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King Blues: a soundtrack to the revolts of a generation

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2311

The King Blues are the kind of band that shouldn’t be possible. That’s according to the perennial tiresome opinion pieces that ask why this generation hasn’t produced its own protest songs.

They are very much part of the movement. I remember bumping into their camera crew running through London’s streets on the chaotic student protest in 2010 to get footage for their single We Are Fucking Angry. They have supported Love Music Hate Racism throughout their career.

Frontman Jonny “Itch” Fox describes himself as either a socialist or an anarchist. Early songs hinted at those politics, but their last two albums put them right at the forefront.

Shortly before the releasing their new fourth album Long Live the Struggle, the band announced that they would splitting afterwards—without even a farewell tour. It’s a shame, because these are songs that deserved to be heard live.

One track tells ruling classes to “move on, your time is up”. Another lead single, Power to the People, puts familiar protest chants to a frenetic guitar rhythm.

Musically it continues the punk tradition of borrowing from other genres. There’s the dubstep-tinged metal of We Are The Future, the reggae influence of Tear Us Apart and the ska of When the Revolution Comes.

It’s not quite the peak of their career. Some of the slower ballads are forgettable at best. But the King Blues have left us with an album to remind us why we needed them. Don’t waste the chance to catch one of their last few gigs at this month’s festivals.

Long Live The Struggle is out now. Go to

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Tue 10 Jul 2012, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2311
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