RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM MASS, VIA DIRTY HIT
ALSO SHARE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘BUG’, WATCH HERE
“King Nun definitely scratch an itch.” – Rolling Stone
“…full tilt to its end” – Paste
“An impressive and noteworthy reckoning” – NME
“A sound to be reckoned with” – DIY (4/5)
“A slice of classic indie” – Dork (4/5)
“A bold statement of intent that is followed through to the letter” – Gigwise (9/10)
KING NUN have released their debut album MASS, listen here.
MASS is released through the iconic Dirty Hit, and has been a long time coming for the Wandsworth quartet, seeing them embrace darker sonic inspirations and cultish imagery for their first full length release.
The band have also shared the video for new single ‘Bug’, to tie in with the album release, watch here.
Speaking about the record, frontman Theo Polyzoides said: “We are deeply proud to bring you all our debut album. This thing is full of songs about becoming, songs about reminiscing, songs about making an album. It’s a tribute to teenage angst, to naivety, to our memories both melancholic and despairingly sad – to the need to step up to the plate.
“This is an exorcism – it’s a section of our lives on a plate, and I hope it can be whatever you need it to be.”
MORE INFO ON MASS
Dressed up in cultish imagery, complex lyricism and a mutating, tradition-be-damned approach to rock music’s typical sonic palette, King Nun’s long-awaited debut album ’Mass’ is a coming-of-age record like few others.
From the album title itself – a multi-faceted reference to coming-of-age as an almost cultish ceremony – to the warped melodies that drive tracks like ‘Low Flying Dandelion’, and heavenly-sounding closer (and ode to long-forgotten German folk singer Sibylle Baier) ‘A Giant Came Down’, ‘Mass’ refuses to remain in one sonic space. The result is a record which eschews conventional rock structures and sounds, in favour of something more ambitious and boundary-pushing, while never losing sight of King Nun’s brilliance as a live guitar band.
A record centred around both personal exorcisms and more universal lived experiences, King Nun’s debut is a lofty accomplishment from a group no longer content to simply kick up the dirt at their feet.
Mass is, without doubt, a record which finds King Nun stepping up to the plate. A confident, charismatic and complex debut LP, it proves the quartet are embracing their self-appointed role as rock music’s last great innovators.
1 – Mascara Runs
2 – Chinese Medicine
3 – Transformer
4 – Cowboy
5 – I Saw Blue
6 – Black Tree
7 – Low Flying Dandelion
8 – Sharing A Head With Seth
9 – Intravenous
10 – Bug
11 – A Giant Came Down
The album release comes in the wake of a huge summer for King Nun, including a recent support slot for Foo Fighters, and a wealth of raucous performances at festivals up and down the country. September also saw the band play a run of headline shows in the US, alongside some support slots with Reignwolf, whilst October will see them return to the UK with The Struts. The full list of dates can be found below.
6th – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston
9th – Rough Trade East, London
11th – Academy, Manchester (with The Struts)
12th – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh (with The Struts)
13th – Leadmill, Sheffield (with The Struts)
15th – UEA, Norwich (with The Struts)
16th – Kentish Town Forum, London (with The Struts)
17th – Great Hall, Cardiff (with The Struts)
19th – O2 Academy, Leicester (with The Struts)
20th – O2 Academy, Bournemouth (with The Struts)
22nd – 013, Tilburg – Holland (with The Struts)
23rd – Zappa, Antwerp – Belgium (with The Struts)
24th – Trianon, Paris – France (with The Struts)
25th – Burgerhaus Stollwerck, Cologne – Germany (with The Struts)
27th – Columbiatheater, Berlin – Germany (with The Struts)
28th – Technikum, Munich – Germany (with The Struts)
29th – Fabrique, Milan – Italy (with The Struts)