EP Review: I Have Love // King Nun

They might be riding the Dirty Hit hype, but King Nun are far from your conventional indie act. With their ferociously sharp melodies and lyrical savviness, the quartet is not one to be pigeonholed.

On their debut EP, I Have Love, King Nun bring forth their best self. Branching out their punk-oriented soundscape, they tap into a wider scope of musical inspirations, resulting in a thrilling release.

Right off the bat it feels like a very natural progression for the quartet. The hammering intro of ‘Heavenly She Comes’ incarnates the pulse of energy that runs through the entire EP. The out of order romance unfolds into an instrumental carnage, a very promising opening.

‘Chinese Medicine’ sports a tight, dancy bass-line and an intriguing build-up. It’s fast, tight and still have an element of air to it.  The precision and recklessness seem to go hand in hand for the London boys creating a stand-out edge against the wall of noise.

On the EP, King Nun take all the little tweaks we’ve come to love from their singles, and pushed even further. ‘Family Portrait’s pop punk alibi still doesn’t fall pray to the clichés of then genre traits, and the lyrics stake out a story-telling that a lot of more mature acts would envy.

In five short tracks, King Nun manage to say a whole lot (including standing up for women on the banger, ‘Greasy Hotel’). They are not a band that is easy to pin down, and this undefinable quality is also their biggest musical asset. With heaps of charisma and a somewhat abstract mind-set to genre mixing, King Nun are on the rise. The precocious quartet have reached far for their debut EP and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the London quartet.

King Nun’s I Have Love EP is available to purchase now, the band set off on their debut UK tour on Tuesday 13th November. Full dates can be found below.

King Nun November UK Tour Dates
Tue 13 Manchester Jimmy’s
Wed 14 Liverpool Sound Basement
Thu 15 Sheffield Cafe Totem
Fri 16 Glasgow Garage
Sun 18 Leeds Hyde Park Book Club
Mon 19 Nottingham Bodega Social Club
Tue 20 Norwich Waterfront
Wed 21 London Camden Assembly
Thu 22 Bristol Louisiana
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Aurora Henni Krogh

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