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King Prawn

King Prawn: Got The ThirstGot The Thirst (2003)
Golf Records UK

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: adamAdam
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I'm under the impression that London's King Prawn had quite a following in Europe (apparently the band recently split) . While it's easy to see why, I can't say that Got The Thirst is going to add me to that legion. King Prawn is most commonly stuck with the ska-punk tag but it is really too .
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I'm under the impression that London's King Prawn had quite a following in Europe (apparently the band recently split) . While it's easy to see why, I can't say that Got The Thirst is going to add me to that legion.

King Prawn is most commonly stuck with the ska-punk tag but it is really too narrow a label for the band. The first two songs on this record "Bring Down the House" and "The Dominant View" run the gamut of influences from Rage Against The Machine to Sublime. Much of the band's vocals fall more on the side of aggressive rap rather than true reggae toasting. It's not too much of a stretch to say the group sounds like a more metallic Zebrahead worshiping at the alter of Bradley Nowell.

What puts me off about King Prawn is that their hip-hop and metal tendencies tend to conflict with their ska/reggae side. The hyper-kinetic instrumentation and aggressive vocals often kill the rhythm and groove that's a part of ska. One place that sound does work well is in the verses of "Smoke Some Shit," yet that song's childish chorus and subject matter are cringe-worthy. While tracks like "Bitter Taste" and "Gather Round" spin these influences together well, others like the political "Raise The Banner" loose me with their lack of a strong melody to tie things together. It's the same reason why the manic ska of the Voodoo Glow Skulls can seem overbearing at times.

I can understand why this band receives so many accolades for expanding their influences and growing beyond the rut that other late 90s ska-punk bands fell into. However King Prawn's scattershot of musical directions makes it so that they never seem truely comfortable in their own skin. Despite having so many influences from music that's traditionally rhythm oriented, King Prawn seems averse to relaxing their breakneck pace and developing the melodies these songs need to tie them together. If you're a fan of Zebrahead, the Voodoo Glow Skulls, or (to a lesser extent) more "out-there" ska-punk like late Blue Meanies or Leftover Crack you'll appreciate this album's eccentricities. However if you're looking for something with more of a reggae or 2-Tone bent, you won't find it here.

 

 
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nedsammy (July 11, 2012)

Not a perfect album, but so good.

eyeball_kid (November 7, 2003)

www.aloud.com has em

Anonymous (November 6, 2003)

20th december?
where to get tickets, i'm going from sweden.

eyeball_kid (November 6, 2003)

King Prawn remind me of Fishbone in many ways - the best live show you will ever see coupled with seriously hit and miss albums. How they can go from an intelligent song about the crisis in the middle east (bring down the house) to a song about 'smoking shit' is beyond me.

Adam, you have to agree that the bass throughout the album is fantastic and the final instrumental track is top class. They have (had) their own unique sound in the uk 'scene' and were a shining light in a sea of poor quality English Reel Big Fishes.

Their last ever show is on 20th of December at the Mean Fiddler in London if anyone's interested.

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

Ive only ever eard Dominant View but alredy these guys annoy me i hate them so much!

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

damn, they were a fucking fine liveband, always a good time, even though it was alot of hiphop.

adam (November 4, 2003)

For those that asked, this is from the King Prawn website:

KP SPLIT?

Yes it's true. Everyone's doing it so we've decided to hang up the mic, plectrum and sticks. Our last ever show will be on Saturday 27th September in the North Pole. We will not be playing with the VGS in November or with Capdown (as rumoured).

We'd like to thank all the bands, friends and people that we've met along the way for making us feel welcome wherever we've gone. There has never been a dull moment.

Unfortunately, our mailing system is down, so spread the word...

-adam

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Im glad to see a british band which gets the review it deserves because they rock

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

yeeaah! finally, smoke some shit on an album!

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

THEY SPLIT UP!?!?!?
when?

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Good album, saw em supportin reel big fish.

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