The Rhondda Valleys lie in the heart of South Wales, and what was a former mining location has grown to become synonymous with soaring melodic rock music as Chicago has with the blues. These valleys are home to a hot bed of young talent where one band in particular, Peasant's King, have continued to fly the flag with their own breed of soulful rock with their stomping brand new single Give A Little Love.
The band will be playing Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach venue on October 6. Andy Howells recently spoke to Rhod from the band.
How did you come together as a band?
We all knew each other growing up, and some of us had been in other bands together before. It wasn't until a previous band with our bassis Lewys, singer Dan and Rhod (myself, guitarist) fell short of a couple of members that Peasant's King formed. Our drummer Harry and other guitarist Josh joined at that point and here we are today!
Where did you get your name from?
When choosing a name, we were looking for something that fits our heritage. The band name is something that represents us and that we’re stuck with for life, so we addressed it in the same way that someone would address getting a tattoo. We wanted something that represents where we are from and our culture so the name ‘Peasant’s King’ worked well, and it coincides with the history and landscape of Wales.
What’s been your best live experience?
A couple of summers ago we played Young People's Village at Builth Wells, it wasn't long before we were set to play Reading and Leeds festival. When we first got onstage, the tent was pretty empty, but we started playing and people just flooded in – which felt awesome! The atmosphere was electric and to this day it's probably the most excited crowd we've ever had. We absolutely loved that set.
Can You tell us about your new album?
It's something we've been working on for a long time now, probably about 2 years in all. It's a concept album that follows the life of a guy called David, which is based on the Grandfather of our singer Dan, who passed before he was born. It's been a great experience writing a story alongside the album and we can't wait to get it out for people to hear! It's been a long time coming.
Where can people see you live and what can they expect from your gig?
Our gigs are always listed on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Getting an audience involved and having energy on stage have always been hugely important factors to us when playing live. People can expect a lot of movement and a lot of fun! We like to make it an experience for everyone in the venue.
Where can people hear your music?
All our videos are on YouTube, just search for Peasant's King! Our two EPs are also on Spotify. We’ll also have David ready for you later this year!
What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
It's all Spotify on iPhone for us! We actually have a pre gig/on the road playlist that we put together for those long journeys on the road. It's a pretty eclectic mixture, but there's a lot of good old rock and roll for when the energy levels need a boost. AC/DC, Toto, Thin Lizzy etc.
- For more on Peasant's King visit peasantsking.com
- A version of this Q&A by Andy Howells was published in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on October 2, 2015