The King In Mirrors are proof that if you stick to your guns, the cyclical nature of music eventually puts you right where you need to be. Formed around the songwriting of Richard May and heavily influenced by a host of post-punk and C86 bands, the songs seem to be as heavy in nostalgic sound as they are in contemporary style and it’s this combination that makes the band so relevant.
Whereas there are a whole wave of young bands who are clearly influenced by bands such as Joy Division, The Cure, Echo and The Bunnymen and a host of bands that they have found in their parents record collection, The King in Mirrors bought these records first time round and have been influenced through out their various musical paths ever since. You could argue that in the case of great music it doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you get there, but as Buddha himself said “it’s better to travel well, than to arrive” and he had an amazing record collection so he should know. In short, this is a band that have travelled with this music rather than stumbled upon it for fashion or effect.
The band were all set to have their first single released by underground Minnesota label Manic Pop! Records until the label folded without warning, but undeterred the 4 track e.p. Rolling in The Sun is available as a self-financed product and what a glorious slice of underground pop it is too. The title track alone would be a chart contender if the mainstream wasn’t a place of cheesy dance routines and disposable gimmick-pop-dross, all upbeat summer vibes, ear-worm riffs and, wait for it…trumpets!
If you thought great pop music was dead, if you remember Postcard or Sarah Records or if you just want to support a great local band making great music, catch one of their shows and make sure you buy the CD.