KINGS OF SPADE are a high-energy, shameless dancing, foot-stomping brand of Blues Rock’N’Roll. Fronting Kings of Spade is floorescent-mohawked, KC, who’s fiery vocals recall a hybrid of soul queens Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin. Always wanting to push the bar at live shows KOS is in constant collaboration with other performers including dancers and niche visual artists. They won 1st Place in the 2014 & 2015 Honolulu Pulse Awards “Best Local Rock Band” category, but have always set their sights on National touring.
With music conceived in their hometown in Honolulu, Hawaii, KOS jumped at the opportunity to record in Nashville, TN with 2016 Grammy-winning producer, Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Rival Sons). With the help of a successfully over-funded Kickstarter project to raise funds to record with Cobb, KOS finished their 2nd self-titled album which has since been nominated for a 2015 Hoku award for Best Rock Album. They finished their 8th US mainland tour with several West Coast dates in March 2016 including a landmark showcase at LA’s Whisky-A-Go-Go. In March 2017 KOS played the iconic Willie K Blues Festival in Lahaina, Maui. In the summer of June 2017 KOS embarked on their very first European tour as openers for Prog-Rock legends KINGS X. Champions of the LGBTQ community they are very proud of being invited to perform at both Honolulu Pride Festival and the Lavender Ball benefit for queer youth this year.
The KINGS are no strangers to big audiences. Their energetic live show beat out 50 other competing bands to win the opening slot for Bon Jovi’s Circle Tour and has also landed them as the openers for other world-famous acts like King’s X, The Struts, Deftones, Everclear, Pepper, and Mutemath. Their song “Boys In The Band” is featured on the film soundtrack for the Warner Brothers released Utopian Society.
KC – vox
Jesse Savio – guitar
Matt Kato – drums
Tim Corker – bass
“One of Oahu’s hottest Rock bands…” ~ Jon Woodhouse, Maui News
“Kings Of Spade ROCKED the Festival of Lights!” ~ Paty Elias, LA.com
“Kings of Spade came out very energetic; fronted by the powerful vocals of KC, the band came to kick some ass. The band’s performance was a demonstration of what has made them a band on the rise.” ~ George Archibald – EmpireExtreme.com (Cleveland)
“Playing classy, soulful hard rock with a relentlessly funky groove topped by KC’s powerhouse vocals, which are very much in the Janis Joplin/Aretha Franklin arena… they waste no time in winning over the audience.” ~ Robin Askew – Bristol247.com (Bristol, UK)
“Kings of Spade blew everyone away! ….While KC looked like she could knock your teeth out, instead she blew your socks off and was capable of summoning both the soft voice of an angel and the most heart wrenching, Blues-soaked screams you will hear.” ~ www.rocktopia.co.uk (London, UK)
“A synergistic and explosively charismatic group of performers.” ~ Tracy Chan, Nonstophonolulu.com
“Holy fuck balls!” ~ Scott Johnson on the new album, Dogtowne Design
Genre: Alternative Rock / Garage Rock / Blues Rock
For Fans Of: Rival Sons, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Black Keys, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin