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Alternative Press calls King Youngblood “Seattle’s Alt Rock Princes” - they sure got that right. Twenty-two-year-old founder and frontman Cameron Lavi-Jones, along with bassist Hamoon Milaninia, drummer Alix Daniels, and cellist Chet Peterson have a singular mission: grab heavy guitar/drums rock by the collar and drag it into the willing arms of the new generation of fans current fueling the resurgence of Rock. King Youngblood crafts beautifully crisp, deeply soulful, and elegantly strong songs.
King Youngblood has been leading the rising Pacific Northwest pack long before pop’s biggest names started embracing cathartic rock music. Led by Black/Jewish Lavi-Jones, King Youngblood’s music is an instrumental leap towards the future of big, guitar-driven music. Already championed by the likes of multiplatinum producer Phillip Peterson (A$AP Rocky, Portugal the Man, Pink) and London Bridge studio owner and producer Eric Lilavois (Ayron Jones, My Chemical Romance, Macklemore, Death Cab for Cutie), the band’s sound incorporates a unique blend of heavy guitars and drums coupled with an electrified acoustic cello, shining a light on the melodic pop hooks that underpin their compositions.
Says Lilavois, “I believe Lavi-Jones is a force, a one-of-a-kind talent. His songs are powerful and poetic, the production is current, and young fans are really embracing Lavi-Jones and his band on many levels, largely in part to their incredible, high-energy live show. Particularly with Rock, guitar, and drum-driven Pop Rock, & Afropunk on the rise again, King Youngblood’s emergence on the scene is well-timed, especially now that touring is back – this band is a must see live.” Indeed, the band’s unstoppable live shows have earned them opening slots for the likes of Pearl Jam, Naked Giants, and Ayron Jones.
Lead single “Home Is Only A House”, along with its companion video directed by AFROPUNK star musician/director Danny Denial, is “a song real-time processing the truth that you should never have to convince someone to be in your life” according to Lavi-Jones. ‘I wrote it as a means to cope with a messy, confusing, breakup. This song is an affirmation for me; a reminder to never settle on a situation where you have to convince someone to see your light.”
A strong belief in doing what is right lies at the core of what drives Lavi-Jones and his band. A second-generation Black/Jewish activist whose father was a member of the Black Panther Party, King Youngblood is here to put the world on notice that there is an army of dedicated, progressive young people determined to change the course of world history, one note at a time. That belief seeps into his creative expressions as a musician, an activist, and as a human. Lavi-Jones: “As a black Jew, I’ve been incredibly lucky to grow up with a sense of pride in who I am and my dual cultures, without ever having to look at them as opposite sides of a coin. People that look like me have spent too much time being shoved in the shadows. I have something to say, and I am grateful my songs and my band give me the forum to speak my mind and lift up others.”
Through the music of King Youngblood, Lavi-Jones and his compatriots have boldly declared that unironic, melodic rock ’n roll continues to stand tall as a vibrant medium of self-expression.
PUTTING THE WORLD ON NOTICE
A strong belief in doing what is right, lies at the core of what drives Lavi-Jones and his band. That belief seeps into his creative expressions as a musician, an activist, and as a human. Lavi-Jones: “As a black Jew, I’ve been incredibly lucky to grow up with a sense of pride in who I am and my dual cultures, without ever having to look at them as opposite sides of a coin. People that look like me have spent too much time being shoved in the shadows. I have something to say and I am grateful my songs and my band King Youngblood give me the forum to speak my mind and lift up others.”
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King Youngblood’s sound incorporates a unique blend of heavy guitars and drums coupled with an electrified acoustic cello complete with duck-taped F holes, that sometimes supports and sometimes leads the more pop-sounding melodic hooks that are signature to King Youngblood’s rock-pop with Afropunk undertones sound. The band uses both live and looped drums, hook-laden, and anthemic arena rock choruses, and lyrics overflowing with intersectionality, and messages of social justice. “Home is one of the songs I’ve been really itching to record with the guys. The song has such high energy that translates well both in the studio and for sure when we play it live,” says drummer Alix Daniel. Says bassist Hamoon “Moon” Milaninia, ”Working on Home is Only a House was a blast. It’s always a great time getting into new recording spaces like Studio Sage and recording a song we’ve perfected after such a long wait to do anything big – being with my band-mates recording and performing is even more important to me after the big Covid-pause.” King Youngblood’s show rocks hard, and could explode into moshing or, a giant feather pillow fight (that was a mess to clean up!). A King Youngblood show, could also be a secret intimate unplugged show because the songs hold up so well unplugged and raw. “My first show with King Youngblood at Barboza in Seattle this July 2021 was insane; to watch a packed house moshing, pulsating and singing all the words was just mind blowing for me,” says cellist Chet Peterson, “I had never used a Wah pedal with a cello before King Youngblood! It was fucking awesome watching the fans get into it.” No matter the venue, King Youngblood always put on an electrifying take no prisoners rock show fit for the big stage.