Remember when you heard your first proper rock song? The first PROPER one?
The driving guitars of Led Zeppelin, the brash punch of AC/DC, the pick-you-up-and-throw-you-around excitement of the Foo Fighters? You know what I'm talking about now?
Meet Concrete Kingdoms - an electrifying five piece hard rock act from Fife in Scotland! The band has already supported the likes of Puddle of Mudd, Diamond Head, Mitch Malloy and Nazareth as well as headline appearances in their own right. Concrete Kingdoms have also made their festival bow, appearing at T in the Woods, Dunfermline Festival, and being asked to open the prestigious Winter Storm Festival alongside major acts such as Ricky Warwick, FM & Inglorious in 2016.
2017 held a lot in store for the band, but a change of personnel meant they had to take time out before returning with a new line up and high expectations from their fans.
2018 heralds the recording of the long anticipated first EP and some quality promotion to support this. Several major supports are also confirmed with gigs at the likes of the O2 Academy in Glasgow, and Festival appearances at Rockmantic on the Road, Wildfire and a return to Winterstorm amongst others! There are also two new videos commissioned, and an extensive PR and radio plugging campaign in the works.
If you don't yet know the name Concrete Kingdoms, you will do shortly - give your ears a treat and have a listen!
Please see our "News" section for a review of the debut songs.
First official video release from CK, by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art
Plugging campaign Launches
Radio airplay campaign commences
PR Campaign Commences
Magazine, press and social media campaign launches
EP now mixed, mastered and recorded!
Our first release is now done and dusted, and videos are in the pipeline!
So after taking time out for a while in 2017 to get our new line-up embedded, CK are back and bigger and better than ever!
The end of 2017 saw the band support Hells Bells to great acclaim, make their debuts at Hard Rock Cafe, Glasgow and Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate as well as playing a sold out hometown show to over 100 people in Dunfermline.
February sees us in the studio to record the long-awaited debut EP which we expect to be able to launch at the end of May, accompanied by a tour to bring the show to you live!
Lots of positive things happening for the band - come back for updates!
Concrete Kingdoms are delighted to announce that they will be opening one of Scotland's most prestigious music festivals - can't wait!!
All tracks laid down, but being the perfectionists that we are, some minor tweaks required before progressing!
Bass and drum tracks laid down - going back in to finish guitar and vocals, and then it's all down to Steve and Mark to fine tune it!
Rock Queen Review
Concrete Kingdoms – EP
Hail To The King – Very classic old school intro, similar trad type riffs and a prominent down-tuned bass line. A slight stoner feel, combined with typically sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lyrics; all of which fits together nicely. Steady pace and some well-placed high-pitched vocals towards the end. All in all, it’s the kind of track you’d expect to hear on a film soundtrack, with a storyline about the re-formation of an old school band, from back in the day. This, IMHO, is a good thing.
Whole Lotta Hype – Ooh, very Californian style bluesy intro. Now, this is happening. It’s got grit and plenty of it. Catchy, sexy, rockiness in spades. Some lovely riffs and great sound production. It just flows effortlessly, treating us to more of those gorgeous screams, while taking nothing away from the general cool, rocky vibes. Immediate and powerful. Remember that Wrigleys spearmint chewing gum ad? Well this is an even sexier, rockier version, with a sultry, stoner leaning. What’s not to like?
Fade Away – Beautiful riff and vocal intro, bringing an instant sense of uplifted melancholia, which will slow everything down, calm your senses and hit ‘that’ spot of emotional release, in a way which has to be experienced to be understood. Heavy and gentler flow, in and out, like rhythmic breathing, throughout. An almost yogic element lives within this. An absolutely serene and uplifting example of hearing a guitar sing, to the very depths of your soul. Healing, profound and just unforgettable.
Overall – It speaks the deep and unheard language of your soul.