Alvarez Kings to bring show-stopping performance to Motion

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 October 2017

Simon and Paul Thompson, guitarist Sean Parkin, and drummer Richard Walker from Alvarez Kings. Picture: Angharad Gwenter

Simon and Paul Thompson, guitarist Sean Parkin, and drummer Richard Walker from Alvarez Kings. Picture: Angharad Gwenter

Angharad Gwenter

Four Yorkshire boys will bring their unique sound to Bristol next week.

Alvarez Kings has announced a string of tour dates following the release of their hotly-anticipated debut album, Somewhere Between.

The quartet is made up of brothers Simon and Paul Thompson, guitarist Sean Parkin, and drummer Richard Walker.

They will join American alternative rock band Switchfoot as a support act.

Switchfoot are currently touring around the UK and Europe to promote the release of their 10th album Where The Light Shines Through.

Alvarez Kings has impressed audiences at Isle Of Wight festival and the O2 Wireless festival and has had show-stopping stints on the Vans Warped Tour in 2013 and 2015.

They have also supported Melanie Martinez, PVRIS and Echosmith on their tours and have quietly built up an international buzz since forming in 2012.

The boys have already released a number of EPs in the build up to their album release.

Sean said: “We are all rock guys but we also love dance music. There are orchestral elements and this big synth sound we are obsessed with. It is everything that we are.

“Because it is our first album as a band, it is like the soundtrack of the past few years.”

The group travelled to the City of Angels, Los Angeles, last year to record the album in Burbank’s Ocean Studios.

The recording venue also had an impact on the album.

Sean said: “There is a sort of 1980s nostalgia to the album because we were around Sunset Boulevard and we got to experience the dramatic LA sunset every day.

“We were listening to Tears For Fears pretty much on repeat and it was all very Miami Vice-style.”

The band were under the watchful eye of producer Carlos de la Garza who has worked with the likes of Paramore, Jimmy Eat World and Wolf Alice.

The band, which takes its name from the infamous old school gang, combines a variety of genres to create their sound.

Alvarez Kings will perform with Switchfoot at Motion, in Avon Street, at 8.30pm on October 26.

Tickets, priced £18.98, are available from www.motionbristol.com

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