This unique Danish band stops by Northside Festival with a new critically acclaimed album out!
You rarely come across a band where everything they do is based on personal opinions and what’s happening in and with the world. A band that do not care about what’s expected, but instead they do what they feel like and what they believe in – with originality and following success! Since their beginning in 2008 they’ve produced and released 5 albums in their own studio in Sweden, and released it on their own label SPEED OF SOUND.
The first album came in 2008, and a that time they were only three band members; singer Kristian Leth and his two friends Frederik and Fridolin Nordsø. Three guys with ideas, passion and interest in what’s going on in the world, however the first album was named after a person they all agreed on loving – Wayne Coyne, lead singer in fellow Northside act The Flaming Lips.
You can definitely hear that The William Blakes find inspiration in The Flaming Lips, and a band like Arcade Fire, and that’s what you get when hearing this band; a band that understands just how to mix different inspirations, genres and still create their own unique sound and original lyrics.
After their first album they got themselves a new band member in Bo Rande. A man who has been involved in several successful projects, including Blue Foundation, Mew and Efterklang. And with Bo joining the band they really started moving towards a complete set-up. They’ve released four more records; the latest An Age of Wolves was released in March this year and rewarded with 5/6 stars in Soundvenue!
I mentioned earlier in the article that these guys do what they feel like, and that is most definitely to be heard when comparison the 5 different albums. The sound on An Age of Wolves is far from the first The Flaming lips-inspired album, and even more different from the other three albums. The new sound is darker, and it suits them! It seems grown up, and I personally prefer artists that can bring a list of songs that can satisfy your every mood. My only concern is; how will this affect their live performance?
For a long time The William Blakes has been known for having DK’s (almost) largest live-band. Besides the four band members, they’ve always brought an army of brilliant musicians on stage which secured a collective-sound, where a lot musicians unite around a performance that goes directly to your head, heart and feet. When researching different Danish bands, it often happens that you come across musicians who used to, or still plays in this band. Some of them even become very successful with their own projects, with Shaka Loveless as a perfect example to this (also playing at Northside).
How the new sound and style has influenced their live performance, and number of musicians on stage, I still don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out! A band that write songs inspired by religion, magic, politics and changes in the world, that has a meaning about music and life, and understands how to master different genres and styles, deserves to be heard.
The William Blakes, Saturday 13.45 at Green Stage