Drawing from diverse influences such as Grizzly Bear, The Talking Heads, The Beatles and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Los Angeles’ own King Washington are in the midst of creating the New California sound. By fusing classic vocal harmonies and lyrical melodies with a contemporary approach to songwriting, King Washington has created a unique sound that is as creative as it is familiar.
Members Tyson Kelly (guitar, keys, vocals), George Krikes (lead guitar, vocals), Billy Lee (bass, vocals) and David Contreras (drums) have toured extensively, playing over 150 shows across the US since 2014 (sharing the stage with the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, Collective Soul and Ambrosia). With the release of the third studio album, “Potential” in early 2017, the band plans on continuing the trend of blowing audiences away with one of the top live shows in LA (as voted upon by LA Weekly).
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 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
In an ideal world, King Washington would be topping the pop charts. 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