Indie-Americana trio William The Conqueror were captured live by Edyta K at The Borderline in London. They have recently announced the release of their debut album Proud Disturber Of The Peace via Loose on 4 August 2017.
They are joining a roster of esteemed label mates including Courtney Marie Andrews, Sturgill Simpson and The Handsome Family. Listen to their first single called In My Dreams.
Coming from the coast of Cornwall, multi-instrumentalists Ruarri Joseph, Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes channel classic blues and singer-songwriter influences through a grunge/indie filter drawing influences from bands and artists as diverse as The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads, the three piece have already made their mark across the pond in Nashville performing at the influential AmericanaFest which led to a nomination for best song at the UK Americana Awards and a chance to share the stage with the likes of Jools Holland and Van Morrison.
The debut album charges through ten raw tracks, asserting itself with opener In My Dreams, a song about destiny, disappointment and defiance; driving drums and heart racing bass setting the tone. Other standouts include the confessional Pedestals, the mysteriously triumphant Cold Ontario and epic future single Tend To The Thorns with its earworm guitar hooks, blistering drums and ethereal harmonies.
Sculpted off the radar with no-one to answer to but themselves the band ended up recording the album in Joseph’s garage (literally disturbing the peace) after plans to record it on the Isle of Lewis were hampered by a hurricane killing the power.
Undeterred and embracing the ethos of roots based producers such as Ethan Johns and Ryan Hewitt and with input from Slowdive’s Neil Halstead, they were adamant they wanted to keep the edges loose, opting for single live takes and avoiding excessive overdubs, focusing on the vibe. The results sing with the confident energy of a band comfortable in their own skin, striking a vein of creativity and running with it.
The band are playing several live dates and also guest slot dates with The Americans and Danny & The Champions Of The World. See more below.
03 – BRISTOL Old Duke
10 – CHESHAM Drawing Room
14 – LONDON Source @ Lock Tavern
30 – ST KEW St James Church
08 – ST AGNES Exit Kernow Festival
28 – PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL
29 – BUDE Leopalooza
30 – CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
02 – LONDON The Social
06 – BRISTOL Valley Fest
13 – NEWQUAY Boardmasters