Rising alternative pop-rock bandBetween Kings recentlyreleased theAntidote EP via The Regime. PRESS HERE to listen. Produced by Jimmy Messer [AWOLNATION, Kygo, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez], the new 4-song EP is named for the band’s radio single “Antidote,” currently making waves at alternative rock stations across the country and rising up the Alternative Radio chart. With its personal take on mental health, “Antidote” is a non-judgmental observation of how people cope with the pressures of modern society – a timely topic as the world navigates the heightened pressures of our altered lives. Between Kings has also issued the music video for another featured track on the EP, “Too Young To Give A Fuck.” The band called upon their fans worldwide to submit videos of them dancing and singing along to the anthemic song – PRESS HERE to watch. The Antidote EP, also featuring “Bad For Me” and “Show Me What It’s Like To Love,” is the first half of new music coming from Between Kings this year, as the coronavirus affected the rollout for their full-length album, Young Love, which will now be released at a later date.
“Everyone in the world is struggling, not just with coronavirus itself but everything that has come along with it – loss of loved ones, jobs, stability, loneliness and a massive rise in mental health issues,” shares the band. “We’ve also been hit by this too as plans, dates and events were pushed or canceled. The full album release date kept getting pushed back due to studio time, but we, and our team, really wanted to be there for the fans in this hard time and bring some new music on the original release date. So, we’ve broken the album up into two parts! We’re actually really excited to do this so we can give something to everyone now and when the lockdown and restrictions start to lift, we can get everything back on track to bring the second half to you later in the year. We truly feel like this is our best work and we hope you enjoy! We’ve put so much time and passion into these songs that we are proud to say we’ve found our signature sound!”
About the new video for “Too Young To Give A Fuck,” guitarist Jordan Coyne adds, “Everyone right now is locked in their homes and, for some, it’s a cold and lonely time. We really wanted to connect and bring people together so we thought it would be fun to reach out to fans to get them to make their own videos for this project. ‘Too Young...’ is all about how you feel inside; it’s an attitude. I have a grandma and she’s still too young to give a fuck!”
The Australian-bred, Los Angeles-based quartet – Nic Machuca [vocals], Jordan Coyne [guitar], Jayden Marsh [bass], Nick Fanning [drums] – are at once a throwback to those times when rock ‘n’ roll music could save your life and a glimpse into its possible future. Between Kings released their debut album, The Escape, in 2018, which showcased their penchant for arena-rock choruses and emo-punk influences like Blink-182, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park and Rage Against the Machine. With the help of Messer, their new music demonstrates a real progression in songcraft, a modern-day pop hybrid that incorporates scratching, synths and even hip-hop beats to a classic rock palette that evokes both The Beatles and U2. Between Kings, whose music has been streamed over 1.5 million times on Spotify, started out playing open mic nights in Brisbane before tackling the club circuit and then becoming one of Australia’s top touring attractions, including an outing with Escape the Fate. Now based in the States, the sky is the limit for the young four-piece.
UnHinged Interview with Jordan Coyne, the guitarist, for Between Kings....
Tell me the inspiration and about the song “Antidote”…
Our latest single "Antidote" is a song very close to many of us in the band. The song deals with the topic of mental health issues and living with the fact that some of us need medication to feel like we can cope. It's about coming to terms with the fact that it's okay to need an antidote to help you get through the day.
How did you all meet?
We all met through our mutual love of everything music. We were four kids trying to navigate growing up and needed an outlet for our emotions. We all went to the same "Magic: The Gathering" conference and started talking and before we knew it, we had a band.
Explain how you came up with your band name.
Once we had met and decided we were going to start a band, we sat down and spoke about where we were at in life. We were all between jobs but felt like we had the world at our fingertips. We were "kings" of our own future, so we put two and two together and Between Kings was born.
Toughest part of being a band?
We love what we do, so it's hard to think of negatives but I would say starting out, one of the toughest things to figure out, is what your message is and how to make that come across not only lyrically, but musically and sonically too. That and carrying heavy equipment around :)
Favorite things to do when not singing or playing gigs?
We all have different hobbies but some of the things we like to do as a band are play video games, watch funny compilations on YouTube together, skateboard and we love a good Aussie BBQ!
If you could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?
That’s a tough one! I think we would all have different answers to that question but as a band we have always just wanted to play shows with people we could see ourselves having fun with. I could see us having a blast with bands like 5 Seconds Of Summer (fellow Aussies), Twenty One Pilots and Bring Me The Horizon.
What is one message you would give to any new musicians?
Surround yourself with people you can trust and be open and honest with. For us, making sure we all get along and love each other comes before anything. We are one big family, which is important as we spend so much time together.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
We would be a "Stomp the Yard" type dance crew. Our drummer "Tricky" loves freestyle dance so I think he could lead us to victory for sure.
How has the Coronavirus pandemic impacted you as a band?
Coronavirus has not only impacted us but it has put a hold on pretty much every tour at the moment so we aren't able to play shows, which is driving us a little crazy, but we are all healthy and that's what is important. It's devastating to see how some people have been affected, so us not being able to play shows is minor compared to the struggle some people are going through. Our thoughts go out to all those impacted by this virus, it is heartbreaking. Now, more than ever, we need to come together and support each other as a society.
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