Little King Interview 12/03/20

 

MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences      

 

LK:My band has been around since 1996, and we have put out 6 albums since then.  I started with a couple guys in El Paso, Texas, and the lineup has changed for every album, although Eddy Garcia (also has played in Ministry, Overkill, and founded Pissing Razors) has been on the last 3 records.  Seems like I make an album every 4 years...not sure why it's spaced out that way, but so it goes.

 

My influences vary from Rush to Maiden to Mozart to Tupac to Peter Tosh.  Depends what hour of what day of what week is going on!  I must say, since I quit drinking, there's a lot less anger on my stereo.  Now if I could just quit the fucking bath salts!

 

MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from

LK:Real world stuff...parenthood, current events, the state of my health and happiness, and abject stupidity that seems to increasingly pervade our world, particularly in social media.  Back in the day, a journalist was an accomplished an somewhat objective person.  There weren't that many people who were given a platform for their ideas, so generally speaking, one had to be learned and educated in order to have that platform.  Now?  Any fucking asshole with a phone can pontificate like they studied international law at Cambridge.  Scary stuff.

 

MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?

LK:I mean, that's like choosing one of your children, you know?  I guess "Happy Home" from OD1 (2014), "Collateral Damage" from Legacy of Fools (2008), and "The Skin That I'm In" from the current record (Occam's Foil, 2019) are in the top 5.  They certainly will always be a part of my setlist live.  Honorable mention I guess to "Bloodline" from Time Extension (1998), which was ambitious if not quite proper on the record but is still a great arrangement, super-fun to play, and the lyrics resonate now even more than when I wrote them.  It ended up being a self-fulfilling prophecy, which is trippy...

 

MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020

LK:TBA...we have some things in the works, but we haven't played out live in awhile so it's a little harder to get festivals to say Yes.  I wish we could play Europe this year, but with the current state of affairs with the Coronavirus as well as my work and personal life, that may have to wait.  But yeah...we have a couple drummers who live 500 and 2000 miles away, respectively, so we have to coordinate carefully with them.

 

MM: What can we expect from Little King live

 

I think we are as dynamic and diverse as a 3 piece guitar/bass/drums group can be.  Vocally, Manny (Tejeda, also on bass) and I have a cool little vibe going.  Both huge Alice in Chains fans, so people seem to hear a little of that in our vocal arrangements, particularly on the first song on the new EP, "Hate Counter."  Our studio arrangements are tight and focused, but I allow myself to be a little looser on stage.  Mostly for the best, I think.  I don't know...come see and watch me walk the razor's edge with every fucking song!

 

MM: What do you like best and worst abt touring

LK:Man, it's been years since I've done a proper tour, but it's happening this year for sure.  I think the best part about it is that you can create REAL fans live.  People are moved by a live performance in a way that is much different than streaming a song on crappy headphones or speakers in a shitty, compressed format.  You make eye contact, you rip a solo, you play up the dynamics...that's what reaches the next level of a potential fan.  I love that opportunity.

 

Worst?  LK: I will miss my son, my house, my bed, my gym, my beach, my creature comforts, my hot tub...wait a second...TOUR CANCELLED!

 

MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies

LK:Pissing Razors (may not be the closest fit musically, but I love those guys and they are like brothers), Tool, and maybe Porcupine Tree or the Foo Fighters. Ahhhh...that's 4?  Sorry...English major over here.

 

MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why

LK:I saw Rush on their final tour's opening night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  That was 2015, I guess, and I was with former Little King bass player and my best friend, Shannon Brady.  Shannon is a HUGE Rush fan, like me, and we kinda figured that would be the end for them.  We were right!

So he flew in after me, and flights ended up getting cancelled into Tulsa that night because of tornado warnings.  So Shannon rents a car from Dallas and proceeds to drive north.  About 2 hours in, the State Troopers pull him over and tell him that there is a tornado directly ahead, and he was ordered into a tiny town and downstairs into a shelter with about 50 other frightened people.  He calls me and tells me he's gonna die.  Shannon is a drama queen, so I wasn't too worried.


Finally, the tornado blows overhead and through town. Shaking, lights flickering, some real "Twister" level shit!  He gets back up to the street and his rental car is literally FLIPPED OVER ONTO ANOTHER CAR!  I still have the photo.  So the show was memorable, but the lead-up was epic. We had 1 or 23 drinks to soothe the nerves afterwards...

 

MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with

LK:I think the biggest accomplishment is the fact that no matter what has been happening in my life - marital issues 2x, kids, career and location changes, etc. - I still persevere and put out albums that I can be proud of.  Sometimes I hear unsolicited criticism (thankfully not as much as unsolicited praise), and I know that people are trying to be helpful. Really. But in the back of my mind, I'm invariably thinking, "Okay fucker...send me your 6 records and I'll give you my critical breakdown next week."  Like everything, I guess...consider the source.

 

MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time

LK:Let's go with Darkside of the Moon and 2112.  Hard to fuck with either of those.  Gotta also add Aja by Steely Dan, Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden, and maybe Naked by the Talking Heads.

 

MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?

LK:Yeah...I was in the cafeteria at my high school at about age 16.  I wasn't even playing guitar in that band (The Green T's), and I was a perfectly awful singer.  But I didn't care, even if I made a complete ass out of myself covering U2 and Zeppelin songs.  I had balls, if not pipes.  That was the beginning of music taking over the place that athletics had previously occupied.

 

MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.

LK:Ha!  Mostly the same ones I have in the rehearsal space now.  Rush, Hendrix, Zeppelin, Maiden, Floyd.  I have some Steely Dan, Talking Heads, Tupac and Snoop up now.  Love me some Death Row era rap.

 

MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person

LK:Jesus Christ?  I don't know...let's give a different answer for each. For rock, I think Paul McCartney is an answer you can't go wrong with.  Dude's longevity, still touring at age 75, along with a ridiculously diverse catalog with and without the Beatles, is pretty remarkable.  I think just about every rock act since the late 60's has copped a McCartney song or riff at one time or another.

 

Metal?  Ozzy has to be the early choice.  Sabbath changed EVERYTHING.  But I also think James Hetfield, Bruce Dickinson, Lemmy, and maybe Bon Scott have a fighting say in that ring.

 

MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?

LK:Making new music.  Just about to finish the first new song in 20 minutes.  Can't wait to share it!  But publicity is nice, touring is essential, and I acknowledge that. Nothing is more important than new music, though.

 

MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?

LK{We are discussing that right now.  I think some Zappa would be fun, maybe "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?" would be fucking hilarious.  Little King music can be pretty serious, so that would be a good change of pace!

 

MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band

LK:What are you into? If you like rock and a little deeper thought, I think Little King is for you.  If you like intricate arrangements, thoughtful lyrics, shredding guitar solos, amazing drums, then give it a listen.  Auto-tune not included.

 

MM: Four words to describe your Band

LK:Progressive Dynamic Thinking Rock.

 

Final Words for your fans and our readers

LK:We update our web site and FB pages constantly!  Check them out at www.littlekingtunes.com and hear the last 5 albums.  I think you're gonna have a new favorite band.

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