Having formed Kingdom of Crows as a one man acoustic project in 2011, Stephen Kelly invited two guests, Bob Power and Brian Brennan to record a demo with him in the studio in 2012. Due to the unique sound this resulted in, Kingdom of Crows played some Dublin based shows as a three-piece acoustic act in late 2012.
Soon after this, Stephen started work on what would be the first track for his debut album. Stephen commented: “It was a humble three guitar piece named Call of the Void, it was suggested that I continue building the song, adding vocals, drums and bass to it”. Enter Lucy Early vocalist and lyrics writer (formerly with Factions) and guests bassist Robert Stanley (The Very Special/The Outsiders) and drummer Ken Mcgrath (The Very Special/The Outsiders).
Stephen notes: “Our sound grew and grew but we still maintained our acoustic roots and style. Eight new songs were written on top of Call of the Void, some including guests like the talented international violinist Nuria Garcia Salas of Catalunya and Ireland’s own Jonathan Yeates (Mr Blueface), who also produced our debut album The Truth is the Trip in his studio The Casualty Factory.”
In early 2014, now with nine new songs ready to go and the addition of two popular songs from their 2012 demo,these are Dreamless Sleep and Elizabeth which have been revamped in the new Kingdom of Crows sound, the band were ready to start recording their debut album.
However the process was brought to all but a complete halt after guitar/keys player and main songwriter for the group Stephen Kelly suffered serious injury in a motorbike accident. Through his love of music and sheer determination Stephen vowed “after nurturing the songs for so long nothing was going to stop this album being completed” and after six months of recovery Stephen returned to complete the project.
They chose the title of their debut album, due for release later this year as The Truth Is The Trip. Remarking on the influences for the album and title, Stephen said: “The title of the album has great relevance throughout the record and also in what was going on in the world at the time of recording. What really goes on in the world won’t be seen on mainstream news and when we open our eyes and realise the truth of what is actually transpiring, that is surely a trip”.
Stephen adds: “Our goal has always been to harness all of our influences into our music, be it from Luke Kelly to Bob Marley or Black Sabbath to opera, we don’t want to limit ourselves to one genre or style and we hope people can hear and feel that when listening to the album”. With that in mind, take a listen to some of the bands edgy and thought provoking music, which we feel would suit many movie and TV scores well: http://www.breakingtunes.com/kingdomofcrows