Tuesday, October 17, 8pm, $5
Desert stoner rock from Phoenix, Arizona
Any journey begins with a single, small step and as such, the newly renamed King Chiefs‘ journey began as a compact but powerful two-piece band in the Phoenix, Arizona area in 2012. Originally known as simply Chiefs, they play that type of blazing desert rock that can only be forged under the harsh gaze of the Sonoran sun. After releasing a couple early demos and playing numerous show around the Phoenix valley, the band expended it’s reach with a series of small regional tours that eventually led to the band relocating to California. Shortly after settling down in San Diego, the band self-released a four song demo titled Buffalo Roam, which found them embarking on numerous tours around the Southwest and West Coast.
Over time the band grew, first to a three-piece, then finally adding a permanent bass player and lead guitar player to morph into the four-piece form they are in today. These additions to the band raised the impact of the music, elevating it to the powerful live animal they are now. It was this iteration of the band that released its first full length album Tomorrow’s Over on west coast underground record label Battleground Records in February of 2015. The album garnered many favorable reviews and positive responses from fans and writers alike, further cementing King Chiefs as a band that simply must be caught live.
The band turned this momentum into a series of US tours, where they dazzled audiences across the country with their incendiary live set. People have compared their live act to such notable bands form the past as Helmet, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Dozer and more. This was enough hype for Ripple Music to step in and ask them to be part of their Second Coming Of Heavy series, which saw them releasing a split LP with Desert Suns as Vol. V of the long running LP series.
Now looking to the future, King Chiefs is dedicated and devoted to the almighty riff and will continue making music for many years to come…
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see this band joining the ranks of other veteran stoner rockers in time. Tomorrow’s Over feels like something that could have just as easily have been released in the 90’s and that is definitely not a bad thing.” – Ghost Cult Magazine
“ ‘Like A Match’…lolls sleepily atop a pile of distortion pedels and Kyuss records. It’s low, slow, desert rock that makes for a perfectly mellow soundtrack to your booze-battered brain’s gently malevolent pulsating. Tune in, drop out—then take a nap.” – Noisey
“Tomorrow’s Over is the perfect love-letter to bands past and present within the Desert/Stoner Rock scene though also showing CHIEFS are no mere copycats but a brilliant band within their own right.” – The Sludgelord
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