They’re the Kings of their own destiny

Sheffield indie band Alvarez Kings'From left'Paul Thompson (bass guitar), 'Richard Walker (drums).'William Pashley (guitar)'Simon Thompson (vocals, guitar)
Sheffield indie band Alvarez Kings'From left'Paul Thompson (bass guitar), 'Richard Walker (drums).'William Pashley (guitar)'Simon Thompson (vocals, guitar)
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Alvarez Kings have been evolving as a band since they formed more than six years ago.

The Sheffield-based group have mutated from in die rock to electro-infused pop rock. And now, as the summer starts, the band are laying down tracks for a new EP, Feel the Fear.

Bassist Paul Thompson explains the thinking behind the band’s new record. “We wanted to do something that was a lot more electronic in sound and we wanted to focus on production. There are lots of synth sounds too.”

Lyrically the EP is reflective of life. “I don’t write the lyrics but they are generally about things that happen to us.”

And as for the new musical direction, Thompson said: “We were bored with the indie rock sound and were inspired by some of the new stuff coming out so we wanted to sound more ‘2014’. If a label is going to take us seriously we need to sound more current.”

The band is recording Feel the Fear in Rotheram, with producer Steve Ellis. “He’s great and really gets what we want,” says Thompson.

But for now the band is getting ready for a show at the city’s Maida Vale venue on Sunday, July 27.