EP RELEASE: King Nun – ‘I Have Love’

WORDS BY MARIA PASSINGHAM

How King Nun haven’t become the nation’s indie sweethearts yet is a crying shame. Debut EP ‘I Have Love’ (out now on Dirty Hit) makes me want to scale the nearest building and shout their name from the rooftops. “People of the England, you’re living in darkness if you’ve not listened to King Nun yet!”.

Actually it might have been helpful had I publicly proclaimed my love for the London four-piece a month ago, then perhaps more than a handful of new music fans may have shown up to the band’s first ever headline show, at Jimmy’s in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Kudos to the band though, they put on a proper energetic show for the loyal followers, and at least one day I’ll be able to say smugly that I was in the limited audience at that landmark gig. ‘I Have Love’ follows a number of memorable singles over the past couple of years (since signing to Dirty Hit, home of acts like Wolf Alice and Superfood) and each of its five tracks are perfectly formed indie anthems.

Opener ‘Heavenly She Comes’ kicks down your front door with a riot of distortion, while ‘Family Portrait’ shows a little more vulnerability with  a rawer vocal track and cleaner guitar sound, impressing Jack Saunders of Radio 1’s Indie Show who made the song his Tune Of The Week not too long ago. ‘Chinese Medicine’ seems destined for continuous airtime too with one of the catchiest choruses this year.

The EP recalls a range of sounds from the formative indie from my youth – The Pigeon Detectives, Good Shoes, Dirty Pretty Things – and yet somehow avoids transporting me back to my cringe-laden teenage years – a feat worthy of celebration in itself, and produces an energetic noise that would be equally at home in a dingy bar backroom and a huge concert hall.

A band that can’t seem to sit still –four singles, an EP, and their first headline tour in 2018 alone – it seems likely they’ll hit the road again soon, and **think of this as my metaphorical drain-pipe climb** you must get yourself a ticket. Get to the front of the crowd while you still can, because if ‘I Have Love’ is any indication of their talent, it’s not long until King Nun make it to the bigtime.

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