Once you’ve had a near death experience the chances are you’re probably going to cram as much as you possibly can into your remaining time on the planet. With his new single Bam Bam the unique and debonair King Charles does just that. It’s as if the man with the big hair and streak for philosophy has sieved as many influences as he can and stored them all up in a bottle named life. Now he’s given the bottle a good old shake, popped off the cork and allowed Bam Bam to explode into your ears. A frantic skewed rockabilly racer underlain with Beach Boys backing vocals, jaunty hooks and speed-for-the-finish-line-vocals it’s hideously catchy in all the right ways.
“Bam Bam is the first of two songs about Mississippi Isabel to be released as singles ahead of my debut album,” the man himself says. We can only assume that the other is either Love Lust, which first featured on Breaking More Waves way back in 2009, featuring as it does with the line “I wrote you a song Mississippi Isabel. I even sent you flowers when you felt ill,” or another song that seems to take the title Mississippi Isabel and can be found on various live video clips on the net. So the question for all you investigative types is, exactly who is Mississippi Isabel? Answers on a postcard please.
This future album has been a long time coming, but it’s going to finally see the light of day in February 2012 through Island records. Expect anything and everything when that comes out.
King Charles is a powerfully irresistible live act and you can catch him out on his Tail Lights Disco tour in the UK, starting in Aldershot on the 29 October, running through till the middle of November. Full dates are listed here.
In the meantime, enjoy his regally idiosyncratic, bonkers, all over the place / palace pop.Bam Bam by King Charles (Official)