"King Of The Castle"
HOW THE SONG CAME ABOUT
The main riff was written on my Dad's old 1970's Guild D40NT acoustic guitar. I write most of my songs on acoustic (even the heavy stuff)....and for all intents and purposes is my Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”.
I wanted a solid, four to the floor, groove to close out this album and not unlike the Led Zeppelin hit, King Of The Castle did just that...
In early 2020, I asked Jordan Holt from Space Junk Is Forever if he would add some of his Hammond organ onto some tracks I was working on. He agreed but suggested I ask Madden Klass, their drummer to play as well. This was right at the start of the lockdown, so she was unable to gig...so she needed the money more than he.
What I got back were some of the most extraordinary parts I could've asked for. It was a treat to have them "do their thing" atop my music since I've been such of fan of their own music for several years.
In the interim, I had Mathew Pike lay down the lead vocals. I had finished them, which you can still slightly hear buried within the mix, but since I wanted to make this a "collab" track of sorts, it was apt that I have him come in.
So between Mathew’s “Chris Cornell-esque” voice, Madden's rock solid drum beat and Jordan’s insatiable organ sounds, this tune turned into the albums final epic statement that it needed.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Lyrically from the surface one would assume that this song was another thread from the whole “king” regal type of vibe throughout.
Quite the contrary.
I’m always interested and fascinated about how people act when they're in public or around other people...compared to when they’re home and behind closed doors. Specifically the way parents treat their children in public, compared to how they treat ‘em when no one is looking.
The narrative tells the story from the viewpoint of a Father and how at home he is “king” and a force to be reckoned with..but in public he is an epitome of a great parent.
It was inspired by my own fears and doubts about myself being a good Father. I do my best to try and balance my life out. Kids, wife, work, family etc etc...but there’s always that nagging voice in my head saying…
“you’re shit. You’re ruining your kids life”
...all because I want to sit in my studio and play guitar. Lol.
The song is now out on all streaming services along with a music video I made on my iPhone.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. - You can order The Forfeit King CD here.