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King Cannons

Genre: Rock

Country of Origin: Australia

To find the real beginning of King Cannons is to go back to the street corner where a ten-year-old Luke Yeoward struggled to wield the acoustic guitar handed down to him by his mother. With a hat at his feet, Yeoward played covers he’d picked up at home and school: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young and Cat Stevens, as well as primitive songs he’d written from the chords he knew.

At a screening of a documentary about rock icon Joe Strummer in 2007, Yeoward met guitarist Rob Ting and bass player Jonno Smith, and had a light-bulb moment. Flash forward a couple of years and the six members of King Cannons – all with the trademark crown tattoo, a sign of their commitment to the music and each other – had shacked up together in a very cramped house in Melbourne, Australia. Mattresses were moved to make space for living-room rehearsals that now incorporated sidling Jamaican percussion, honkytonk piano, deep-south gospel calls and the kind of anthemic melodies Bruce Springsteen kept in his back pocket as he paced New Jersey avenues.

In 2012, electrified soul-n-roll gang King Cannons arrive at their debut album, The Brightest Light, because tangled crowds of people shout their blistering choruses back to them in ramshackle band rooms. Because the band’s six members have fought poverty and hardship to stay together. Because there’s something to their songs that both reminds of rag street poets from days gone by and speaks the truth of everyday lives, heartache and boozy nights of the present.

Band members:
Luke Yeoward - vocals/guitar
Rob Ting - guitar
Mikey Ting - keys/piano
Jonno Smith - bass
Lanae Eruera - percussion
Dan McKay - drums

Source: Official band website.
Image: Myspace