I met California King back in 2008, when they were just out of the gate. They were, like a lot of bands just starting out, tentative in their performance. That said, they clearly had a lot of potential, which is why they made it onto the Boldaslove.us compilation album with their track “On Planet Earth,” which was taken from their debut album Adoration of the Boogie Bear.
Fast forward to 2010, and they’ve come a long way. You can hear it on their new album, La Belle Epoque. They’re still kicking out strong, well-written songs channeled through lead singer Mike Mills’ yearning vocals. What’s different now is the noticeable fire that propels their songs. And, on top of it all, it sounds like they’re having fun!
If you like what you hear, and you’re in NYC on Thursday, December 16, you can check out California King as they celebrate their new album release at the Afro-punk Christmas party by opening for the ever amazing Earl Greyhound.
Afro-Punk Xmas Party
Doors @ 8pm, show thereafter