King RopesBands / Mob Artists
On King Ropes’ debut album, Dirt, frontman/guitarist Dave Hollier writes deeply expressive songs rooted in the highs and lows of human experience. King Ropes — the name is borrowed from a Wyoming saddlery store — generates musical and emotional fireworks throughout Dirt, with such insistent tunes as “Dogleg Boy“, “Lurch On Sister“, “International Shortwave” and “Shovel and a Pickaxe” exemplifying Hollier’s vivid songwriting and the band’s infectious punch, maintaining a gritty, organic vibe that underlines the album’s title. Hollier explains:
“After years of working with my hands, I was at a place in my life with a severe lack of dirt under my fingernails. So I guess that calling it ‘Dirt’ is a bit of an incantation, hoping to attract more of it back into my life….”
Dirt is the product of a journey that’s taken Hollier and his songs back and forth across the United States before landing him in his home state of Montana. He describes what inspires his writing:
“I’m interested in the contrasts between urban and rural, eastern and western, sophisticated and raw, sweet and bludgeoning…I used to be a painter, and I had a fascination with the line between abstract and figurative…I was a pretty late bloomer in terms of playing music with any kind of seriousness, and that really happened over the 15 years I lived in Brooklyn. [Moving to LA] That’s when things really started to gel with the guys I’m playing with now.”
Now, with the long-brewing Dirt a vibrant reality, Hollier is looking forward to taking King Ropes on the road.
“I’m excited to get these songs out in the world…My life has taken me down a bunch of different paths, and to a lot of different places, but right now I’m feeling lucky to be able to dive deep into playing this music.”
To read our review of their fantastic new album, Dirt, click here.
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