13:03 Tuesday 22 January 2013

UK is Forever for kings of Florida


FLORIDA quartet We The Kings are back in the UK next week after making quite an impression on their previous visit.

After supporting Simple Plan last summer the band will be back in town for the UK is Forever tour.

The run of dates, including a stop-off in Birmingham, coincides with the release of the bands Friday is Forever EP.

Their yearning, summery power-pop is the perfect antidote to the freezing UK winter.

Frontman Travis Clark told the Mail they are looking forward to getting back to see their growing UK fanbase – despite the weather.

He said: “It’s always rainy and everyone is always ready to party in the UK!

“Sometimes they party too hard for us but we try to keep up. I wish we toured in the UK more often.

“The crowds overseas are always more energetic and fun.

“They don’t get to see us as much as fans from the States, so they make sure that they don’t miss the show and they also make sure that it’s a party.”

The EP is by no means a chance for the band to get some experimentation out of the system before the next album.

It continues the UK push of last year’s third album Sunshine State Of Mind and is led by one of the record’s highlights Friday Is Forever, as well as live favourite Check Yes Juliet and three acoustic songs previously unreleased in the UK.

“It’s a little bit of the same We The Kings music that you would expect and a little bit of a new style,” Clark said.

2012 was a major year for We The Kings with their third record debuting at number three on the US iTunes album chart and with them performing some of the biggest gigs of their career.

Clark said touring with idols Simple Plan was a big highlight but he had no doubt what he will most treasure when he looks back at the last 12 months.

“Getting to headline the Warped Tour,” he said.

“It was such a huge tour that we always dreamed of playing so when they asked us to headline we were so stoked to say yes.”

We The Kings, like many of their rock contemporaries, are a hard-working band which means plenty of touring across the world.

Despite that, Clark says the band are keen to get back to the studio some time this year to complete their fourth record, with being on the road giving Clark much inspiration for new material.

He said: “Since we’ve been touring so much it actually has started to feel like home.

“I used to write all of our music at my home in Florida – now I write the music at my home on the road.

“We’ve been in the studio for the last few months recording more music that we hope to release later on this year.

“Some of these songs are the best we’ve ever done, so we are very excited about showing the world – as well as do a whole lot more touring.”

We The Kings perform at the Birmingham O2 Academy 2 on Tuesday.

See the venue for ticket details.


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