Melbourne based rock n rollers King Cannons are on an evolving mission: they’ve rocked the NZ and UK scene, are about to release their debut full-length album ‘The Brightest Light’ and are now plotting a take-over tour through Europe with seventeen gigs.

Do you all share the same musical influences?

Certainly not! Our musical tastes are very broad in King Cannons. We listen to everything from Country through to Hip Hop, Blues, Folk, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Rock'n'roll - it's important to keep your ears and mind open.

Are you planning on touring 'The Brightest Light', If so, what can people expect from the show?

Yes indeed, I think we may have a show at Auckland's classic venue "Powerstation", but the dates are not confirmed as yet... We are really looking forward to coming back to New Zealand! People can expect the album in its entirety, as well as the EP tracks and a few bonus surprises! Its positive, high energy, soul infused rock'n'roll, played with 110% passion and conviction.

I see you have experience in the New Zealand, Australian and UK music scene. Does the industry differ a lot between countries?

When there are a lot of people in a territory (the UK for example) there are a lot of bands competing for the same "carrot" so to speak. It’s tough. You can get swallowed up and left at the bottom of the ladder in a place like that very easily. Especially if you are a DIY band – we sure did! A place like New Zealand at the opposite end of the spectrum population wise can be equally as tough, because there are not enough people there to really sustain a long term career... What I am trying to say is that the grass ISN'T greener on the other side, rock'n'roll is fuckin' hard work no matter where you are in the world!

If you were stuck on a deserted island with 3 items what would they be and why?

A guitar, a knife and a lighter.

Is there anywhere that you haven't been that you would love to go and play a show?


Do you think your music has changed much since the band formed back in New Zealand?

For sure, we have grown and our sound has changed with that growth over the last five years. We started out taking stabs in the dark playing everything from Dance-hall to Folk music. It was great. We have always given ourselves the freedom to explore all kinds of different music and not limit ourselves to one specific style. Our sound is certainly more refined on our current debut album. I am stoked. It’s a result of natural growth and trying to become better at what we do.

What is the strangest question that you have been asked in an interview?

I recently got asked what I ate/drank in a week.... I think "Who fuckin' cares" was the correct answer!

Describe your sound in five words.

Roots influenced rock music

If you could open a show for any musician dead or alive who would it be and why?

I would say Bruce Springsteen, but I think he doesn't really need an opening band now does he.... I don't know, I guess The Clash would be a hoot!

Do you think the proliferation of the internet puts a damper on the music industry?

Yes and no, at the same time. I think it’s been a massive game changer for people like myself and record companies. We have had to learn to adapt to the idea that there is fuck all money left to be made in the old fashioned way of selling music. I love the internet – it’s education and communication at our fingertips, and a brilliant way to get people to hear our music and network with people. At the same time, I really hate the internet. I would love to quit my day job and live off what I do.

By Kate McRobie

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