'glamourKings has got my attention because they have created a monster that is worthy of sincere recognition.' - Jimmy Rae, Skopemag
Limitless branding potential for their catchy moniker aside, there’s nothing truly glamorous about glamourKings, the fiery tart-tongued power trio that’s generously making us a one-time offer: a Front Row Seat To The End Of The World.
Fed up with our superficial, media fed and driven culture and the overall “ignorance is bliss” vibe of folks in their native Long Island, brothers Michael Urge (vocals, guitar, bass, synth) and John Biordi (drums), along with Jon Billian (live synth/guitars) forge a blistering fusion of electronic, dance and attitude heavy hard rock energy as a healthy, constructive outlet for their aggression. With deeper focus and more thematically linked lyrical bluntness than they displayed on their well-received 2007 debut For Full Stimulation, they’ve cornered the indie market on a dynamic new sub-genre they unabashedly refer to as “pissed off dance rock.”
And their ironic name? That’s more than just a pointed barb at a whiny suburban society, but a universal critique of a new culture lusting over reality television, diet fads, television degradation, cosmetic surgery, insecurity, chewed up-bubble gum music and celebrities. glamourKings is here to point out—over some of the funkiest, high energy rock grooves you’ve ever heard—the foibles of a world where the new “talent” is an individual hoping to be at the very most an internet celebrity icon while still remaining voiceless, plastered on YouTube, and having several zeros to flaunt on their profile views.
“A lot of our anger and jadedness came from our surroundings while growing up,” says Urge. “But slowly the music we were playing started do drift away from straightforward rock and into more electronic dance rock. Our debut For Full Stimulation was a first experiment with that sound, but lyrically, it was all over the place and was more about personal and emotional stuff. This one is more polished and honed and fully reflects our awareness of what’s going on now in the world. We’re not predicting imminent doom or anything, but we’re basically calling people out and trying to get them to be aware of reality instead of living their lives being distracted by the latest meaningless pop culture scandal”. Says Biordi, “It seems most ordinary people want to feel like a star, and will do whatever it takes to get their own front row seat - even if the big show is a train wreck.”