King Of Spain are an inescapably British four piece hailing from Balham, South London. Offering up Battleships And Aeroplanes as their much anticipated debut album, the CD is a melting pot of stand-out British musical genres culminating in a tidy, well written album. Although at times it has the occasional stroke of originality, on occasions the album can feel somewhat nostalgic and leave the audience feeling slightly confused.
Battleships And Aeroplanes is well written and irrepressibly British in so many ways. It sems to have been realised as a tip-of-the-cap to the major musical movements in the UK over the last 40 years. Lashings of 80s mod/punk and 90s Brit-pop/indie take centre stage, whilst the 60s folk elements and 70s high-gain guitar rock licks take more of a back seat, but make their presence known at every possible opportunity.
The opening guitar riff to Menagerie is more upbeat and catchy, and it is probably the closest thing to a pop song that you will get (compared to anything else on the album) with some real commercial potential. Bacon on the other hand, opens with a Radiohead-esque style chord structure, but surprises listeners by breaking into an upbeat song that maintains the pace and happy-go-lucky theme all of the way through the track.