KNGDAVD - "Shame" (audio) (premiere)

by Jedd Beaudoin

24 May 2017

KNGDAVD gets subtly sophisticated on latest single.

We are pleased to premiere the new single from KNGDAVD, “Shame”, which possesses raw rock sensibilities with a bit of soul and pop. The band’s bio mentions something about the White Stripes, Black Keys, and Freddie Mercury, but that’s only part of the equation. This is music that breaks at least a small patch of new ground, incorporating contemporary touches with elements that have lasting appeal. Much of the last comes from Tye James’ immediately enchanting voice, one of those that arrives just in the nick of time to remind us that, yes, someone out there can still really sing. Producer/multi-instrumentalist Jon Buscema builds the foundation for James’ church, creating an excellent, hefty base for the song’s soaring, sometimes ethereal melody.
Early press plays upon the contrast between the two musicians (James brings the lightness of pop, Buscema the weight of rock) and though it may just be a good hook for a press release, it’s also at the core of what makes KNGDAVD tick. As pop music becomes increasingly monochromatic here’s something that has subtle shifts in color and texture, that plays with a wide field of emotion and sound. Though the duo is decidedly tight-lipped about the creation of the track (offering only an “everything that needs to be said is in the song”-style statement), that only enhances our intrigue.

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