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Published on February 1st, 2019 | by voxx


Ted Key and the Kingstons

Kardomah 94 – Hull

It’s not often an ex-House Martin buys you hot chocolate and cookies.

Tonight is the night Ted Key and the Kingstons release their debut album, Raconteur Rock, a swaggering record mashing reggae, punk, folk and raucous anthemic rock.

Joined by renowned Golborne Road drummer Nick Harrison, and producer/promoter and writer Paul Greendale on bass, the trio bring their own brand of thoughtful, toe-tapping, hip-wiggling pop gems.


It’s plain to see the influences and origins of the sound. The social commentary and story style narrative of the first House Martins record shines through, including catchy choruses and sincere, honest lyrics. Later in the set, we even get a short but sweet solo rendition of ‘Happy Hour’, met with rapturous applause.

He’s a fan of The Clash, as any real music fan should be. This is obvious, but if you’re not sure, ‘Me copy O’London Calling’ should cover the basics. The Strummer-esq, reggae-infused, clean guitar extends further, sprinkled throughout tracks like ‘Len’s Lion’ and ‘As Drunk as a Drunk Man Can Be’.

‘(You treat me like I’m) Dead Bod’ struts in with a bluesy, Stones-style stomp, with hooky lead guitar and punchy percussion. ‘Oh Cruella’ soars with driving bass, sounding like a 50’s American rockabilly blazer – a harking to Ted’s tenure in The Gargoyles. Pure brilliance.

And then there’s the incredible ‘Anarchy in Argos’.



It’s an intimate, relaxed and easy going affair, made all the more so by how welcoming the band are – and who can say they’ve been to an album launch where you get free hot chocolate and cookies in the intermission?

Raconteur Rock is available now through streaming services, and physically via Amazon.

- Words by Luke Goodhand | Photography by Rowan Zynoni

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