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William The Conqueror

November 11, 2017 @ 8:45 pm - 10:45 pm

William-the-Conqueror-1.photo credit - Adam BarnesWILLIAM THE CONQUEROR TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM
ON 4
William The Conqueror seems hell-bent on blurring the lines between
genres. While the headline of this
very piece dubs them an “Americana” act, they could also easily
be labeled as “country” or “folk” or even
“grunge” or just straight-forward “rock.” But whatever you wa
nt to call William The Conqueror does not
matter. All that matters is that this group is good. Damn
THE 405
Indie-rock trio William the Conqueror to release their
debut album
Proud Disturber Of The Peace
Loose on 4 August 2017.
Hailing from the coast of Cornwall, multi-instrumentalists Ruarri J
oseph, Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes channel
classic blues and singer-songwriter influences through a grunge/indie
filter drawing influences from bands and artists
as diverse as The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads, with Mark Guarino f
rom The Guardian describing them as
stomping country rock veering into stoner grunge
. Praised for their grit and authenticity by the likes of The Guardian
and NPR
s Ann Powers, the three piece have already made their mark across the pond
in Nashville performing at the
influential AmericanaFest which led to a nomination for best song at th
e UK Americana Awards and a chance to share
the stage with the likes of Jools Holland and Van Morrison.
The debut album charges through ten raw tracks, asserting itself with opener
In My Dreams
, a song about destiny,
disappointment and defiance; driving drums and heart racing bass setting the tone.
Other standouts include the
confessional and timeless
, the mysteriously triumphant
Cold Ontario
d epic future single
Tend To The
with its earworm guitar hooks, blistering drums and ethereal harmonies.
Sculpted off the radar with no-one to answer to but themselves the band ended up
recording the album in Joseph
garage (literally disturbing the peace) after plans to record it on
the Isle of Lewis were hampered by a hurricane killing
the power. Undeterred and embracing the ethos of roots based producers such as E
than Johns and Ryan Hewitt and
with input from Slowdive
s Neil Halstead, they were adamant they wanted to keep the edges loose, opting fo
r single
live takes and avoiding excessive overdubs, focusing on the vibe. The results sing
with the confident energy of a band
comfortable in their own skin, striking a vein of creativity and runni
ng with it.


November 11, 2017
8:45 pm - 10:45 pm