To The Fire

by Kingsley Flood

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Kingsley Flood's latest EP 'To The Fire' was released on Jan. 13, 2015.

For ‘To The Fire,’ the band partnered with producer Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, The Pixies, Speedy Ortiz) and crystallized the musical traits that help it stand out: the horn/violin combination that alternates between epic orchestral sweep and lush, low-key ambience, electric guitars that move from melodic arpeggios to howling feedback, an ever-expanding palette of keyboard textures and a versatile rhythm section, all topped off by singer/songwriter Naseem Khuri’s raspy, desperate lead vocals.

On 'To The Fire,' Khuri turns the focus inward, shifting from the chronicles of failed American dreams depicted on previous release (and Boston Music Awards Album of the Year) 'Battles,' to his own struggle as a wanna-be do-gooder struggling to change the world around him. Shaped by his Palestinian-American heritage and his hard-working immigrant parents, he spent his twenties working for organizations focused on conflict and inequality, in the Middle East and in his own backyard. The songs showcase both biting ambition and a reckoning that change is hard to come by.

'To The Fire' begins to explore that evolution. “All In All” sets a danceable beat to the voice of political leaders in Khuri’s adopted home of Washington who leave their own behind on the way up. “Set Me Off” may be the hardest-rocking Kingsley Flood song to date and one of its catchiest. The leftfield Ellie Goulding cover “Anything Could Happen” is reinvented as an indie rock song with hints of desperation. The Beatles-influenced “Thick of It” reality-checks that burning desire to change the world. The piano-based “Cavalry” fights complacency with the need to feel alive with Randy Newman-esque detail.

But like everything from Kingsley Flood, it’s the energy, dynamics, and musicianship that give life to Khuri’s reflections. From intricate arrangements and inspired lyricism to flashes of punk, the band behind 'To The Fire' still delivers an experience that Paste Magazine said “is rapidly making an impression nationally [with its] rowdy on-stage anthems."

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released 13 January 2015

Produced by Paul Q. Kolderie
All songs written by Naseem Khuri (SESAC) except #4, written by Elena Jane Goulding and James Christopher Eliot and published by Downtown DMP Songs (BMI).

© 2015 Kingsley Flood. All Rights Reserved.

Recorded at 1867 Recording Studio, Chelsea, MA
Assistant engineer: Chris McLaughlin
Assistant engineer: James Bridges

Mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie
Mastered by Ian Kennedy at New Alliance East
Mastering, Cambridge, MA

Artwork by Andrew Fish

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Kingsley Flood Boston, Massachusetts

With features in NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, Boston and Washington, DC sextet Kingsley Flood straddles the line between high energy indie rock and introspective folk.

With its "signature high energy" (Rolling Stone), the band has played the main stage at the Newport Folk Fest and has been dubbed "Boston's best live band" (Boston Herald).
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