We Three Kings of garage/fuzz rock royalty from Manchester, UK have released their second EP Fire, and their latest single from it, The Barrel, may be their best track yet.
As the band name implies, We Three Kings is only comprised of 3 members – Rich on guitar and vocals, Pete on drums, and Dawson on bass, but they easily sound as if there were at least 5 people playing. This is in large part due to the extreme fuzziness of both the guitar and bass that creates a solid wall of sound that’s very akin to Motorhead. Rich’s Iron Maiden-like vocals are the cherry on top.
The Barrel isn’t trying to mask what it’s about with clever lyrics or juxtaposing melodies. It’s a straight rock and roll tune that deals with getting screwed over and just being angry about it. This may sound like a bad thing, but in fact it’s one of the biggest strengths of the track, and what makes We Three Kings so great. The band isn’t trying to be anything other than what they want to be, and in a world where artists often try to combine different genres to no avail, We Three Kings stick to their guns and own what they do.
While The Barrel doesn’t reinvent the wheel or push the envelope of the rock genre, the underlying beauty of the song is that it just doesn’t need to. We Three Kings are experts at what they do, and what they do is make heavy blues-rock. The Barrel is the perfect example of why that mentality of perfecting one thing is better than being mediocre at multiple things.