Four-Track Demo





Not much is known about musical neophytes If I Were King, but sometimes it’s the ones that sneak up on you that resonate the loudest. This sextet from two towns in Yorkshire in the north of England, Huddersfield and Halifax, have put together a four-track demo that is not only receiving radio support as an unsigned act, but can even be downloaded for free off their site. It’s a damn fine debut, if not one all over the musical map. “Cauterise” is a loud, guitar-driven stormer that clocks in at under two minutes, which is followed up with the equally punchy, but twice as long, “Three Cheers”. By the time the third tune, “Talk To Myself (parts I & II)” rolls around, however, the guitars jangle in an almost country or folky fashion, with a fiddle taking center stage. Finally, the four-track demo wraps up with the shoegazy, string-filled beauty of “Restless”, which is perhaps the finest track of very fine bunch. Elements of Mansun, Smashing Pumpkins, and even prime-era Wonder Stuff can be found on this inspired opening salvo. But why take my word for it? You’ve got a computer. Go check it out yourself and you, too, can say you remember the first time you heard If I Were King, before they were crowned as the Next Big Thing.

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Four-Track Demo