KING'S X will release a new studio album, entitled "Black Like
Sunday", on May 20 through Brop!/ Metal Blade Records.
The CD features freshly-recorded songs written and performed live more than 20 years ago, well before the band changed their name to KING'S X and landed their first record deal. The group used two different names during this period.
Longtime fans had kept asking vocalist/guitarist Ty Tabor, vocalist/bass guitarist Doug Pinnick and vocalist/drummer Jerry Gaskill to bring these songs back to life by finally recording and releasing them, and the band
decided the time was right.
The complete track listing for "Black Like Sunday" is as follows:
02. Bad Luck
03. Danger Zone
05. Won't Turn Back
07. Rock Pile
08. Working Man
09. Save Us
12. You're the Only One
14. Black Like Sunday
"These songs are from our first seven years as a band, and most are from between 1980 and 1983. We were based in Springfield, MO, and it was a really healthy market for original music," Tabor said in an official press release. "There was a really intelligent group of music listeners there. I attribute that to Springfield being a college town. There were about nine colleges around. I think it's really unusual to have a city embrace original music any time, any place.
"All of the biggest bands in Springfield did their own tunes. We were scared at first because there were no mediocre bands. The competition was awesome," Tabor recalled. "Bands did make their own records, were getting their songs on local radio and were getting those records in local stores.
"We did one record back then, but we didn't like it at all and weren't involved in the mixing. We did give copies away free at shows because we didn't want it sold in stores!"
"We've written hundreds of songs over the years and as we kept writing new ones others got left behind. Our song turnover was really fast. But every batch of new songs had a couple of fan favorites in them. We wouldn't really look back, but sometimes parts of songs would get used. With the knowledge we have now, we don't mind going back to rediscover these songs. We're harder on ourselves now, and we've learned many things over the years.
"As for the songs for this record, there were some obvious ones that had stuck in our minds. We always find ourselves on the same page. The songs have not changed very much. The first day or two that we went through our old tapes of these songs we realized the original ideas are better than we thought they were. One thing we discovered was that it was more time-consuming to go back to these songs than it would have been to write a new record."
KING'S X will embark on a U.S. tour with FISHBONE this spring and summer.