After New Kingdom moved into a recording studio, engineer Scotty Hard heard New Kingdom's demos, helped the group develop its sound and introduced the duo to Gee Street Records, which officially signed the act in 1992, after two years on a demo deal, New Kingdom released its debut album, Heavy Load, in 1993. Allmusic's Bret Love wrote of the album, "Heavy Load shows an awful lot of promise, but all too often New Kingdom fails to deliver." New Kingdom was praised for its unique sound and performance style. New Kingdom's musical style combines elements of hard rock, psychedelic music,f unk, and blues. The group's live performances featured a disc jockey and live instrumentation by a guitarist, a drummer, and a percussionist, as well as a masked dancer.
The lyrical content of Nosaj and Sebastian is often abstract and ranges from autobiographical subjects to science-fiction fantasies. References made by the band range from Bruce Lee and Super Fly to the folklore of Paul Bunyan. Nosaj and Sebastian's rhymes are often unintelligible. Sebastian had previously been a member of some local hardcore punk bands, and Nosaj was primarily influenced by Curtis Mayfield. The San Diego Union-Tribune writer Jeff Niesel described New Kingdom's music as a cross between Wu-Tang Clan and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, while Allmusic's Bret Love compared the group to Beastie Boys and Onyx.
The New York Times writer Jon Parales compared New Kingdom to rap-rock fusions by artists such as Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, Anthrax, Cypress Hill, and Wu-Tang Clan. In his review of Paradise Don't Come Cheap, Allmusic writer Ned Raggett wrote, "[The group's sound compares to] a Goodie Mob/Bubba Sparxx collaboration produced by the RZA—or, say, Eminem's "Square Dance" completely gone to hell—well before its time" and concluded that the only easy comparison between New Kingdom and another musical act is the Wu Tang Clan. New Kingdom released its second album, Paradise Don't Come Cheap in 1996. Allmusic writer Ned Raggett, who gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and selected the album as the site's Album Pick, wrote, "[The album] arguably beats out the fine debut Heavy Load—there's something even more belligerent, raunchy, and fiery about Furlow and Laws this time out." However, The San Diego Union-Tribune writer Jeff Niesel wrote, "[It's] a clunky affair." 2) Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, NEW KINGDOM is a group of four young talented musicians whose collaboration of electrifying styles coalesces to create an unprecedented sound. Consisting of the charismatic Noah King on vocals, Oren Yoel on keys, Joe Rausch on bass, and Evan J. Turner on drums, NEW KINGDOM’S songs contain raw elements from a multitude of genres such as rock, soul, pop, funk, and sexy.
Drawing from great influences of decades past, while hungry for what can be done to push boundaries for the future of music, NEW KINGDOM has developed a sound that cannot be categorized. NEW KINGDOM’S high energy live performances have been showcased across Los Angeles since 2008, sharing bills with such acts as Asher Roth, Janelle Monae, B.o.B, and Saul Williams. Concertgoers who have experienced a NEW KINGDOM show have all helped spread the word and their following is growing exponentially. The last show at The Roxy was a SOLD OUT show.
The band has recorded and finished their first product; an EP called "Naked Time" and is greatly looking forward to the days ahead. NEW KINGDOM has released the debut video for the infectious single, “Stepped on the Scene.” The band recently was featured on numerous blogs for their second viral video, for the upcoming release, “Invisible”. On March 21st, 2011, MTV’s “The Seven’s” featured the band in there segment, “New Music Mondays, bands on the rise.” Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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