Category Archives: Alvarez Kings

Of National Importance Records 2009-2015 (…and a bit more)

The crown
Of National Importance Records is pretty much over. Possibly for a long while but maybe forever. The shop is still open for downloads and shipping of the last few physical releases and will remain so for as long as God allows. Below is everything that remains of ONI…
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ONI19: Lyndon Scarfe | Music for a Lost Film 2 | Digital | Free Download
ONI18: Lyndon Scarfe | Layers EP | Digital | Free Download
ONI17: Various Artists | Misophonic Minds: ACOBCC | Download £2
ONI16: L.L. Owler | After Yourself | Free Download
ONI15: The Black Lamps | The Black Lamps | LP £12/CD £7/Download £5
ONI14: The Exhibition | Carry to the End | CD Unavailable/Download £1
ONIP05: The Exhibition | Finis | Free Download
ONI13: Aztec Doll | Bowdlerize | Free Download
ONI12: The Exhibition | Roma/Forward in Arms | Free Download
ONI11: McCarthy Vigil | McCarthy Vigil | Free Download
ONI10: The Exhibition | Man Proposes, God Disposes | Free Download
ONI09: Aztec Doll | Endlessly | Free Download
ONI08: Various Artists | Pareidolia | CD  Unavailable/Download £1/T-shirt Unavailable
ONI07: Alvarez Kings | Cold Conscience | Unavailable
ONIP04: The Favio Bechthold Situation | Folk in Hell | Free Download
ONIP03: Alvarez Kings | Walking in the Air | Free Download
ONI5.5: Various Artists | The Dechaired EP | Unavailable
ONI05: GoldSoul | Blood Red | 7″ Vinyl £2.50/Download £1
ONI04: Alvarez Kings | Patience Is Strength | Unavailable
ONI03:Various Artists | Things That Aren’t There: ACOBCC | Free Download
ONIP02: Dan Williamson | Breaking Tables | Free Download
ONI02: The Exhibition | The Crown/Coma | Vinyl Unavailable/Download £1
ONIP01: The Exhibition | Balancing Act/Lingua Franca | Free Download
ONI01: Alvarez Kings | The Sequel | Unavailable
ONI00: The Exhibition | 4-Track Demo EP | Free Download
Top Image by Hattie Lockwood

Cold Conscience Released Today

Buy digital:
Itunes | ONI Records | |We7 |7Digital | Deezer | Nokia Music Zune/Xbox | Spotify

Buy physical:
ONI Records | Norman Records | HMV Sheffield | HMV Barnsley

Top artwork by Dave Mullen Jnr

Alvarez Kings ‘Cold Conscience’ EP | Pre-order

Alvarez Kings and Of National Importance Records release the follow up to 2011’s acclaimed Patience Is Strength EP worldwide next month on the 18th of June. Recorded with Dave Sanderson at 2fly Studios in Sheffield and Steve Ellis at Orion Studio in Rotherham, the 4 tracks will be available from all major download stores and as a limited edition CD. Digital and physical formats are available to pre-order now from our shop and include a free immediate download of Fractured Bones & Reputations.

The tracklist is as follows:

1. Cold Conscience (Video here, stream here)
2. Fractured Bones And reputations (Video here, free download here)
3. The Other Side of Sadness
4. Picking Up The Pieces (Acoustic Version)

Pre-Order now.

Alvarez Kings ‘Cold Conscience’

Alvarez Kings – Walking in the Air – Free Download

It’s the end of the beautiful/terrible year that was 2011 and to help you celebrate the achievement of weathering all that happiness/depression here’s a Christmas present from Alvarez Kings: a sublime cover of Walking in the Air, originally written by Howard Blake for that lovely film The Snowman and in this instance recorded by Dave Sanderson at 2fly Studios in Sheffield. Merry Christmas!

Here’s the free mp3:

Walking in the Air.mp3

Or if you’d prefer a superior binary format click here.

There will be news on more releases Of National Importance in the new year, including plenty more from Alvarez Kings.


Top photograph originally by Tracey Welch

The Cedar Room | 13/08/2011

New Sounds

Above is the new video for Dan Williamson’s track ‘I Cooked Her Heart’. The song is taken from Fat Elephant studio’s forthcoming ‘Under The Stairs’ EP, which also features contributions from Elephant Keys and Whispering Dolls.

Below are a few other things you may or may not have heard before:

‘Lowest Far Left Area’ (Demo) by The Favio Bechthold Situation. Free Download

‘Beginning and Ending’ by The Exhibition. Free Download

‘Patience is Strength’ [Orion Studio Version] by Alvarez Kings

Patience Is Strength Video

Patience Is Strength Released Today!

Alvarez Kings and Of National Importance Records release the EP ‘Patience Is Strength’ worldwide today!  Limited CD copies can be ordered direct from our own Bandcamp store with a free immediate download, whilst the first orders will also come packaged with an Of National Importance Records Sampler CD containing some exclusive tracks not available elsewhere. Digital copies are also available for just £3.00 from the same store or from any the following retailers:

iTunes | Tunetribe | Bandcamp | Zune
Nokia Music | Spotify | Emusic | Napster

If you already own a copy of last years ‘The Sequel’ CD single then email us with the number of the edition you own and we’ll provide you with a discount code for the Patience Is Strength EP to be used through our Bandcamp store.

Click here for the live dates Alvarez Kings will be playing in support of the release.

“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

“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 poppy beats.
The Music Fix

“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

There will be news on another new release from a band new to the label before April is over.

A Means To An End

Live – Barnsley, Sheffield, Verona.

Gigs: Alvarez Kings will be headlining their first European tour this month after Launching the EP ‘Patience is Strength’ at a secret location is Sheffield. Dan Williamson meanwhile – also appearing at said launch party – has a string of  his own Sheffield dates planned and The Exhibition will be making a live return at The Cedar Room in Barnsley with a slightly adjusted lineup. Full dates below:

Dan Williamson:

08/04/11 The Bowery Sheffield
9/04/11 Secret Location Sheffield
30/05/11 The Frog & Parrot Sheffield
11/05/11 The Frog & Parrot Sheffield
14/05/11 The Harley Sheffield
03/06/11 The Plug Sheffield

Alvarez Kings:

9/04/11 Secret Location (EP Release Party) Sheffield, UK
13/04/11 Cafe Video Ghent, Belgium
14/04/11 Hafen 2 Offenbach, Germany
16/04/11 Zwolfzehn Stuttgart, Germany
19/04/11 La Salumeria Del Rock Arceto, Italy
20/04/11 Esnoblog Trieste, Italy
21/04/11 Jack The Ripper Verona, Italy
22/04/11 Controsenso Club Prato, Italy
23/04/11 Cantine Mediterraneo Frosinone, Italy
24/04/11 Scimme Milano, Italy

The Exhibition:

30/04/11 The Cedar Room Barnsley

Top photo by Kev Williams