Justin King has dramatically reshaped and extended the language of the acoustic guitar, introducing his own unique and outstanding techniques. With the intensity and passion with which he plays, Justin brings a quality to the music that is far beyond just his mastery of a dizzying variety of forms.
After being signed then released from Epic records, Justin King and his band went back to Justin's Blackberry Hill Studios in Eugene, OR and recorded the 5 songs on Fall/Rise entirely on their own. Justin produced, engineered, and mixed the record, in addition to writing, playing and singing on it. Dynamic in range, density, and texture, the EP features everything from driving rock to electronic drum programming to solo acoustic performances, all enhanced by a strong melodic sense.
In addition to the 5 songs with the band, this enhanced CD features a video of Justin performing one of his virtuoso solo acoustic guitar pieces, this one on a custom-made doubleneck acoustic.
The band plans to tour extensively in 2007, both in support of this EP and in support of their full length which will be released independently sometime in late spring.
For more info, pictures and videos see www.myspace.com/justinkingband
Video (solo guitar: be wowed!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbQ9y8DCQhI
Band Video ("Change"): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es4wxtn1MdM
What press has to say?
"One part guitar virtuoso and one part nascent pop star, Justin King visits from Oregon to rock out on his acoustic guitar and tap on some wicked riffs."
- San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Justin King’s songs are layer-after-layer of musical savvy soaking with sophistication, it is no wonder that each show amasses a collection of wobbly-kneed, speechless, star-struck fans." - Feb 2007, Hotel Cafe in LA, show review, www.lataco.com/taco/justin-king-live-hotel-cafe-hollywood
"I must have caught Justin King early in his career. If he doesn’t rise any higher in the music industry, it means the system is so broken it can no longer recognize real talent--or maybe Justin King is just happy where he is. Certainly, he has everything a singer-songwriter hack like John Mayer has, the difference being King’s startling technicality. Forgive me for being coarse, but this guy can play guitar like a motherfucker. He has an odd style, combining finger picking, slap-and-pop, tapping, and even frailing to dynamic effect. I don’t know if other people play guitar like this, but if they do, I want to know their names."
-Praetorian for http://acquired.trivialbeing.net