With a sound grounded firmly in the heavier end of alternative rock, The Fu King’s musical tendrils skirt the edges of intelligent metal while brushing up against something both psychedelic and organically mathematic.
While not unheralded in rock music, the band constituents are a little unusual, with dedicated vocalist Sam McKean fronting the three piece band formed by Dan Cox on guitar, Liam McDonnell-Edmunds on bass and Dan Trainor on drums. As a unit they can be an ominous prospect, but more often than not the experience garnered from seeing The Fu King perform is one of a joyous abandon.
Since forming in late 2011, the main focus has been on the solidifying the live performance. And a formidable experience it is, gaining a solid enough reputation to play Rhythm & Vines in 2013, support such heavyweights as Blacklistt and the monstrous Beastwars, and claim the top prize in the Battle of the Bands 2013 National Championship. Since surpassing that particular milestone, the band’s focus has been on capturing some of their ethereal mass in recorded form, and work on the debut album is progressing.
Recording has taken place at New Zealand’s world class, premier recording facility York Street Studio’s with producer Hayden Taylor who has worked with artists such as Blacklistt, Beastwars, Cairo Knife Fight and Kerretta. The Fu King’s debut release is the single “Whatungarongaro Te Tangata Toitū Te Whenua”, a worthy statement of intent whose layers point in a myriad of possible future directions.
“…a very slick, polished and original take on heavy music.” – dunedinmusic.com
“…the saliva inducing grooves hit you like a smashing sound wave of flying crane kicks…” – Bollox Magazine
The Fu King is: Sam McKean – Vocals / Liam McDonnell-Edmunds – Bass / Dan Cox – Guitar / Dan Trainor – Drums
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