Sheffield rock quintet are born to be Kings

Santiago Kings play The Washington tomorrow.
Santiago Kings play The Washington tomorrow.
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There is nothing wish-washy about Sheffield’s Santiago Kings.

The rock quintet have been carving out a raw and catchy sound since they formed two years ago.

And tomorrow the band play an intimate, free show at city centre venue The Washington, supporting Sky Valley Princess.

Niall Kingdom, Kings bassist, says: “The music scene is experiencing a huge resurgence in Sheffield, especially on the rock side.

“There is a core group of bands hitting their stride at the same time and there’s a real feelgood factor with gigs and with recordings being kicked-out.

“All of the bands on the scene are supporting each other which gives it real community feel too – bands including Firegarden, Fear Lies, Regulus, Gorilla Warfare Coyote Mad Seeds, The Fargo Railway Company and many more.”

But Santiago Kings’ influences go way beyond Sheffield.

Niall admits: “There are elements of the Seattle sound in there, as well as some metal, some blues, mid 90s indie and a little bit of country.”

This mish-mash of influences is particularly evident in the band’s track Worms, a quirky, grungy ditty celebrating the merits of the earthworm.

Niall says: “We are really proud of it. It is one of our most popular live tracks.”

Doors open at 8pm for tomorrow’s gig.