Kings of Spade is Bringing Its "Fun, Heavy, and Danceable" Blues-Rock to Viva PHX
While bands and musicians from all over the states will head to the Valley for next Friday's Viva Phoenix music festival, none will travel as far as Honolulu-based rockers Kings of Spade. The five-piece band will be jetting from their island home to the mainland as a part of their current tour in support of their 2013 self-titled album, including a stop-off in the Valley before heading to Austin for South By Southwest.
Courtesy Photo Jesse Savio (left) and Kasi Nunes of Kings of Spade.
Kings of Spade, formerly known as X Factor, will be joining Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special, Zero Zero, The Burning of Rome, Bears of Manitou, Rusty Maples, and Treasurefruit at Last Exit Live during Viva Phoenix on Friday, March 7.
Performing at the festival is something that Kings of Spade guitarist Jesse Savio is looking forward to, especially since he's a former Valley resident and a fan of many of the aforementioned bands.
"We love Phoenix," he says. "I really didn't know it had such a vibrant music scene, I lived here for six months before I was 21, so I couldn't really go out and experience live music. So when we came back for the first time we were really impressed with all the musicians and the tightness of the bands. We also met one of our favorite bands to play with who we [also] became really good friends with, Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special."
Savio, a talented guitarist whose riffs on "This Child" the first song on their album are simple but catchy, helps create Kings of Spade's hard rock/blues sound, which is really accentuated by the wide vocal range of lead singer Kasi Nunes.