Alan Nimmo from King King Talking about Album & Tours
BD: Hi Alan, thanks for taking the time to chat about Exile & Grace King King’s new album and tour dates brightening 2018.
Exile and Grace the much-anticipated album is released by Manhaton Records on 6th October 2017.
Their UK tour kicks off at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Wednesday 17th January 2018.
BD: Let’s start with Exile and Grace out 6th October on Manhaton Records. The album title feels different from previous titles. What inspired the title Exile & Grace?
AN: The inspiration behind the album title came from a number of things really but all rolled into one! There is a huge concern that the future of our world and our species is very uncertain! There is so much conflict in the world and the way we treat the planet is a real worry for future generations. So it’s almost like “Exile” and “Grace” are like a yin and yang. We seem to exile the willingness and power to be graceful and live in harmony with one and other.
BD: Having listened to the album a number of times it is definitely rockier and has a cohesive sound. Is this the trajectory that you and King King plan to take the group in the future.
AN: It’s never a plan to take the musical style in any direction… it’s simply just how the songs turn out when we write them. I feel as the main songwriter that the more experience I gain from writing, the more relaxed I become and with that relaxation comes the early influences that I was listening to as a young kid.
BD: No title track as such – do you see any particular track as the number that defines the album.
AN: If I had to pick a tune that defined this album I’d probably say it was “Broken” It talks about the things I mentioned earlier about my concerns for our future as a human race.
BD: Do the tracks have personal meaning and have you a favourite Track?
AN: Everything I write has personal meaning as I tend to write about things and events that have gone on in my life or they can be subjects that matter to me too. They’re all my favourites!
BD: The first single of the album, (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ has had plenty of radio play and excited the fans. Keeping King King’s profile high while you are off the road. How did you decide on this track to launch the album with its Thunder overtones.
AN: It’s great to add depth and real meaning to certain songs throughout an album but just sometimes it’s simply ok to write a quirky tune that still tells a story but doesn’t need to tax the brain too much! We just wanted to have a first single that had an immediate impact on the ears and made you tap your feet! Simple as that!
BD: Before we talk about the 2018 tour dates and beyond. You must have been heartened by the support and loyalty of your fans who have joined at various points on the King King Musical journey. The fans want to know how your vocal chords are progressing and are you doing what has been ordered staying quiet and resting your voice.
AN: First of all I would just like to thank all of our fabulous fans for the staggering amount of support and love they have shown not only me but to everyone in the band! As you can imagine…this is a very difficult time for me and indeed the boys and I’m glad that we decided to take this time out to get a full recovery and I want everyone to know that I’m working my backside off to get into good health vocally and in every other way!
BD: Let’s talk 2018. UK tour dates kick off at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Wednesday 17th January 2018; then four further dates around the U.K. This will certainly start the gigging year on a high for your growing phalanx of loyal King King fans. This will be the start of Exile & Grace Tour and hearing the tracks we will have time to have learned. Which tracks work particularly well on a live King King set?
AN: Yes, we’re really looking forward to getting back on the road and playing our UK tour! We’ll be rehearsing for the tour pretty soon and we’ll find out which songs work best live but you can never tell which ones will go down well on a live show until you try them! We will try to choose wisely!
BD: What plans do you and King King have for 2018 and beyond whether playing Rock or blues?
AN: There is a very busy 2018 already shaping up so we just want to keep doing what we do and hope that our fans stay by our side and enjoy the journey with us. There is plenty more for King King to achieve so don’t worry… you’ll be seeing lots of us!
BD: Finally, while you are off the road relaxing! What music are you listening to and giving you inspiration?
AN: When I’m in the gym or walking in the hills or even out on the motorbike then I tend to listen to everything in my music library… it’s basically on random shuffle all the time so it’s anything from Thunder to Prince to Chris Stapleton to Black Crows to Eric Clapton, Free, Whitesnake, Steve Vai… I could go on all day! I even listen to King King and I also love the “Sky Won’t Fall” album from my big bro!