A headline tour and a love-hate ballad single? Crowns are coming of age
They've had an "awesome summer" of festival shows and now Cornish fish punk warriors Crowns are setting out on their first headline tour of UK venues.
It kicks off in a couple of weeks' time at a Devon pub that has a longstanding reputation for hosting some of the best up-and-coming acts – the Jolly Farmer in Newton Abbot.
In the meantime the Launceston-bred four-piece – Bill Jefferson on guitar and lead vocals, Jake Butler on bass and vocals, Jack Speckleton on mandolin and backing vocals and newest recruit Rob Ramplin on drums – are busy rehearsing and recording some brand new tracks at Rak Studios in London, as well as gearing up for the release of their forthcoming single.
Titled My London, it's the only ballad on their debut album, Stitches in the Flag, released on their own Ship Wreckords label earlier this year – a complete contrast to the rollercoaster ride of high-energy punked-up folk-underbellied songs that have won them an army of fans right across the UK and beyond.
"It's a kind of love-hate ballad," explains Bill. "Some people might think it's completely pro-London, but it's actually about enjoying the fruits of the capital but missing being home in Cornwall too."
Crowns are a band who straddle musical genres and appeal to young, old and all stages in between, so they've played a broad spectrum of festivals, starting with Download, which has a reputation as a heavy rock event, but is also breaking more into the drum n bass dance field.
"Either way, it's not the kind of place you would expect us to be, but it turned out to be one of the best of the summer," says Bill. "Rockers seem to love us."
Next stop was their long dreamed-of Glastonbury debut where they went down a storm on the Avalon stage.
"It's a stage that tends to aim for the original rootsy spirit of Glastonbury; Bruce Forsyth played the same one – he arrived in a limo, though."
An early slot at Hard Rock Calling at the Olympic Park in East London on the same bill as Bruce Springsteen was followed by the small and friendly 2,000 Trees where they were much higher up the bill. Contrasting Westcountry dates at Chagstock and Boardmasters set them up for last weekend's whistlestop sprint to Reading and Leeds festivals.
There are no Cornish dates on the September tour, but Bill says fans should watch out for their special guest appearance at Looe Music Festival at the end of the month.
Crowns are at the Jolly Farmer, Newton Abbot on Friday, September 13, with support from Crazy Arm. Visit facebook.com/crownsband.