April 13, 2019
Having emerged as what appealed to an appreciative underground audience as a neofolky, luciferian lone-troubadour, TJ Cowgill, the man behind the moniker of King Dude has evolved to become an entity that still wears its DNA on its sleeve yet has carefully calibrated a shift towards appealing to a wider audience.
Given the often constrictive confines of underground music, it is something that I welcome with open arms and it would have been great to see the man again accompanied by a full band as part of the upcoming Dark Mofo Festival, but him in the purest form backed by only one constituent got the job done tonight.
2019 sees King Dude holding court in a gloomy folk incarnation that is accentuated by heavier post-punk elements, whose dynamics help to elevate the yarns that Cowgill spins as he lets the audience partake in him meandering through shadowy realms and heavily drawing on hedonist motifs and religious imagery.
It might be my own interpretation of King Dude, but what makes it more appealing to me than his often lacklustre peers is that his tongue seems to be firmly buried in cheek. Along with the fact that a facet of self-conscious humour reverberates through his oeuvre without a care if it falls on fertile ground with the recipients of his emissions, it adds a refreshing layer of idiosyncrasy.
A fulminant evening paying homage to everything gloomy, haunting and dark yet infused with a gritty alt-country-rockishness and other Americana that result in a refreshing groovy vibe and catchiness that made the performance enjoyable for more reasons than mere aesthetics.
In layman’s terms, this is the perfect soundtrack for a sleazy strip club and tonight’s performance was testament to the fact that the Armageddon Gigolo has a lot more to offer than the stereotypes of the genre he originally emerged from would have you think.
You do want to experience King Dude.
Photos by @k.a.vv
Water of Life – Iniquity Distillery Batch 017 You are not mistaken if you claim that Iniquity and its artisanal expressions have been previously covered as part of our ... read more
Sunn O))) with Caspar Brötzmann, 09/10/2019 Kaserne, Basel CH On this cold, somewhat rainy evening in Basel, the expectations for what will come are high. Sunn O))) are riding the waves of Life ... read more
The World’s Toughest Races Ali Clarke Affirm Press People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But I don’t ... read more
Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities Cirque du Soleil Big Top, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park Sydney, Australia October 2, 2019 Cirque du Soleil is quite something. Ever since its inception ... read more
Water of Life – Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky 3rd Batch Archie Rose is the one that almost got away. Having made a name for itself on the forefront ... read more
Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:
Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.