Alvarez Kings

photograph by Justin Thompson

Sheffield based indie-pop band Alvarez Kings release the EP ‘Cold Conscience’ through Of National Importance Records this June, in anticipation of their first North American tour dates. The 4-track album follows their debut EP ‘Patience is Strength’, a 2010 release sandwiched between two European tours. The tracks were recorded with long time collaborator Dave Sanderson (Reverend & The Makers, The Exhibition, 65 Days of Static) at 2fly Studios in Sheffield and Steve Ellis (Wooderson, Hey Sholay, Skeletons) at Orion Studios in Rotherham.

Brothers Simon (Vocals/Guitar) and Paul Thompson (Bass) formed the band in 2005 along with guitarist Sean Parkin, and drummer Rich Walker. Having steadily garnered music industry attention from their inception, Alvarez Kings have been handpicked to play festivals including SXSW, The Isle of Wight Festival and London’s 02 Wireless Festival; headlined two capacity shows at Camden’s Koko Venue; and amassed support slots with the likes of Bloc Party, The Enemy, Kaiser Chiefs, One Night Only, The Holloways and The Courteeners.

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Press Cuttings:

“Alvarez Kings could raise the dead with their beguiling brand of indie-pop perfection pulsating through the ether. So infectious, it’ll have you foaming at the mouth for more.” Sandman Magazine

“Bucket-loads of attitude with cut-throat guitar riffs and a gritty charm.” NME

“We’ve got a proper good feeling about this lot – and we’re rarely wrong.” Exposed Magazine

“One thing’s for sure, Alvarez Kings are Yorkshire’s next big thing. And if you aren’t already listening to them, then I strongly recommend you do.” Re:Play Magazine

“This EP is a combination of sounds to be marvelled at, with each element having its own space to breathe. Infusing lyrics that shout out from the speakers with high quality rhythms, this is pop-rock as it should be.”
Music Review Podcast

“Thompson’s vocals come across naturally and emotively, none more so than on the excellent You, Me, Them, Us … Included is The Sequel released as a single last year but it would be easy to pick another two singles from the remaining tracks particularly Dark Eyed Children that deserves airplay.”
Music News

“Alvarez Kings sound remarkably fresh with more creative ideas than you can shake your finger at. Vocally, the songs on here vary from anthemic to urgent , but it is musically that the band will perhaps surprise many.”

“Enthroning indie-pop with a crown made out of severed guitar strings, Sheffield based quartet Alvarez Kings are vigorously rubbing rock salt into the indie wound with EP Patience is Strength… a rare knack of creating order through disjointed guitar strokes, formulating the type of energised indie that gets you popping all sorts of sockets along to the equally pop-y beats.
The Music Fix

“Patience Is Strength is a melodic incantation of five well-crafted tunes. Having listened to it from start to finish several times it’s definitely one for those summer days. As the temperature increases so will the interest in Alvarez Kings, they’re definitely one to watch in 2011.”

“Filled from start to finish with epic guitar riffs and a catchy chorus sure to stick in your head. It is all too easy to imagine songs like this slotting neatly between indie favourites such as “Mr Brightside” and “Hey Scensters!” in clubs – and on iPods – up and down the country”
Carpe Musica

“If you’re not dancing by now, you’ll never dance again. Alvarez Kings have bags of talent and bags of attitude.”
Frequency Music

“Press that repeat button! Infectious stuff which could well help to propel [Alvarez Kings] into the indie big leagues.”
Shadders Online

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