Since their humble beginnings winning the 2014 ARBA award for 'Most Outstanding New Act KINGS & ASSOCIATES have truly developed into one of Australia's most uniquely new and exciting neo blues bands. Within 2 short years The Kings have quickly become regulars at many festivals throughout Australia along with premier venues in most capital cities.
‘Unlike Red Dress where we felt we were finding our feet stylistically, Tales Of A Rich Girl is a lot closer to our heart’ says lyricist and vocalist Angie Portolesi. ‘This album was written for most from real life experiences… these songs represent who we are today in so many respects, they speak back to us like kids, and we can say we're proud of them’.
By week 2 of the release of ‘Tales Of A Rich girl’, the album went to number 1 on the Australian blues and roots radio charts, and reached number 15 on the Roots Radio international charts compiled from global radio play lists. Reviews have been nothing short of astonishing:
- Huff Post’s Randy Radic labelling it “a humdinger from the land down under”
- Chris Spector from Midwest Records describing it as “killer stuff that knows all the right moves….”
- Peter Merrett from PBS Melbourne stating “wow! I think I’ve just been to heaven and back delivered a new man...”
- Tracks from Tales have been played on radio across the globe including JJJ in Australia and by Paul Jones on BBC2.
In conjunction with their new album the band continues their relationship with global NGO World Vision. This partnership was birthed from the 2016 Red Dress album which was produced as part of World Vision's #nochildforsale campaign to help raise awareness of childhood sex slavery, specifically in Brazil.
Kings & Associates have developed a close relationship with World Vision as a partner artist, the issue of sex slavery remains a driving passion for the band and a huge influence on their artistic direction. ‘We're not about bashing people on the head with a social message or pointing the finger’ comments Angie, ‘our time in Memphis and specifically our visit to the site of the shooting of Martin Luther King reaffirmed in us how slavery has been with us for generations and the impact it's had on humanity is something we need to continue to address. It's not about saying “there are the bad guys”, but for us it's about saying what in my life allows the repressed of this world to remain enslaved’.
In 2018 Kings & Associates will be performing a string of shows throughout Australia to support their new album including festivals such as WOMADelaide, BlenheimFest, EchucaWinter Blues, the Fringe, and will embark on their first shows in New Zealand in early March.