Interview: Kings & Bears

Kings & Bears are an amazing rock band that bring elements of other genres into their music, such as reggae and ska. I loved their song Warrior, and found myself wanting for more! Read the interview below and make sure you check out the song at the end!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Warrior, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song? What does the title refer to?

Our latest single, Warrior, is a song originally written for myself, as many songs are. An anthem or mantra to myself to stay strong despite feeling beaten down, channelling the warrior energy within me to push on and stay strong. Although, I think the song definitely takes on a universal meaning as we all know how it can feel to be beaten down in life, whether that’s by our own minds or from external sources.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

I think we’ve now pretty much recovered from the effects of the pandemic, back to more regular playing and recording, although the lockdowns were certainly testing mentally on us. It was extremely difficult to maintain any sort of momentum, but it feels good to be out of the other side of that now.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Most songs start as an idea from myself and then I take them to the band to finalise and work on arrangements. Usually, we throw the songs around in rehearsal sessions to see how we can mould them a little more and the recording process is usually a pretty quick one. By the time we are recording, we like to know pretty much exactly how we’re going to tackle the process and the arrangements.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes, absolutely. We’re planning to release at least another two singles this year with lots more in the bag for 2023. We like to record in batches so we have the music we’re going to release for the next 12 months ready to go.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

An album is definitely an in the future project we would like to do. I think when we have the backing of a label to be able to record and promote an album properly is when we would love to do this.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

We definitely lean in to older artists for the most part; Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Spin Doctors are some big ones. Most recently I have been enjoying Jack White and Khruangbin quite a bit.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

We’re based in Lincolnshire currently. The scene in the shire is a little limited but it is quite a tight-knit, supportive community in that way. All the bands know each other and play together, I think we would just like more places to play in Lincolnshire really. 

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Our next big show is July 30th at Lincoln’s Engine Shed, it’s the biggest headline show we’ve done so far so we expect it to be an amazing show. After that, we’ll be taking some down time to work on some new material, possibly a couple of smaller shows at the end of the year (back to York?!).

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live? 

When we play live it’s all about good grooves and good vibes, we give it everything we’ve got when we play as that’s what we like to see in other bands. We’re not really interested in posing and looking cool, we would much rather have a good time and create some energy.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you for being a fan, we couldn’t do it without you, you really are the best fans in the world and we love you.