No More Kings
, the self-titled first major release, is a positive, upbeat, pop/funk/rock party-in-a-box, full of pop culture references and quirky lyrics. "No More Kings is for anyone who's ever wanted a talking car," says Pete Mitchell, the man behind the band. "This album is very character-driven, very story-based."
A trait he learned as an animator that has carried over into his songwriting is communicating a character's core to an audience. In "Sweep the Leg," for example, Pete digs into the head of Johnny, Daniel-san's nemesis in The Karate Kid
, and presents a new way of looking at the story.
Pete-the-musician is also Pete-the-artist on this project - he is doing all of the artwork for the album and the band's promotional materials. "I'm extremely lucky to be able to combine both of my loves. My whole life, people have told me I have to choose one, either art or music. I fought that and said I could do both. Now is the first time in my life that's become true. It's exciting for me, and I still kind of half think I'm going to wake up."
Pete Mitchell calls No More Kings' first album a "thank-you letter to the 80s," a perfect theme for someone who says that he (and his music) were "born in the 70s, raised in the 80s, and perfected in the 90s."
"The whole album is a happy celebration of the crazy times I grew up in, the things that influenced me, the little pieces that made me who I am: watching Knight Rider
, Schoolhouse Rock, The Muppet Show
…Whatever those influences are that got in and stayed in and have been rattling around for years. This album says, 'Thank you, 80s, for raising me; you did a good job.' "
Check Out NMK's "Sweep The Leg":
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No More Kings Tour Dates:
Mar 20 2007 8:00P John Henry's – Eugene, Oregon
Mar 22 2007 9:30P The Gypsy Lounge – Lake Forest, California
Apr 7 2007 8:00P Club Flavor – Miami, Florida
Apr 14 2007 8:30P Grape Street – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 20 2007 4:15P Vinyl – Atlanta, Georgia
May 1 2007 8:00P Buddy Guy's Legends – Chicago, IllinoisEnter here for your chance to win one of five copies of the debut album from No More Kings
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