KING MOB are the hottest gun-slinging rock’n’roll machine out there right now. Their debut album features an all-star cast including Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, the Pretenders Martin Chambers, guitar legend Chris Spedding, former Sharks frontman Snips and hot new guitar player, Sixteen! King Mob’s debut album is out now on SPV, and they play their Vive Le Rock sponsored show at O2 Islington Academy on We March 28th with a host of all star guests – we asked Snips for a word!
How did King Mob come together?
"After composing and producing instrumental music for 30 years, I suddenly felt the urge to sing in a beat group again."
Were you looking for such an all-star band?
"All-Star meaning everyone in it is a star. In the world of King Mob, reputations are just dust in the fire."
Sixteen is a real talent.
"Sixteen was our second choice after Jimmy Page, but we did ok finding him. The fact that he is young and good looking is just something we have to live with."
King Mob’s rock’n’roll sound is a real up to date twist of a classic genre. Is that what you were aiming for?
"Everything is FRESH if you love it, and the Twist is still my favourite dance."
What have you got planned for the London O2 academy show – and what special guests will be coming along?
"It’s a feast of guitars. We are extending some of the songs from FORCE 9 to incorporate the guests. Phil Manzanera will sail on China Waters, Wilko Johnson will be a Lover Of High Renown, and Mick Ralphs will have an extended conversation with King Mob. Glen can sing and play whatever he chooses to! We will also feature four new songs which we have recorded for our second album."
Stephen W Parsons (vocals) • Chris Spedding (guitar) • Sixteen (guitar) • Toshi Ogawa (bass) • Martin Chambers (drums)
VIVE LE ROCK PRESENTS
LONDON’S O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
with special guests including:
PHIL MANZANERA • GLEN MATLOCK • WILKO JOHNSON • MICK RALPHS
WEDNESDAY 28TH MARCH 2012
“…exotic tremolo guitars shimmer while echo-drenched vocals wrap themselves seductively around some 21st century boogie beats – and it rocks like a bastard. Can’t wait to see them live.” (Classic Rock)
“Think The Godfathers clashing with a slicker Alabama 3” (MOJO)
“…sounds so brilliantly fresh it’s one of the best things I’ve heard this year.” (Big Cheese)
As a new year dawns, KING MOB are looking forward to working hard on the live circuit, with dates already scheduled for the UK and the rest of Europe and summer festival dates in the offing. Many more dates are still to be officially announced but KING MOB will play London’s O2 Academy Islington on 28th March with some very special guests including Phil Manzanera, Glen Matlock, Wilko Johnson and Mick Ralphs.
At the end of last year brand new English beat combo, KING MOB released their stunning debut album Force 9.
KING MOB began life when vocalist Stephen W Parsons approached his old friend and ex-Sharks colleague Chris Spedding with the idea of forming a new band. Following a highly successful film and advertising career, Stephen had taken time out for a while and found himself DJ-ing at The Axe club on Hackney Road. Every Friday and Saturday night from midnight until 6am, the joint jumped to Stephen’s old school music in the form of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Ike & Tina et al. Realising that these pre-1977 sounds were going down a storm with the younger crowd, Stephen’s passion for the sheer excitement and energy of R&B was re-ignited and happily Chris Spedding agreed to come on board to form a new combo of talented like-minded musicians from either side of the generation gap.
“King Mob came to rock the joint and raise the dead. We will continue to do so in 2012” (Stephen W Parsons)
KING MOB + special guests
VENUE: LONDON’S O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
DATE: WEDNESDAY 28TH MARCH
TIME: 7PM (DOORS)
BOX OFFICE: www.ticketweb.co.uk
NEAREST TRANSPORT: NORTHERN LINE TO ANGEL
FORCE 9 out now on SPV/STEAMHAMMER