Last night We The Kings took to the stage at Scala, to soak up the admiration and excitement of an audience well warmed by The Blitz Kids and Natives.
Travis Clark’s wild mop of red hair bounced onto the stage and We The Kings burst into life. The set was lively and enjoyable, the crowd banter was cheerful and comedic with thoughtful moments as Travis sincerely told the audience that the success of the band was down to the fans, and he never forgot that. This sentiment could have come across as perhaps patronising or or contrived, but somehow everyone present in Scala seemed to genuinely believe Travis, and why shouldn’t they? We The Kings success has grown in the past 18 months, thanks not only to their catchy pop punk tunes but also to the inclusion of YouTube sensation Charles Trippy on bass. Charles’ daily vlogs, and the community of the CTFxC that surround them have brought We The Kings to a new audience – a highly engaged and enthusiastic one as well.
Whether playing songs from their first, second or most recent album, We The Kings don’t give off any attitude of being sick or bored of the same set list. Their love of performing and feeding off an excitable crowd is clear, and the crowd interaction was fantastic. Included within the set were three covers, a solo acoustic performance of Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours by Travis Clark that had the whole audience belting it out, a fantastic cover of Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child that really fused the genres of the two bands well and worked amazingly, and finally a Jimmy Eat World cover as the penultimate song. Unsurprisingly We The Kings ended the night by singing the song that kickstarted their career, Check Yes Juliet. This up tempo, romantic pop rock song was the perfect ending to their brilliant set. Travis’ parting words with the audience before the finale were, “I want you to use the next three minutes and forty-five seconds to do whatever you need to, to make this the best night of your life.” and the audience duly went for it!
If American pop punk is not your thing, then fair enough, but if you haven’t heard We The Kings I’d recommend checking them out. Their live show does not disappoint and even with a self confessed bad throat, Travis Clark belted out the songs superbly. Fab night, fun audience, decent venue (drinks were unsurprisingly expensive) and a bunch of great guys doing what they love on stage.