Moroccan Kings are a quirky ensemble. They rock hard in a funky sort of way, and have made a pretty solid mark on the Melbourne alternative scene in the four years of their existence. Having already released a debut album, they recently brought out a sensational EP, Hamburgers , which will be launched this weekend at The Corner Hotel.
For those who haven't experienced the whirlwind that is Moroccan Kings live, you are in for an absolute treat, as this is a band that puts absolute energy and conviction into their live performance. "We're usually all sweating by the end of the first song," he claims, "if you're not jumping around, your music's too complicated! There's nothing worse than watching a band and they're doing nothing. It's good to give people a reason to stop watching TV and come out of the house. If it was just the sound, then you can just buy the CD and then fuck off. But yeah, we try to give them something to watch. I try to just give to give them an exaggerated version of who I am."
The band plan to go in to the studio again to record another release in the next few months, despite only having just released an EP, as Declan explains: "We're recording another EP in September, called Battlefox," he says. "So, that should be fun, we're pretty excited about that. After our first album, we didn't really do anything for about four years. We gigged a lot and we mucked around and wrote a lot of songs but, it's not that we didn't have the motivation, we just didn't really know what we were doing. And then Pete Burgess came along, and decided to be our manager, and ever since then we are creating new goals every few months. Playing small festivals, going into actual studios with some actual recording artists and stuff. And it was his gameplan to do an EP every six months, and then early next year do a couple of extra tracks and whack them all together and release it as an album. The idea is that every six months you get people coming back for more, don't give them the whole cake."
The Showdown Festival sends a capacity crowd deaf at the Corner Hotel this Saturday night.