Kings & Queens

Kings & Queens

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Organ driven psychedelic drone pop with harmonies.

Biography

Kings & Queens is a psychedelic space-pop 4 piece from Nevada City, CA. Singer & guitarist Rich Good is a Brit who arrived in California 7 years ago and co-founded San Francisco indie darlings 'The Pleased' with Noah Georgeson and Joanna Newsom. In 2005 when the Pleased went their separate ways, Rich retreated to his Nevada City home and reopened the songbook. A year in the Sierra Nevada and down in the dry California desert yielded a new batch of music, and 14 songs were recorded in late 2005. Of those tracks, 7 were self-released as an EP in 2006. These Kings & Queens recordings consist of the music and playing of Rich Good and assisted by Andrea Good, Lee Bob Watson, Neal Morgan, Pete Newsom, Emily Newsom and Dana Gumbiner. A solid band formed for live performances that features Rich, Andrea, David Torch, and Jonathan Hischke.

The music is darkly psychedelic (sparkling with tints of Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac, Gary Numan and Nick Drake); delayed guitars and analogue organs twist and grind while harmony vocals soar above a relentless rhythm section. This stuff gets under your skin.

In late 2006 Kings & Queens also recorded a new track for the Grass Roots Record Co compilation: Family Album. In 2007 Kings & Queens re-entered the studio to record new songs written with the live-lineup. These now complete the debut album material. Release options for the record are being worked out currently. Some of these tracks will be released in November 2007 as part of the brand new online label; RCRD-LBL - co-ordinated and curated by Downtown Records.

Lyrics

Like a Warning

Written By: Richard Good

So in the morning
I’m tired and I never want to leave
Dream of a dawning
We’re sentenced but we’re hidden in the trees

Now while we’re falling
Count the peoples faces one by one
Seems like a warning
Clouds will gather blocking out the sun

Its so easy when the choice is made
Its so easy when you look the other way

So in the evening
I’ll tell you what I mean in black and white
Echoes in the hallway
Drag your sorry state in to the light

So in the morning
I’m tired and I never want to leave
Dream of a dawning
We’re sentenced but we’re hidden in the trees

What's In Mind

Written By: Rich Good

What's in Mind

Now when we fall apart
will you put it back one more time?

How can you dream all day
will you let your dream get away?

Can you tell me now
what's in mind?

So now its no surprise
you can't make it up one more time

Home in the morning light
does it make you sick? love so bright

does it make you sick;
what's in mind?

King's Theme (National Divide)

Written By: Rich Good

You should be drying up but, no way
You should've made it up how some say
you're breaking all those rules, now slow down
You lost it early on, now found out

There’s winter in the air so breathe down
You haven’t heard the news but it’s all round
Your mouth is spitting words you can’t believe
And now you flicker in to lie for me

Kings and queens burn secrets in between
Pictures change but nothing’s what it seems

You should be fading out but no way
you should be feeling love not lonely

Kings and queens burn secrets in between
Pictures change but nothing’s what it seems, and now
It doesn't matter what; you take it home
Kings and queens have left you all alone

Discography

Kings & Queens EP - May 2006
Family Album (Grass Roots Record Co.) Compilation
Kings & Queens EP2 - July 2007
RCRD-LBL (online) - 4 Tracks November 2007

Set List

40 mins:
What's in Mind
A Heart's Ease
Confessed Again
Slow Motion
Heads or Tails
In the Morning
Sign of Life
Kings Theme