Southern California based rock trio, Kyng, originated in 2008 in Los Angeles. Kyng consists of Eddie Valiz (singer/songwriter), Tony Castaneda (bass), and Pepe Clarke Magana (drums). After years of working on and off with each other on different projects, they decided to form a band. The sound they realized was exactly what they had sought after, a unique and universally appealing combination of heavy and captivating concepts, channeling influences from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. Kyng describes their music as “California Heavy.”
Recently, I had an opportunity to talk with bassist Tony Castaneda about the band. Music has always been a large part of Tony’s life. He started listening to Black Sabbath at an early age, and Geezer Butler is his all-time favorite bassist. Tony’s first band was a Black Sabbath tribute band, and he told me, “From that moment, I could see myself playing music for a living.” Before Kyng was formed, Tony and drummer Pepe Clarke Magana were members of the Latino band Ankla, which toured across the U.S. with bands such as Nonpoint and Hatebreed. They were also a part of Ozzfest in 2007.
The talented trio, hailing from L.A. and parts of Mexico, is as unique in spirit as their sound. Reminiscent at times of the metal and hard rock of the late 1970’s in style and musical collection, with a presentation that is totally heavy, classic, and modern-day all at once, they are sure to refresh the rock and metal landscapes of today and tomorrow.
When asked about his most memorable moment to date, he said, “It was the day Kyng was signed. We had a showcase in New York and were signed the same day.”
Kyng has a very unique sound, and it’s a refreshing change for rock music. About two years ago, the band’s friend, program director of Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal station Jose Mangin, started playing the band’s first song “Falling Down” to rave reviews from fans. Their new album, Trampled Sun (REALID Records), was released just this week, and it is surely to be a hit with rock fans everywhere.
Their first two singles, “Falling Down” and “Trails in Veins” were both mixed by Mike Watts (Adelita’s Way, Hopesfall). Tony told me that his personal favorite song to perform live is “Trails in Veins” because of the mix of heavy and melodic parts, and because the audience likes the song a lot. With the new album, he hopes “to offer more than just the same old sound.” As for the “California Heavy” sound, he said “California is a melting pot. We are based out of L.A., but not the pretty part. We grew up with a variety of genres.” When listening to their album, you can hear exactly what this great new sound is.
Tony has some good advice for up and coming musicians: “Stay true to yourself and what you love. Don’t let people discourage you.” The members of Kyng have stayed true to the music that they love and it will undoubtedly take them far.
This is one of the best rock/metal albums of the year, so be sure you pick it up today. This band has a promising future, so be sure to watch for them over the coming months.
Kyng will be performing in Colorado Springs at Black Sheep on Tuesday, October 4th as part of Wayne Static’s tour, along with Eye Empire, One Eyed Doll and Gemini Syndrome. For ticket information: http://www.coloradospringslivemusic.net/
For more information about Kyng: www.kyngband.com
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