We Grabbed This Opportunity By The Nads

As I sit at my desk peering into the winter void, existential dread has it’s icy, dark claws clamped around my soul.

I hear its seductive, silky whisper asking me in its’s taunting, mocking tone – what have you done with 2020 and was it worth it?

Well, screw you ‘cos guess what, it really was .

2020 started great with gigs booked in for the year, right thru. Festivals, theatres, the whole shebang. Up, down and across this green and pleasant land. Well, that turned to crap fairly quickly. Four gigs! that’s it.

Then the world changed. Not just for us but for every bugger else.

Brakes on. Game over. Did The Kingcrows stop? Did we hell. We grabbed this opportunity by the nads and gave it a damn good talking to.

So here’s what we’ve done during lockdown to keep ourselves busy:

LEARNING TO USE ZOOM FOR VIDEOS

We started having weekly band chats zoom. Before long, we looked into other zoom benefits. Well, it turns out that you can actually make a video that way. So we did, and we brought you “I love myself” – the ultimate lockdown vid. Phil E Stine crafted the wonderful jellytastic “Rip it up”, plus we also snuck thru “on the road again”.

NEW WEBSITE

The fact that your reading this blog would also lead me to point out that we’ve redesigned our website from the ground upwards and it’s looking pretty spiffing.

MERCH

We’ve released more lines of merchandise than ever. It’s great to see people buying as much as they are. It warms our wallets nicely and allows us to keep on keeping on.

RADIO

Big news is that we were interviewed live for Renegade Outlaw Radio from America. That was an experience. We’ve since been played on oodles of other radio stations, so we’re definitely getting about.

JAPAN

We’re making baby step inroads towards Japan, which is a goal we have in mind. We’ll have to see how that pans out, but we’re hopeful.

REHERSALS

We’ve been in the rehearsal studios a few times since september and once the cobwebs were shaken off things came together fairly quickly.

NEW SONGS

We’re back in the process of writing again so hopefully once we do see you all “out there” we may have new songs to delight and charm you with.

GIGS

Oh, and in the few days when lockdown rules where slightly relaxed, we did a gig in September – which felt great. Hopefully it won’t be long now before everything is back to normal and we can bring you our own peculiar brand of Punk Rock & Roll again.

So finals thoughts, yeah 2020 was weird but sod it, life goes on. We’d love your involvement on what we should do next.

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We’ve Managed A Covid Gig

28.9.2020

Blackpool Waterloo 13th September – The Kingcrows, The Sentence, Benefit State. Zero Tolerance, MC16. (Socially Distanced Gig) – Band Review – LJ Kingcrow

Gigging in the COVID world…

Well bugger me if we haven’t only gone and done a gig!

This report should’ve really been done two weeks ago whilst it was fresh in my mind and before the copious pints of road crew fuzzed my shizzle up.

Anyway, it was the 13th sept at the marvellous Waterloo bar in Blackpool. Hosted by the equally wonderful KDS promotions. It was our first official socially distant gig, believe me when I say we’ve had plenty that weren’t intentional.

The lay out of the room was impressive. It was like a jazz lunch, people sat tapping their toes. Like a west coast Ronnie Scott’s. Only without the awful jazz nonsense.

A big shout to all the bands who were playing that day. MC16, zero tolerance, benefit state, and the sentence.

To be honest, the gig went great for us. Could’ve done with an on stage sound check before we played, but that’s a minor nit. We’d only rehearsed twice since lockdown but the songs came flooding back. Like old noisy friends who refuse to fuck off.

The set flew by, as they always do. It was novel to see Mr Stine actually stay on stage for a full gig. He generally buggers off and causes a nuisance in the crowd towards the end. It must’ve killed him! Oh, and we did an unplanned encore. One we hadn’t prepared for but we’re awesome and it went smoothly. Which was nice.

So it was great to be back. We’re supposed to be out in November but we’ll see how things pan out. And next time I’ll write it earlier. Maybe. Who knows…….LJ Kingcrow