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New Killer Shoes at O2 Academy

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published July 29th 2013
Murdering shoes = moshing out
Crooning out melodies along with choreographed dance routines is so 1995. Midlands-proud band New Killer Shoes are causing a mosher-fueled ruckus - archetypal 'boy band' they ain't. NKS are establishing themselves as the band to watch out for, even if they aren't typically the ones everyone lusted over during the 90's. No, they're the Midlands group who are making sound waves across Birmingham.

NKS, Paul Broome,
NKS in action
Image appears courtesy of Paul Broome

The four man band consists of Jon Kings (lead vocals & guitar,) Ryan Kings (bass & backing vocals,) Ben Smith (Lead guitar & backing vocals,) and Ricky-Lee Cooper (drums).

They recently performed at the O2 Academy, and prior to their musical prowess I got a few snippets from the lads. "We're gonna be rockin' in front of fans old and new! It's just good to be on that stage once again to a sell out crowd!" Clearly, NKS were psyched about this opportunity, and boy do they know how to perform. Indie and rock music isn't everyone's cup of tea, but NKS seemed to get the whole crowd involved with their incredible set.

The O2 is what many in the industry describe as a 'major' gig.The O2 plays host to many indie, 'underground', and unsigned acts, and there are always a long line of fans, queuing up to see their musical heroes. NKS however, like to shrug off their popularity, because "we don't care how it turns out - any sort of success is a bonus." Nice to know they've left any sort of ego at the door.

New Killer Shoes and the crowd
Image appears courtesy of Paul Broome

NKS aren't just playing music for fun; they've turned their hobby into a career. The four lads graft an awful lot, and when the crowd screams in appreciation, that's all the thanks they want.

Back to their performance; NKS rocked out to four songs off their new album - I AIN'T EVEN PLUGGED IN - and the crowd (truly), went wild. Jon Kings sums up the night:

"Me and the lads want to thank the crowd, who were moshing about all over the show, we like to think with our music you can dance to and still mosh out, and the crowd certainly proved this point". - Jon Kings

Described as 'four musically confused morons' and 'not for the faint hearted' by the boys themselves, they're self-deprecating nature is terribly sweet. Now, they might not seem a band interested in groupie-love, but not lusting after the lads is, in fact, impossible.

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Why? To hear the best indie music in the Midlands
When: From 7pm til late Monday - Sunday
Phone: 0121 622 8250
Where: O2 Academy
Cost: Ticket prices vary per act
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