''Kings Go Forth's popularity is due in large part to its raw and retro R&B sound, which employs funky backbeats, big horns, three-part vocals, and naturalistic, lo-fi production.''-- The Onion
In 2009, Kings Go Forth burst onto the international soul/funk underground with a series of three self-released 45 rpm singles. (The first disc, One Day b/w You're The One, was pressed in an edition of 500 copies that now command up to $200 apiece on various Internet auction sites.) Now signed to Luaka Bop, 'The Outsiders Are Back' was preceded by a 12inch single, Don't Take My Shadow, containing multiple mixes and edits created by the legendary Tom Moulton, a pioneering remixer of the early disco era.
Here at last is a band creating its own immediately identifiable sound from a broad palette of classic R&B (mid-Sixties Chicago, early-Seventies Philadelphia, and other sources far more obscure); setting that sound to Black Wolf's timeless lyrics of love and loss, despair and hope and delivering it all with fierce urgency and undeniable emotional commitment. There is power in Kings Go Forth's multi-ethnic makeup, in their 25year age span (from 30 to 55), and in their unforced command of the soul music idiom. And to date, the soul revival has not produced another band with a vocal blend so rich in tone and feeling.
''A groove-heavy, horn-powered mix of funk and soula powerhouse group, with
three stunning vocalists and an explosive horn section.'' --NPR All Songs Considered
''It sounds greatit's an exciting moment for soul musicKings Go Forth are
taking nothing for granted, which lends their music an urgency that
transcends mere revivalisma band anchored strongly in the present but with
their eyes towards the future.'' --Pitchfork
''If youre looking to dance away your pain, Milwaukees Kings Go Forth will
be your healer. The bands musical compass floats from Detroit to Chicago to
Memphis, pouring out Vietnam-era funk and soul with lyrics laced with
heartbreak.buy it.'' --Vanity Fair.com