Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
We are The Kingsize Five.
We are reporters and interpreters. We have a point of view and a perspective. We have lived and we are living. We are teachers, parents, dreamers, poets, musicians, performers. We are wankers, bullshitters, pricks and arseholes. We are clowns.
Indignities have been visited upon us. We have borne them with dignity: Even while dressed as chickens. When some of us were dressed as chickens others where playing to 55000 people in a field in Somerset, England. Those are the breaks and the breaks can give you the Blues: We have the Blues, we don’t own the Blues but this is our take on it. It’s close enough for Jazz and some of it is Jazz. A lot of it isn’t.
White Light Fever is our story. It just happens to be a story you can dance to; we live in hope that you will dance to it with someone you like, or even love. A simple plan conceived without guile
Chin up, cheer up and listen. We are the Kingsize Five.
“A musical law unto themselves, this debut is upbeat, cocky and, thank God, completely fresh 8/10” Amy McGill, Rocksound
“A demented mix of swing, jazz and ska whose old school styles combine with such unabashed euphoria it makes most current rock look instantly redundant. This right here is the kick up the bum music needs” John Earls, Teletext
Outrageous, different and very, very good Carol Borrington Blues Matters (Oct/Nov edition)
Like Jools Holland on amphetamines Time Out, Jan 09
”Amazing: I predict this will spread through the country like a virus” Shaun Keaveney, BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show
“Mighty, mighty refreshing” John Kennedy, XFM
“A bunch of musical rogues!” Steve Lamacq, Radio 2 New Music Show
“Ungodly, infectious melodies. The most entertaining band I've ever seen? Damn right!” Lee Puddefoot, Artrocker
“White Light Fever has inevitably drawn comparisons with Mark Ronson's productions. The Kingsize Five dig deeper and wider though, pulling in everything from Glen Miller to Jerry Lee Lewis, sprucing it up with modern punky zest and sloshing it down with lashings of wit and pizzazz by the gallon” Steve Hillar, The Metro
“A veritable slice of jazz infested, good time swing” Mischa Pearlman, Fly Magazine
And if you don't own a pair of dancing shoes, this will inspire you to buy some.” Jon Blackstaffe, Blues in Britain Magazine
“A manic mix of rocking blues and jazzy, dirty swing delivered with riffed up panache” Molloy Woodcraft, The Observer
“Combines grace and danger in equal parts. Purveys a rumbling sound that owes something to Louis Jordon and Earl Bostic as much as it does to Madness and Ian Dury” The Word Magazine (I Am A Missile was also cover mounted on this edition)
“A fine celebration of human weakness set to fine thrilling refreshing music you can dance to” swinging jumping jiving big band blues, somewhere near jazz and just beyond rock 'n roll - go enjoy it, we weren't sure they'd pull it off over the length of a whole album, they more than did” Album of the Week Sean O, The Organ
“A tangle of finger clicking beats and lung bustin saxophones that will make you dance so hard you will forget who you are. And you know what? You will love every second of it” Lee Puddefoot, Artrocker album review extract (September edition)
“Just the sort of thing for a discerning music fan's Friday night out. An album of intelligent fun. Something in all to short supply these days. Treat your feet and your brain” 4 stars. Jeremy Searle Sept/Oct 08 edition of Rock n Reel
“Just the right amount of dirt under the fingernails attitude and punky/indie bite. This is as cool as f.... Single of the Week” Sean O, The Organ Magazine (writing about the debut single, I Am A Missile)
White Light Fever
Little Genius Recordings/Genepool/Universal
Tracks: White Light Fever; I Am a Missile; Capricorn; One for My Daddy; Cecilia’s Back; Big Sis Little Sis; Countless Little Treasons; There’s Nothing We Can Do; A Very Serious Artist; Bathos Pathos; Tucumcari.
Personnel: Sean ‘Coach’ Kelly: Bass. Danny Howard: Drums. Jim Crowe: Guitar. James ‘The Ref’ Wortley: Vocals. Keisha Downey: Vocals. Michael Brown: Tenor and Alto Saxophones. Jon O’Neil:Baritone and Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute. Kieran O’Neil: Trombone. Paul Silver: Baritone Saxophone. Zoe Alexandria: Piano.
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