Ireland’s most exciting emerging pop-punk band CROWN THE KING are back with new sing-along ballad ‘Reel To Reel’.
The track, which was written and recorded with producer Stephen Youster, tells the story of a friend who is dealing with emotional turmoil but is attempting to carry on as if everything is okay. As the mask slips, vocalist Daniel Gannon asks the protagonist to “Tell me how you really feel”.
“The recording process for ‘Reel To Reel’ was entirely different from every track we’ve done so far.” says drummer Jamie Doran. “We recorded in Clomantagh Castle, a 15th century castle in County Kilkenny and the space was so unique that we literally had to stomp around shouting to find the spot with the best acoustics for each part of the recording process. For drums, we ended up in a tiny landing at the top of the stairs and with a sound so loud that we used a microphone on the floor below. There was a winding stone stairway that offered some of the best natural distortion and reverb on a snare I’ve ever heard. It was a rewarding experiment in sound.”
Ireland’s most exciting emerging pop-punk band CROWN THE KING’s debut EP ‘Groundhog Day’ is out now alongside a music video for track ‘I Miss You (But I Don’t Feel Bad)’, produced by the band’s very own guitarist Seán Hodson.
Talking about the music video for the fourth and final track from the EP, Seán says, “Going into this one I really wanted to write something fast and frantic. The lyrics for the chorus came from something that Jamie had written that had been floating around for a while that I kind of took and flipped on its head, turning something that was originally sentimental into a break-up anthem!”
Singer Daniel Gannon adds, “I think a lot of people will relate to this track because a lot of us have had those people in our lives who you miss being with but you would never go back to. I suppose you miss the time but not the person, and sometimes you learn that the hard way!”
The music video for ‘I Miss You (But I Don’t Feel Bad)’ was filmed on the same day as the music videos for ‘Running On Empty’ and ‘Groundhog Day’, when the band could finally get together between lockdowns. The band went into the shoot knowing they only had seven hours to power through three music videos.
On reflection of the shoot, Seán explains, “I think that’s something that we learned from starting all this during the pandemic and going in and out of lockdown, is to make the most of every minute you have together because you never know when you’ll actually be able to be in the same room as each other again!”
Crown The King’s highly anticipated 4-track debut EP ‘Groundhog Day’ is out now, and the band follow it up by playing their first ever live show on 11th February at Whelan’s, Dublin to a sold out crowd.
Check out the video for ‘I Miss You (But I Don’t Feel Bad’)’ below.
Ireland’s most exciting emerging pop-punk band CROWN THE KING have released the title-track from their upcoming debut EP ‘Groundhog Day‘ (out 2nd February). The accompanying music video sees the band stuck in their very own Groundhog Day.
“The track is really about feeling stuck. I think everyone has had that feeling at some point where you think there’s no viable way forward and you don’t want to take a step backwards. There’s always an expectation to be hitting certain arbitrary life goals, sometimes from others, sometimes self-imposed, but it can be quite debilitating and I really wanted to capture the frustration in that.” explains guitarist Seán.
“Over the past year or so, a lot of people have gotten into routines of doing the same thing over and over again, which I guess some people do enjoy, but it’s not for me, so I really relate to this track.” adds vocalist Dan Gannon.
Crown The King’s highly anticipated 4-track debut EP ‘Groundhog Day’ is set for release on 2nd February (pre-save here). Latest track ‘Groundhog Day’ is the third to be released fom the upcoming EP, following the release of ‘Melissa‘ and ‘Running On Empty’. The band also released a bonus track over the festive season; a pop-punk cover of fellow Irish boyband Westlife’s ‘When You’re Looking Like That’.
Irish pop-punk newcomers CROWN THE KING have released a cover of Westlife’s ‘When You’re Looking Like That’ as a gift to fans this festive season.
“Okay, so technically it’s not a Christmas song, but we did a cover of Westlife’s ‘When You’re Looking Like That’ for TikTok earlier in the year and people got really into it. I had written a full arrangement even though we only needed a chorus for the TikTok and it was just too good not to release in full,” says guitarist Seán Hodson. “As a fellow Irish boyband it seems fitting that we would pay homage to the lads and since Christmas is coming up it’ll be much easier to tell my extended family that I’m in a Westlife tribute act than it would be trying to explain to them what pop punk is,” he adds.
“The first album I ever got for Christmas when I was a kid was Westlife’s ‘Coast to Coast’ and though my tastes (obviously!) changed over the years, ‘When You’re Looking Like That’ has always stuck out for me as a great song! For years I’ve wondered how it’d sound in a pop-punk setting – and thanks to Sean’s absolute wizardry, now we know! We are so happy with how it came out and hope you all enjoy it too,” says bassist Eanna Brown.
Ireland’s most exciting emerging pop-punk band CROWN THE KING have announced their debut EP ‘Groundhog Day’ – set to be released on 2nd February 2022 (Groundhog Day).
Guitarist Seán Hodson says of the new track, “The lyrics came about because I was looking back on old social media posts that I had made and it got me thinking about how far detached I feel from the person I was at the time. I began reflecting on that time in my life where I guess I felt pretty insecure. Social media had really messed with my self worth and I put so much effort into being who I thought other people wanted me to be to the point that I felt completely burnt out. I wrote this song as a reminder not to dwell on the past too much and to not let life pass you by while trying to convince everyone else that you’re having a good time.”
Vocalist Dan Gannon adds, “I think this song perfectly captures the reality for me and a lot of my friends in our early 20s. Feeling like you have to uphold your reputation and being afraid of being judged for not participating in something or skipping out on a night out with friends.”
The band’s anticipated debut EP ‘Groundhog Day’ is set for release on 2nd February (self-release). Bassist Eanna Brown says of the 4-track release, “It’s been great to see all the buzz and support around the band since we started and I’m really grateful to all our friends, family and fans for that. I don’t need to remind everyone of how weird the past two years have been for everyone, between the pandemic and other events happening. Working on ‘Groundhog Day’ really helped me through those tough times and gave me something to focus on. It’s a really special record to me and I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did making it.”
Up and coming Irish band Crown The King have dropped a new track, ‘Melissa’, along with an accompanying in-session video.
Daniel Gannon (Vocals) had this to say of the track.
“‘Melissa’ is about dependability. It follows the narrative of the character ‘Melissa’ but there’s a lot in the song that relates to me personally. At times I’ve been the person to reach out to those in tough places but I’ve also been lucky to have had people do the same for me.”
Starting the new year as they mean to go on, Irish pop punk newcomers CROWN THE KING have released effervescent new track ‘Fence’ featuring guest vocals from Lizzy Farrall, alongside a music video.
“The song is about a missed opportunity with someone. I was developing feelings when another person suddenly came into the picture.” says vocalist Daniel “Butch” Gannon.
“The original demo of the track was what actually convinced me to join the band, I really connected with it. Combine its catchiness with Lizzy killing it on guest vocals and you can see why it’s one of my favourite songs in our catalogue,” adds bassist Eanna Brown.
Crown The King came into existence when professional wrestling ring announcer Daniel “Butch” Gannon and guitarist Sean Hodson discovered a shared love of pop punk and began work on writing material. Sean soon drafted in his long time collaborator, guitarist Alan Shiels. From there, the band’s lineup was completed in 2019 by bassist Eanna Brown and drummer Jamie Doran.
After spending time refining their sound, the group entered the studio in January of 2020 to begin recording with producer Stephen Youster. However with the Covid-19 pandemic putting a halt to recording sessions and performances that the band had scheduled, things began to look uncertain…
Tired of waiting for “the right time” Crown The King began independently releasing their music online in July of 2020. Their debut single ‘Gone Too Fast‘ and follow up single ‘Honey‘ soon captured the attention of pop punk fans in Ireland and made the group one to watch.