to be one of our favourite shows.