King Hannah report from Portugal and tell us about jesters hats, chocolate Cornettos and favourite bands
King Hannah are something of an enigma.
A fairly new band, it is difficult to track them down to see what they are all about. Their social profile is low, gigs are few and far between. Finding their music online ends in frustration.
But persistence is recommended, because King Hannah are special. Often described as being ‘built around’ lead singer Hannah Merrick, King Hannah create a beautiful, haunting blues with Merrick’s vocals taking centre stage and driving the songs emotional current.
Live, King Hannah create their own mood, their own world, one that draws the listener in and captivates. It sounds a journalistic cliché to say that here is one to watch, bit in this case it is most definitely true.
We caught up with Hannah to try to find out more about them in our latest 13 Questions feature. So what is going on with King Hannah?
- Where are you and what are you doing?
‘Eating a chocolate Cornetto by the pool in Portugal and it’s very yummy! ‘
- What is your favourite film?
‘I can’t think, but my fave film so far this year is Blue Is The Warmest Colour. I did love My Girl growing up though, I literally thought I was Vada Sultenfuss.’
- What makes you frustrated?
‘Bad manners and arrogance and mean people.’
- Recommend one band or album that you think we should check out?
‘I’m rubbish at this one, you’ll already know everyone I know! Just anything from The War on Drugs, Radiohead, Car Seat Headrest, Pavement, Portishead, Kurt Vile, Mazzy Star etc, etc. Maybe try Portishead‘s ‘Dummy’?’
- What’s your first memory?
‘I’ve been thinking of this answer for aaaaaages now and just don’t know sorry, it’s too hard. I have no idea.’
- What would be your final meal if you were on Death Row?
‘My mama’s big dinner.’
- What was the first gig you went to?
‘The Spice Girls.’
- Where did you last go on holiday?
‘I’m here right now!’
- Tell us a secret…
‘I was a season ticket holder at Elland Road from the age of 7-21. I dressed head-to-toe Leeds for every game…coat, scarf, jester hat, the lot’
- Vinyl, CD, MP3 or Streaming?
‘Well, Spotify is how I listen to music so I guess streaming’
- What’s your favourite season and why?
‘I genuinely love every season going, but winter clothes win deffo.’
- Do you have any pre-gig superstitions?
‘I don’t know about the boys, but I guess mine is to not think about it, else I end up thinking about it too much and that’s not good!’
- Do you have anything else to declare?
‘An aim in life is to appear on other people’s music, so get in touch if you need a vocalist! Also, Craig got me into Raymond Carver short stories, highly recommend if you get chance! Ps we’ll have music out soon, promise!’
King Hannah, Pale Rider and Beija Flo play the Sound City Getintothis stage at Hangar34 on May 5