Kyng for a day
After toiling away in other bands, the trio of guitarist/vocalist Eddie Veliz, bassist Tony Castaneda and drummer Pepe Clarke Magana decided their collective side-project, Kyng, was where their real passion lay, and in 2008 they opted to put their focus there. The Southern California blues-based rock act, label their sound “California Heavy”. Their style is a hybrid sound of everything we’ve heard before, reimagined in a modern context. Think 60’s/70’s acts like Cream, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin meets 90’s grunge like Soundgarden. If one needs a label or comparison, that is pretty close, yet still not all encompassing.
Bassist Castaneda fell in love with bass when he discovered Geezer Butler and Black Sabbath. Veliz is a fan of guitarists like Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) and Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) among others, and Magana likes the heavy rock style of drum destroying.
Kyng have the ability to play alongside anyone. They can fit in with all genres of rock and metal without the need to sound like the other bands on the bill. Case-in-point, the band are currently set to tour with Drowning Pool and Burn Halo. Neither of which logically belongs on the same bill, but Kyng can play to either audience and find appreciative listeners.
The band’s debut album, Trampled Sun will be released on September 27th, but you can listen to the tracks “Falling Down” and “Tracks In Veins” now, to get a taste.
This week I had an opportunity to speak with the band’s primary songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Eddie Veliz. The band is currently enjoying a few days of down time between tours, which may be all they’ll see for sometime. What does Veliz do with his down time? Music. That’s all he does and all he wants to do.
We talked about the band’s vision and foundation, and how challenging yet powerful it can be as a trio. Veliz talks about his inspirations and influences, as well as the band’s debut album, Trampled Sun. We also touched on his passion for all things 70’s, and Eddie gives a shout out to the troops.