Born and bred in sunny Southern California, Los Angeles-based rock group, King Washington delivers an easy, new California sound. The strong Southern California heritage of the band members is made manifest in their songwriting. King Washington fuses elements of their California roots in the folk rock music of the 60s and 70s and builds upon them with a blues tinted indie-rock flavor of tightly tuned and beautifully blended vocal harmonies, winding, lyrical melodies, subtly surprising progressions, and a dose of pushing the limits. They have taken what we love about the classics and added a new rock edge, crafting a flavor all their own.
Founding member Tyson Kelly, of the San Fernando Valley, brings the heat to vocals, guitar, and keys. SoCal native and lead guitarist George Krikes brings jazz guitar prowess and vocals to the group. Billy Lee, also a Valley native, holds down the fort on bass and tight tenor vocal harmonies. Beneath it all, David Contreras, the only non-native member hailing from Hamburg, Germany, completes the rhythm section with a spicy, steady beat on the drums.
King Washington began as a teenaged garage-band dream over ten years ago. Since then they have evolved and matured into a distinguished group with an impressive original repertoire, sound, skill, and stage presence. Since 2009, they have released their debut EP, Grenadine (2009), and two notable full-length albums. The Gears (2012) received editorial praise:
“In an ideal world, King Washington would be topping the pop charts with The Gears. Highly melodic and intellectual without isolating the listener… This quartet have far more to offer than their musical ancestors; the members of King Washington are scholars in the arts.” – 7 Bit Arcade
The Overload (2013) continued to reveal the band’s insatiable appetite for pushing their creative abilities and talents:
“Some try to replicate the past merely for the sake of nostalgia but for King Washington they are not trying to churn out what you have heard before, instead they have taken the music they love as a base and built their own unique sound around it. Part folk, part rock, part blues, part pop, part just about every genre going, King Washington cover it all and with (“The Overload”), they have presented a collection of songs to relish, to rock out to and above all else, to enjoy.” –Room Thirteen
With a natural grace for connecting with each other and their music on stage, King Washington delivers an exceptionally polished yet intimate live experience. LA Weekly voted them one of the top ten live bands, and audiences co
ntinue to laud their tight and dynamic live show:
“What you’re going to get from KW is the epitome of music being purged from the soul on stage. There is feverish, passionate playing of instruments, phenomenal harmonies […], a perfectly crafted set that will keep you interested and waiting to see what they throw at you next.”-Badass Bands Blog
The band has received notable radio plays and has opened for
Micheal McDonald, Arctic Monkeys, Crash Kings and recently toured with Collective Soul. They are currently finishing their third studio album due to release this summer. King Washington has made waves since their beginnings, and this talented group is just getting started!
The Diamond Light
“...the truth that is realizable in a dead man's bones and is beyond the Tree of Buddha as well as the Cross of Jesus. Believe that the world is an ethereal flower, and ye live! I knew this! I also knew that I was the worst bum in the world. The diamond light was in my eyes.” - Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
Opus Vitae arrive with a dynamic, melodic and carefully crafted self-titled EP. Produced by Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead, Foster the People) the Los Angeles based group is led by songwriter Banah Winn. Originally hailing from Portland, Oregon Winn settled in Los Angeles to build a new band and a new sound after playing with a handful of other projects, most notably California's surf pop group Cayucas. Here Winn finds his own voice. Opus Vitae, translated from Latin as "Life's Work", is a direct outpouring of Winn's ambition, dedication, and persistent internal struggle.
Rounding out the sound of Opus Vitae's raw, driven energy are Montreal native Yan Clermont on lead guitar, and Seattle's Miles Frank and Pat Birney on drums and bass, respectively. These four unique musicians individually bring their own story and spirit to the band. Above all else, the music itself always takes top priority, as experienced in their exceptionally dynamic and honest performances.