I've known about King Charles for a good couple of years now - ever since 'Love Lust' went massive in the blogosphere, and since then I've been eager to hear exactly what a full album of Charles' work would sound like. With LoveBlood being released just a couple of weeks ago, I was surprised to see just how far tracks had developed since the demos that I'd heard all over the Internet previously - it's a considered body of work, and one that I hope he's very proud of.
The venue that King Charles is playing in tonight is the typical indie club venue - the perfect setting for a gig like this. I arrive at the venue just as the support band are clearing away, with 20 minutes to spare before King Charles is set to take to the stage. Being that the venue was not particularly wide, and knowing that I had a need to take photos, I managed to get into a prime position - sitting on the side of the stage, below the speakers. I've always wanted to shoot from side of stage, so I thought that this venue would give me the perfect opportunity to get some interesting shots.
Coming on stage bang on time, Charles and his band launched straight into 'Mr Flick' (a song that doesn't feature on the debut record), the crowd seem up from it from the second they play the first note. However, the atmosphere changed somewhat instantly as second song 'Bam Bam' began, cueing a huge number of the students packed into the front few rows to start pogoing and shouting the words straight into Charles' face.
From then on, King Charles showcases most of the tracks from the debut album, with 'Love Lust', 'The Brightest Lights' and 'Wilde Love' proving as the ultimate high points of the show (not that there were any low points). With an impressive cover of 'We Didn't Start The Fire' closing the set as well, Charles and his band made sure fans considered it as a night to remember.
It's easy to see that King Charles has definitely made an impact on many of the fans who have made the decision to see the band live. Playing gigs with more effort than some bands I've seen in venues ten times the size, and that's quite an achievement. Charles hung from the lighting gantry, practically crowdsurfed over the first few rows, as well as stood on the barrier for an entire song - and that's a kind of energy you don't find that often in a live show.
The full setlist:
The Brightest Lights
Love Is The Cure
We Didn't Start The Fire
Click here to see all of the photos from the gig as well!