Back in 1066, William The Conqueror marched on this fair isle of ours, had a huge fight in a field near Hastings, won said battle and became the King of England. The band of the same name also plan on conquering the UK, but they won’t be using swords and spears, instead a blend of country, blues, grunge and rock tunes are weapons of choice, and with new single: Bleeding on the Soundtrack as their battle cry, this is surely a war they can win.
The band are led by Ruarri Joseph on guitar and vocals, with Harry Harding on drums and Naomi Holmes on bass. Listening to the band evokes classic ‘Americana’ in the vein of Neil Young and The Black Keys, however in the last offering on their latest single, Joseph is channelling his inner Nick Cave which is no bad thing at all. The song is the first single from their new album of the same name and deals with addiction, misplaced worship of fallen idols and the road to redemption: all done with heart, soul, darkly comic lyrics and a catchy melody.
In 2017 the Cornwall based trio released their debut album Proud Disturber of The Peace: an album steeped in loss, grief and a troubled upbringing. But despite the dark undertones, the album is somewhat upbeat and defiant.
Following a string of summer festival dates, the band head on a full UK tour previewing songs from the upcoming new record. The tour begins on 2nd November at Gullivers in Manchester and culminates in a home town gig at The Old Bakery Studios in Truro. The band have received great live reviews from previous shows, with fans and critics enamoured by their catchy tunes, and soulful harmonies. Here’s hoping for more of the same.
William the Conqueror are currently on tour and tickets can be bought at: