Armchair Radicals

Here Comes the King

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Following a series of cassette-only EP releases, Here Comes the King serves as Armchair Radicals only full-length release. Bandleader Murray D. Evans was a fixture on the Brandon, Manitoba folk scene, and the remainder of the band was made up of a combination of fellow folkies (Darrell Mauthe and Kelly Kingdon) and classically-trained jazz fans (Jason Owen and Corey Ticknor). Surprisingly, Here Comes the King sounds like none of the above, opting for an eclectic pop sound, dubbed "Assiniboine Delta swing" by the band. All of the tracks show a finesse that was lacking on the EPs, but the best track is the band's swing cover of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter."

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