Saturated in complex harmonies and intelligent chord progressions alike, the music of King Washington is a throwback to when rock n' roll was a songwriter's game, consistently being praised for, "bringing a return to true songwriting" (Rapt Magazine). Combining the vocal styles and songwriting ethos of classic writers of yore, with the angst and adventure of growing up in 1990's Los Angeles, King Washington's music lives amongst the precious realm of fully unexpected yet somehow familiar rock n' roll.
King Washington was born in late 2006 by a then eighteen-year old Tyson Kelly, son of pop songwriting legend and Hall of Fame member Tom Kelly. The band sprouted and became a Los Angeles indie music scene staple in mid-2009 (with the additions of George Krikes, Billy Lee and Michael Villiers). Since then the band has charged the LA music scene with the release of their debut LP, The Gears, on June 5th, 2012.
The story of the creation of The Gears is a trying one, filled with record label feuds and a year and a half of cross-country flights to record, arduous recording contract negotiating and in the end an album that was unable to be finished, nor released by the label, forcing KW back to square one. With a sour taste in their mouths, the band immediately decided to initiate a Kickstarter campaign and, with the help of their fans, were able to fund the entire re-recording of The Gears.
The Gears LP was recorded over a twelve-day, finger-blistering stint at the Exchange Studios in Milwaukee, WI in late summer 2011. Produced by Ambrosia's Joe Puerta, the album has quickly become acclaimed by critics and fans alike. "In an ideal world, King Washington would be topping the charts with The Gears. Highly melodic and intellectual without isolating the listener." (7BitArcade.com) The album showcases a quality and range of songwriting contemporary music has not been exposed to in recent memory. The album manages to be progressive in its writing while still maintaining a pop sensibility the average listener can grasp. The result is a fan-base and demographic as broad as the spectrum allows, while maintaining the envied respect of musicians and critics alike.
King Washington is currently in prep work for the recording of their second album, with the entirety of it already written. You can find them gigging at venues all over southern California with a West Coast fall tour in the works.