Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Pete Of We Three Kings

Photo courtesy of We Three Kings Facebook page.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Compared to acts like Rival Sons and The Black Keys, Manchester, United Kingdom-based “no-nonsense” rock trio We Three Kings recently dropped the video for their latest single “Savoir Fair.”

The bluesy, fuzz-oriented song – which tells the tale of a dark and twisted night – marks a full-fledged return from a hiatus caused by COVID-19 restrictions.

We Three Kings are vocalist/guitarist Rich, bassist Ben and drummer Pete.

The Music Bugle had the opportunity to chat with Pete about “Savoir Fair” and more.

Music Bugle – How would you describe your new music? 

Pete – Energetic, anthemic and enchanting! Music is a release, a chance to get away from it all, take you somewhere new and exciting! Let us take you there! 

Music Bugle – What inspired your band name? 

Pete – We took inspiration from our idols, our musical Kings – Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Freddie Mercury and The Rolling Stones to name just a few. All of them musical Kings in their own right! And from there, we looked at ourselves and said, “Can we three, be Kings?” and the answer was, “YES!”

Music Bugle – How did “Savoir Fair” come to be and what was it like making the video for it? 

Pete – It was born from a rehearsal session. We like to start a lot of our music writing with a strong riff, something to catch the listener’s attention straight away. For this track, we wanted something simple, but effective! That riff along with the Tom Tom beat of the drums really sets the tone of the track and we built from there. Ben had some lyrics already written, which introduced us to the wonders of the “Savoir Fair!” From then on, we knew we had the makings of a great song. A few tweaks and a guitar/organ pedal breakdown later and voila! The video was a real winner! A masterpiece by Ben! Our shots were done on a green screen and Ben put together the rest of the video using a fantastic video editing software app. It really captures the theme of the track and provides the perfect visual backdrop to accompany the song! All hail Ben, King of video production!

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your musical style? 

Pete – We can go in many directions musically. We draw on different influences and we’re not afraid to change things up. It is exciting for us because we don’t know what is coming next! That being said, we feel like we have honed our sound and style so the listener can recognize a WTK song when they hear one!

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise? 

Pete – Loads. We always share music with each other. A new artist Ben shared recently was a kid called Ayron Jones. He’s like a mix between Jimi Hendrix, Lenny Kravitz and Michael Jackson, which is a pretty cool mix! Also, The Blue Stones, who are a two-piece group from Canada that we went to see live at a very intimate venue in Manchester at the end of 2019, similar in style to Royal Blood, who we also are big fans of! Working Men’s Club is a band Rich shared recently, which harks back to 80’s pop with tinges of Acid House thrown in. I’ve also purchased a record player and have been digging out my old vinyl from my Mum’s house, realizing I had some bad taste when I was a kid! 

Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from? 

Pete – We all come from different parts of England, but if we talk about the city where we met and created our music – Manchester! Where do we start! We don’t even need to say much, the city says it all! Music and Manchester just go hand-in-hand!

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Pete – We’ve all been impacted in one way or another. Family members and friends have had COVID. Luckily, none of us have lost anyone close to us to this horrible disease. The release of “Savoir Fair” was pushed back and of course, rehearsals cancelled for some time and no gigs, which we really miss.

Music Bugle – What do you miss the most about performing in front of a live audience? 

Pete – Everything! Playing live is what all artists love and we are no different. We love playing live. The buzz of the whole event from sound check right through to the gig itself, we just love it! We also love going to gigs to watch our favorite bands and artists. It’s a huge part of our lives.

Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do? 

Pete – We don’t really do motivational quotes! We just get on with it. We love rehearsing, jamming, writing, etc.. That alone motivates us. This is our escape! Okay, so to pick one, it would be more of a slogan! Nike – “Just do it!” Very fitting – pun intended!

Music Bugle – What has been your biggest challenge lately? 

Pete – Just COVID! Go away now, please. We’ve all had enough! The plan this year was to write a ton of new stuff and push on with bigger and better gigs, etc., but we’re now playing catch up. The good thing is that we have a new rehearsal space, which is great and we are definitely catching up. We’re coming up with loads of ideas. Some new tracks are pretty much finished. We’re looking to book studio time soon to get them recorded and ready for release. We’ve had a really positive response for “Savoir Fair,” which is great, as we feel it is a strong track and one that we’re all really proud of. We’re very much looking forward to the next 12 months and beyond and hopefully getting back out there playing live soon. Who knows what’s around the corner! Stay safe.

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