That’s a wrap! Thanks for having us Shihad, we love you! #shihad #kingcannons #iamgiant #nz #tour
This is happening. Get ready. #Melbourne #Auckland #kingcannons #summerstomp #thehellomorning #ratsmagic
G’day Clermont, QLD! Just flew in to play Brigalow Beatz festival tonight! It’s hot! We’re fired up! #kingcannons #brigalowbeatz #shadowman
What happens on tour… By Dan M.
Going through the hundreds of iPhone pictures I took in Europe on tour with The Broilers, I stumbled across a few videos. This one is from a show at Aladin in Bremen. The 2nd last and by far the biggest gig of the tour.
Soundchecks get pretty dull, especially on a long tour. The best remedy for this is laughter and 1980’s Oz-Rock.
Dedicated to our ever-loving Sound Man / Tour Manager / Life coordinator, Adam “Higgy” Hignett.
A bunch of skallywags backstage before the last show of The Brightest Light Tour! #kingcannons #thebrightestlight #byronbay #thegreatnorthernhotel #skallywags (Taken with Instagram)
It just hit me how excited I am about spending time with some of my favorite Australian and International bands this week at BIGSOUND LIVE festival in Brisbane!
KING CANNONS will be performing Thursday, September 13, 10:30-11:00pm, QMusic Stage (Outdoor Venue) We hope to see you all there!!!
Here’s my Top 10 groups to catch at BIGSOUND LIVE (In no particular order)
- CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES - http://www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2012/index.cfm?contentID=695&appID=2748
- THE SNOWDROPPERS - http://www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2012/index.cfm?contentID=695&appID=2759
- KIRA PURU & THE BRUISE - http://www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2012/index.cfm?contentID=695&appID=2126
- THE HELLO MORNING - http://www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2012/index.cfm?contentID=695&appID=2859
PS: Gotta try and have a chat with Steve Earle!
We’re really lookin’ forward to coming back to NZ for these shows! This will be the first time for King Cannons in Christchurch, catching up with old crew in H-town will be a treat, and also The Powerstation in Auckland is going to be particularly special for us. The Powerstation was one of the first places most of us saw our favorite international acts perform as young teenagers. We have never headlined that joint before, and the last time we played there we supported Stiff Little Fingers, which was a bloody awesome gig if I remember correctly! Anyway, check out the presser below, get your tickets, we’ll see you very soon New Zealand!
Chur - Luke and the gang.
Poised on the edge of Very Big Things, King Cannons make a welcome return to NZ following their sell-out shows in March. Their ferocious energy and lyrical integrity has led to comparisons with The Clash, The Specials, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Weller. But the band are much more than just the sum of their (admittedly very fine) influences.
Fronted by Luke Yeoward, this Melbourne-based rock band play their own version of soul - passionate, from the heart songs that speak to everyone who is fighting for ‘a better life’.
Yeoward has cleared his own path towards that ‘better life’ - he busked the streets of Rotorua as a young teenager to raise money for his first electric guitar and amp. A stint in a timber mill at 16, ‘breathing that dust five days a week’ (‘Too Young’) made him realise that music was possibly his only salvation, so he moved to Auckland and joined a punk rock band. However, the Auckland punk scene eventually seemed just as much of a dead end street as his mill job and in 2007 he moved to Northland to work in a timber mill - ‘the only places that employ a guy covered in tattoos’.
A chance meeting with Rob Ting (guitar) and Jonno Smith (bass) at a Joe Strummer documentary changed his focus and reinvigorated his passion for music. They formed the nucleus of King Cannons and decided to move to London. However this didn’t quite go to plan and they settled on Melbourne for their base, where they lived and worked together honing their sound and becoming more and more of a tightly knit gang than a just a mere ‘band’.
Their first single ‘Take The Rock’ was hailed as ‘nothing less than a call to arms - a starting gun signalling the beginning of a new movement’, and received widespread radio play both here and in Australia. High profile tours followed with the likes of The Living End and Shihad, and Shihad’s own Tom Larkin became the eventual producer of their debut album ‘The Brightest Light’. The Brightest Light was released on 22nd June 2012 and debuted at #12 on the Official NZ Top 40 Chart and #2 on the NZ Album Chart.
Infused with the singular passion and intensity of their live shows, the album embraces rock-steady, fiery punk, stadium-ready anthems and there’s even a count-in of ‘tahi, rua, toru, wha’ on the song ‘The Cool Change’.
If you aren’t convinced by now that King Cannons are the real deal, see for yourself when they play three New Zealand dates in August. Supporting are Rangiora’s finest The Transistors, fresh off an American tour with legendary Japanese garage punk band Guitar Wolf.
The Transistors join King Cannons on tour. The band is comprised of drummer/singer Olly Crawford-Ellis, guitarist/singer James Harding and bassist Colin Roxburgh. They play short catchy songs with an emphasis on super high energy that is powered by insanely fast drumming and loud guitars. The band’s sound blends 60s garage, 70s power pop and punk and 80s hardcore and alternative rock.
Thurs 9 Aug – Gravity Bar – Hamilton
Fri 10 Aug – Powerstation – Auckland
Sat 11 Aug – CHCH Polytech – Christchurch
Tickets on sale now from Ticketmaster, Texas Radio & The Big Beat Hamilton,
Real Groovy Auckland & Penny Lane Christchurch
For all show & ticketing info go to www.muchmoremusic.co.nz
A funny backstage photo from River Sessions Festival in Mackay, QLD. Our last show with Tom Larkin on drums. We all had so much fun! #kingcannons #thebrightestlight #shihad #homesurgery #goodtimes (Taken with Instagram)
So great to be finally holding this album… Can’t wait until release date on the 22nd! Very, very happy right now… -Luke (Taken with Instagram)