Ska reggae collective New Town Kings are an Essex based band who emphatically blend old school Jamaican rhythms with a fresh dose of UK inspired ska.
The eight piece’s first musical offering, 2007’s ‘Sound of the New Town’, demonstrates their expert ability to create party fuelled ska anthems – with offbeat guitars and swirling horns aplenty. Following on from their debut, the Kings proceeded with sophomore release ‘M.O.J.O’ in 2011 – a carefully crafted war chest of fast paced ska and thumping dub. Lead track ‘News Stand’ warmed the hearts of fans with its throwback to vintage Jamaican ska, whilst ‘Dynamite’ proved to be a real favourite in the live arena.
2014 saw personnel changes and the release of ‘Pull Up & Rewind’ – a four track EP packed to the brim with energy and class. New frontman Dabs Bonner took little time in introducing himself to the New Town Kings faithful by putting his own unique stamp on their signature sound. This EP demonstrates just a small selection of their attacking arsenal, with tracks ranging from mellow, chilled out reggae reminiscent of Gregory Isaacs, to upbeat Summer fuelled ska of a similar vein to The Specials.
Hailing from New Town, Colchester – the New Town Kings’ modern twist on classic Jamaican music has seen them tour the country and play with the likes of The Skints, Gentlemen’s Dub Club and US reggae legends The Aggrolites to name a few. The eight piece have rarely taken it easy it when it comes to travelling the world with their own brand of ska, having clocked up over 500 shows across 10 different countries since their formation. Their punk rock ethic and extensive touring schedule has seen them perform at the likes of Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party, The HMV Forum and a whole host more – and the New Town Kings tour bus shows no sign of slowing down with further plans in progress for 2016.
2015 has seen the release of reggae anthem ‘Pack Up Bye Bye’ and ‘Luna Rosa’ featuring sound system veteran YT. There’s a new video and single set to drop in December and a new album to be recorded with Grammy nominated producer Daniel Boyle (Max Romeo/Lee Scratch Perry) in early 2016.
These releases have gained the attention and received airplay from BBC 1Xtra’s reggae hotshot David Rodigan MBE and also featured on Fred Perry Subculture, WorldAReggae and Punktastic.