There is a bar that was set in the 90’s when the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC came on the scene for boy bands. Then everything seemed to shift… To me the first shift was One Direction‘s song Night Changes. Then it was 5 Seconds of Summer. This band and song came to my interest in a matter of a few years… To summarize why they caught my attention is because of their genres. While OD were mainly a very pop boy band, their song Night Changes was a more alternative pop song. 5SOS are, in my opinion, an alternative pop rock band. King Calaway has set their own bar by storming into the music industry with an alternative pop country theme… To me that’s good progress for where boy bands seem to be headed.
King Calaway are made up of 6 unique musicians… Chad, Jordan, and Simon are the primary frontman singers, while Chris, Austin, and Caleb back them up with their own instruments. Their shared influences for KC are bands like the Eagles, Keith Urban, and Ed Sheeran. I was fortunate to get Chad’s main influence as he answered some interview questions, “for me, it all started with Elvis Presley. I started listening to him when I was around 9 years old and my whole world changed. He had energy in his voice that I so badly wanted to have”. King Calaway have been so lucky to achieve already so much together, they’ve had the chance to play on James Corden’s Late Late Night Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and multiple other large venues and tours. They have also been very successful with their solo careers, including anything from CMA Award performers to BBC TV appearances. But what is more important to them is their fan base. “We’ve been so fortunate to make fans that range across different generations. From people who grew up spinning classic country vinyl, to kids who live in a world with Spotify and TikTok. We love getting to meet fans of all ages and backgrounds, and we welcome everyone. It’s been amazing to see how people relate to certain songs and what each one means to them,” says Chad.
“For ‘Rivers’, we wanted to find songs that could help us develop a new, unique, and original sound. We were all heavily influenced by The Eagles, CSNY, and other classic harmony-based bands, so we wanted to incorporate those inspirations with a contemporary sound.”
-Chad Michael Jervis (King Calaway Frontman/Vocals) [10/18/2019]
I’m really happy that I had the chance to review King Calaway, especially since country is a genre I’m beginning to listen to a bit more of. I’ll say that my favorite songs by KC are Rivers, Grow Old, and World For Two. Those songs are really catchy, but the rest I don’t really feel the same about… I’m sure I will further down the line, but for now I’ll jam out to those three. Furthermore, I want them to expand and push their sound and abilities. They have a lot going for them right now and I would just love to see them keep the ball rolling.
“It was one of the first songs pitched to us for the record. We have the best time playing the song live, and the chorus lyrics really speak to us. ‘I know where we belong, I know where we feel free.'”
King Calaway are currently working on promoting their music as much as possible, their PR Advisor (I’ll mention him below) said to me that they were working on putting the band on the Today show. I’m not sure if that has happened yet however. For their sound, Chad tells me, “we’re always gonna be evolving our sound. I think though, no matter where we go with the music, it’s mostr5 important to us that we always keep a live feeling to our sound. We recorded the album mostly live, recording the instruments altogether, as well as the vocals. I want us to keep that element of our sound alive in our future songs and albums.” In fact, they’ve already started working on their second album with bunch of Nashville musicians… And they are hoping to hit the tour bus in 2020. So it looks like everything is on the way up for King Calaway.