KING'S X has inked a deal with Australian independent record label Golden Robot Records for the release of the band's next studio album. The follow-up to 2008's "XV" is tentatively due in 2019 via Golden Robot's partners in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
"I'm really excited to release the next KING'S X album with Mark, Derek and the crew at Golden Robot! May the groove be with us all," says vocalist/bassist Doug "dUg" Pinnick. Guitarist Ty Tabor adds: "I'm looking forward to working with Golden Robot Records!" Drummer Jerry Gaskill states: "It's been a while since we've made a record. During that time, I've been thinking, when and if we make a new record, I want it to be the best we can do. I want to believe in it. I want to make it great, whatever it takes. I don't want to just make another KING'S X record. I think and hope that we are in that place. I think and hope its time and I feel good about the team we'll be working with at Golden Robot Records. I'm going do my best. Let's do this thing."
Mark Alexander-Erber, Golden Robot founder and president, states: "When we started to talk to KING'S X about signing with Golden Robot in the U.S. and we met dUg in L.A. a few times, I knew 100% that we would end up working with them. I'm loving the fact they are still the original members and I really believe this new album will be there best yet! It's incredible how many people inside the industry — and I'm talking about very well-known musicians — love these guys and can't wait for a new album. We are all very excited indeed."
Derek Shulman, Golden Robot's executive chairman of worldwide expansion, adds: "I am delighted to finally be able to work with one the most respected, creative rock bands of the past 30-plus years. KING'S X is not only a superb rock band with an ardent fan base, but are also a 'musician musicians' band. Golden Robot Records is determined to finally help KING'S X receive the worldwide recognition it fully deserves."
"XV" was KING'S X's highest-charting album since 1996's "Ear Candy".
In 2005, VH1 included KING'S X in its list of "100 Greatest Artists In Hard Rock."
In a 2016 interview with The Sacramento Bee, Pinnick said that KING'S X wasn't in a hurry to work on new material.
"We have a lot of songs to choose from [for performances], and that's probably why we haven't done a record in so long," he said. "In a way, we've kind of pulled all the tricks out of our bag.
"To this day, we're perceived by our fans and outsiders as some huge thing even though we never had a really big hit," he added. "I just think we weren't considered a good flavor, so we were left on the shelf."
KING'S X was sidelined by several health scares in recent years, including Pinnick's two hernia operations and two near-fatal heart attacks suffered by Gaskill.