KinStrife
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KinStrife

Hereford, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2020

Hereford, United Kingdom
Established on Jan, 2020
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KinStrife started in 2013 and was the brainchild of founding members Alan Kaye and Dave Richards. The band’s style has been influenced heavily by the golden age of rock music from the 80’s through to the modern day. This shows in their unapologetic style of rock that pulls from different bands that inspired them. The current line up is Alan Kaye on lead and rhythm guitar, Dave Richards on bass guitar, Mike Hoskins on vocals and rhythm guitar and Simon Richards (no relation to Dave) on drums.Alan had always been a massive rock music fan and had grown up listening to bands like Ozzy, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Skid Row, Megadeth and others. Although always loving rock music, he soon grew tired of just listening to the music and wanted to start playing it. Like most lovers of rock music, Alan’s weapon of choice when it came to learning to play was to pick up a guitar (but we won’t discriminate against him for not learning a proper instrument like drums!!!!!!). Alan was pretty much self taught and soon found his way around the guitar. Learning covers of his favorite artists was the starting point of his love for the guitar and this meant that he could finally go out and play the music he loved in a band. Alan played in a few local bands, but he always wanted to play his own music in an original rock band. After cutting his teeth on the local band scene, Alan was able to get together a group of like minded guy’s who were looking to do the same thing and so KinStrife was formed. Dave Richards on bass guitar and Mike Hoskins on vocals joined Alan and soon through a mutual love of rock music, the guys began to put together their own songs as well as playing a good range of covers. They were joined by different members over the next few years, culminating in the current line up.Dave, as well as being one of the founding members of KinStrife, had always had a passion for music and his brilliant knack for fitting the right bass riffs and superb timing could not fail to impress when playing the original material. His total commitment to the band and each song he contributes to is second to none. As part of the rhythm section along with Simon Richards (no relation and more on him later), he is a driving force for the feel of the original songs. Although the oldest member (most mature???) member of the band, his energy and passion rivals that of any other of the guy’s. To top it all off, he is an all round great guy as well.Mike Hoskins is the man with the writing and singing duties in the band. All of the lyrics are written by him, and believe you me, some of the riff’s Alan gives him to put words to is some task! Mike is a multi talented musician who, as well as writing the songs, can play guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, percussion and many other instruments. Mike’s creativity when it comes to writing songs is immense. He is a talented songwriter on his own, having written a massive back catalogue of his own music, lots of which he loves to play acoustically. His style is truly unique and as soon as he starts to sing, you know this guy means business. Mike has a true passion for writing, and once given something to put words to he can pull lyrics and a tune you would not believe from out of nowhere to accompany the music.Finally, the new kid on the block is Simon Richards on drums. Simon joined KinStrife in 2017 when their current drummer left to work on other projects. Simon knew Alan as they both attended the same college after school, but fell out of touch. A chance encounter years later reunited the pair. Simon was unaware that Alan had learnt the guitar much less that he was in a band and writing his own songs. After going along to listen to KinStrife at a couple of local gigs, Alan contacted Simon to see if he wanted to come along to a practice and instantly fitted in with the guy’s. Simon brings the seamlessly sturdy rock power to every song, bringing new ideas to the table in ways of musicality, phrasing and song writing (and he makes the best coffee!). From toms to cow bell, cymbals to snare drum, Simon adds the final piece to the bands style. The rest is history and Simon has been with the guy’s since.Looking to the future, KinStrife have been busy writing more music and have an album due for release soon. All members are immensely proud of this as it has been a long journey for them. Now with this line up, there will be no stopping KinStrife as there is one album nearly done and they are already working on a second one. With all this going on the future of KinStrife will be an exciting one and they want you all to come along with them!

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