Kings Ransome

Kings Ransome

Greenville, South Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019

Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Established on Jan, 2019
Band Rock Southern Rock




"Kings Ransome: "Solo""

Brace yourselves for a rock track that will make you drool for, Gas Maskers! Kings Ransome has a solid vibe that is uniquely concocted. Their new release titled, “Solo” is a strong rock soundscape with vocals that are on point and pop-esque. We love how the song continues to build on the foundation and grows into a monster of a beast! BUT our favorite part you ask? The guitar solo speaks volumes. It’s clean, tricky, and perfect and [sic] every way possible. The track holds so much weight, you don’t even know it lingers on for almost five minutes. Now THAT’S some musicality! Listen below, Gas Maskers. - Gas Mask Magazine

"FIVE // Odie Ray : LUC : Marco DeLiso : Martin Leary : Kings Ransome"

Kings Ransome’s manifesto for their music is: “To bring back the long-lost spirit of a genre that has become watered down by the mainstream… deliver a lively show with vibrant music that is light on fluff, heavy on grit, and sure to catch your ear.” That’s a tall order. But with ‘All Tied Up’, we get a sense that they are deadly serious about that, and there shouldn’t be anyone in the way. With vibes and style that is reminiscent of bands like Mr. Big, Steve Vai, and Skid Row, the fresh ecstasy comes easily and in ample flows. The exciting live band comes fully equipped with talents, Porter Dowdy, Trey Duncan, Davis Huggins, Matt Malphrus, and Leo Santana. Rock on. - comeherefloyd

"Upstate musicians band together to help the Julie Valentine Center"

"[T]he headliner King’s Ransome is super talented; they’re probably one of the more professional high-end bands in the local scene.” -[Nate Cure, Heart Bash Event Coordinator.] - Greenville Journal

"Kings Ransome - Solo"

"Taken from the upcoming EP ‘Tales’, the new release of Kings Ransome fills your heart with rockin’ melancholy.

The track starts with a crystalline guitar backing and those passionate vocals, slowly emerging as an hard hitting rock track that manages to both deliver the message and rock the dust off your speakers. The track takes its time, it’s a slow ballad with a full guitar backing theme and a slow rock groove, but the impact of those vocals is plain awesome. Those feel somewhat desperate, telling the story about heartbreak in an intense way while being backed by the music which seems constantly ‘in motion’.

With several effect tracks added, plus those oh-so-sweet guitar solos happening, the track feels like every thought that’s wandering in your mind just comes crashing down on you. Ever felt heartbroken in a way it feels like it is hurting physically? This track, guys, pictures the feel perfectly. The atmosphere is part mystical, part lost, part unknown, desperate, uplifting yet crueling hurting… I can hear and feel every emotion in “Solo”. This track is a shining example of why music is awesome." - KMS Reviews


Single- No Time for Wastin' (May 2019)

EP- Heads (August 2019)

Single- All Tied Up (December 2019)

Single- Solo (December 2019)

EP- Tales (February 2020)



Kings Ransome started years ago as Vannare when future rock icon Porter Dowdy realized his dream of holding a guitar every day for the rest of his life. He teamed up with longtime friend, shampoo model candidate, and bassist Davis Huggins to do this band thing. Funk/fusion drummer Matt Malphrus joined the gang with a charming smile and a chip on his shoulder. Not long after - enter guitarist Leo Santana. With hair that contains more rock'n'roll than most people have in their whole body, Leo upped the band's sound and image. The guys created a kickin' EP, but the singer quit during recording. Luckily Porter knew a guy. Trey Duncan had quit his job and was trying to pay the bills as a solo artist. Porter called him the day he told his girlfriend he needed a band to boss around, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The guys chose the name Kings Ransome and started planning their rock'n'roll takeover. They recorded two EPs and plan to rock stages from SC to L.A. to Tokyo to Berlin. The band prides themselves on always having the best hair in the room and creating a modern sound with vintage appeal. Kings Ransome is for the girl who sits in class with her earbuds, for the dad who could never see a concert when he was a kid, for the guy who lives for live music at his favorite bar, for the rockstar reminiscing about his early days of sleeping in his truck. KR calls on the past, reaches to the future, and delivers a kickass show right now. Kings Ransome is your band.

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