26 February 2010

Ascending: Kings Go Forth

Our affinity for soul music in all forms, sizes, regions and eras is well documented in these pages. Now rising to create their own niche is the Milwaukee collective Kings Go Forth.

Plying its heavily percussive and keyboard laden sound in local clubs, Kings Go Forth has produced an impressive collection of singles over the past couple of years. In addition, harkening back to the 1960s when regional acts would break through radio play, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee put the band in its regular rotation. The group garnered enough attention that David Byrne's Luaka Bop label latched on to the train car and will be releasing the first LP by the band in the April. Pitchfork recently reviewed the first single from the yet untitled album, "Don't Take My Shadow," which you can stream here.

And now comes word that they will be headlining the Muzzle of Bees showcase stage at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin on 18 March.

When listing our Best Songs of the Year feature back in 2008, TNOP named Kings Go Forth's "One Day" near the top of the list: "C'mon attacha full steam: Garage Band Soul! Milwaukee group's raw sound evokes Nuggets and a Stax soul revue, along with the stage presence of Tower of Power."

Dig it.

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