Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds on King Blues split: ‘It’s a big loss to music’

Singer says he's 'gutted' by the punk band's decision to break up

Enter Shikari‘s Rou Reynolds has spoken about the break-up of The King Blues and has described the punk band’s split as “a big loss to music”.

The London six-piece, who formed in 2004, announced on their official website Kingblues.com that they had split up, saying that they had “taken things as far as they can go”.

Speaking to NME about The King Blues, Reynolds, who is a big fan of the band and has cited them as a key influence on Enter Shikari, particularly with their politically tinged lyrics, said he and his bandmates were “gutted” by the split.

Asked about this, he said: “We only found out [about the split] when everyone else did. It’s a big of downer and a bit of a shock. We’re gutted because we’re big fans of the band and their music and we’re good mates with them too.”

Speaking about when he first became aware of The King Blues, Reynolds added: “I remember seeing them at Reading in 2002 for the first time. Those were the days when the underground ska punk thing was really thriving and you’d see bands like Capdown and Adequate Seven doing well. I got introduced to them then and I’ve been a fan ever since.”

The singer added that he felt The King Blues stood out as an outspoken band with their political lyrics and that they “were like no other band”.

He said of this: “It feels like a big loss to music, the King Blues were like no other band in how vehement they were with their views. You really saw that what they were saying was absolutely coming from the heart and I think there’s a lack of that now they’ve left us.”

The King Blues will release a final album, titled ‘Long Live The Struggle’, in July to mark the end of their career. They had previously released three studio albums.

Enter Shikari play a swathe of festivals during the summer, with slots at Isle Of Wight Festival, Reading And Leeds Festivals and T In The Park among their confirmed slots. You can watch a video interview with the band by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.