Kings & Bears are a power trio hailing from Lincolnshire who are mainly, but not exclusively, inspired by rock, soul, funk and reggae.
The members came together in November 2015, a formation which was a long time coming as singer/guitarist James Bastow had been attempting to form a trio with Tom Waite (drums) and Adam Dawson (bass guitar) after seeing them play together in their former band. On the formation James says:
“I knew that our different characters, abilities and interests would make for a powerful combination and from the first time I saw the guys play I knew I wanted to get this project together. Until now we’ve been musicians that pass in the night, as it were, but it always felt like something that was going to happen.”
Since forming the band have released their first five track E.P and recorded a live session for BBC Introducing which received over 9,500 views. The band have also received airplay on BBC Radio 1 on Huw Stephens show and on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Lincs FM and Endeavour FM. By those who have seen them they have developed a reputation as a live band to be seen. Fans of bands such as Alabama Shakes, Biffy Clyro, Incubus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will enjoy the band’s approach to catchy, melody focused music with an emphasis on strong grooves, strong dynamics and with an eclectic collection of musical influences.
“A small band with a big sound, when you discover K&B are a three-piece they’re all the more impressive. It’s clear K&B are inspired by the musical greats but the sounds produced are exciting and modern; they take us back to when each member of a band was a super talented integral part. The assured singing, catchy bass lines and drum riffs all blend together to form the best band I’ve ever heard to come out of Boston”. – Dylan Taylor, Endeavour FM