It’s Saturday night! I have my tickets in hand walking into Wild Bill’s to see Almost Kings. Tonight they are releasing their new EP, CLUBROCK. It would not matter if it was a CD release or not, I would still be here for the show. I walk in and am hit by a gigantic crowd of people. This group is unique in that they are not signed and handle everything from merchandise to booking venues. Their business savvy and marketing works. Tonight I see hundreds of fans. I am a fan. I head to the front with my camera in tow and I am ushered into the throngs of a huge group of people. I feel the crowd’s excitement is only for an energy rush of adrenaline caused by being entertained with good music and listening to a great performance. Almost Kings enter stage right. The drummer begins to tap lightly with his sticks and then BAM! Onto the stage comes the rest of the group. I have said once and I will say it again, it is hard to get pictures of these guys because they simply do not stand still.
If Rage Against the Machine and 311 had a baby, I do believe it would be named Almost Kings. A band of 2011 heavily influenced by the grunge, rap, and heavy metal of the 1990’s; Almost Kings manages to intertwine all these genres of music in their lyrics. To see AK perform BOUNCE! Live is a treat. This is a high energy band. They jump and bounce off of almost anything . . . and when they jump? They catch air. Thank you guys for putting on a great show. The new songs off your EP are great. Thanks to all who I met throughout the night. It was a great one. Happy Birthday to Keith Minor who has a rendition of the wild night and his celebration details. He was there with me tonight. I tried finding him. I was never able to locate him. Even with “text” directions :) Almost Kings . . . I will sum up the night and I think there are several out there who would agree with me: It was a perfect combination, a perfect storm.