we are king youngblood
King Youngblood has a singular mission: grab alt-rock by the collar and drag it into the willing arms of a new generation of rock fans fueling the unstoppable resurgence of rock. Led by 21-year-old Cameron Lavi-Jones, King Youngblood’s music is where the future of “rock music” is heading according to many top music industry leaders and taste-makers including producer Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and Soundgarden) and London Bridge studio owner and producer Eric Lilavois (Ayron Jones, Smokey Brights, My Chemical Romance, Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Death Cab For Cutie).
King Youngblood’s sound incorporates a unique blend of alt-rock, Indie-rock and pop-rock ballads, both live and looped drums, hook-laden and anthemic arena rock choruses and lyrics overflowing with intersectionality and social justice messages. The songs stand strong full electric as well as unplugged, stripped down to Lavi-Jones singing with an acoustic guitar or adding his band mates on acoustic cello and bass. King Youngblood’s sound is rooted in the tradition of current and very successful Rock, Alt-Rock, Indie-rock and Pop-Rock artist like Foo Fighters, Cage the Elephant, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Twenty One Pilots, Foster the People, Weezer, Gang of Youths, Royal Blood, Fever 333 and even on a guitar driven energy and social justice message level of Tom Morello’s Rage Against the Machine. The social justice element to Lavi-Jones’ writing resonates with the fans of other bands and artists who are speaking up about Black Lives Matters and our current political climate.
With drums for many of the new songs coming from Soundgarden and Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron, and production primarily in the hands of Kasper with input from Lilavois and other industry professionals, King Youngblood’s upcoming body of work, God I am Exhausted, is fast becoming one of the most anticipated albums in the alt-rock music scene especially in the band’s Pacific Northwest Region where Lavi-Jones is not only well known for leading his band but also as a prolific multi-instrumentalist session player, producer and engineer at Studio Sage, one of the top hip hop studios in the region.
King Youngblood shows rock hard and could explode into moshing or, to soften the blow, erupt into a giant feather pillow fight. A King Youngblood show, could also be a secret intimate unplugged Sofar show. No matter the venue–Lavi-Jones and his band always provide an electrifying show.
A strong belief in doing what is right lies at the core of what drives Lavi-Jones and his band and 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 band King Youngblood gives me the forum to speak my mind and lift up others.”
Says Producer Adam Kasper, “I believe Cameron Lavi-Jones is as talented, and I might say even further along than, for instance, Dave Grohl was when he launched the Foo Fighters. The songs are there. The production is current and young fans are embracing Lavi-Jones on so many levels. I make this particular comparison because I was there at the time. To me, Cameron and King Youngblood and Dave and the Foo Fighters have a similar appeal, particularly as live performers and with rock on the rise King Youngblood’s emergence on the music scene is well timed.”
"I believe Cameron Lavi-Jones is as talented, and I might say even further along than, for instance, Dave Grohl was when he launched the Foo Fighters. I make this particular comparison because I was there at the time. To me, Cameron and King Youngblood and Dave and the Foo Fighters have a similar appeal, particularly as live performers.
Adam Kasper, Producer
"Gypsy Temple's sound is a fantastic explosion of guitar, bass, cello and drums. Influences include Jimi Hendrix, My Morning Jacket, OB, Lenny Kravitz, Bob Marley, and many more. The lyrics are deep and truthful and the melodies stay with you for days.”
"King Youngblood’s goal to connect on a human level and appeal to people’s emotions is a theme they will also revisit on their forthcoming album, God I Am Exhausted, which will feature some work with drummer Matt Cameron of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam and Adam Kasper, who has worked with names virtually all the top Seattle grunge bands as well as the likes of Aerosmith and Queens of the Stone Age.”