Introducing King Hannah- Band
Sign To City Slang
Share Debut Video “Crème Brûlée”
Sometimes a band arrives out of nowhere with a fully formed sound ready to fill a vast concert hall. King Hannah are one of those bands. The Liverpool group led by the creative force of Hannah Merrick and Craig Whittle have signed to City Slang, and now they share a first single and accompanying video, “Crème Brûlée”
Theirs is a sound both soothing in its moods and intoxicating in its rushing soundscapes. Their neon guitar lines and intimate torchlight vocals put the everyday on a pedestal, lifted by melodic licks that swell into dense and swirling atmospheric textures.
Debut single “Crème Brûlée” is a moody fugged-out ballad for the everyday. Now they share it with an accompanying video, commenting: “We couldn’t be more excited to share with you our first ever music video, for our debut single, Crème Brûlée!!! We shot and edited it ourselves across Liverpool and North Wales (spot the Welsh flag!) with the aim to create a homemade, documentary-style piece inspired by the indie films we love. We really hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!”
A phenomenal single to introduce you to the ominous and crucial sounds of King Hannah. Intimate and striking. These vast waves of complex elongated notes building up to create this immersive atmosphere, then the hint of shimmering guitar notes reflecting in this consuming hypnotic aura, you get pulled into the colossal wall of sound emitting from the get-go. Then these brooding and devouring vocals from Hannah Merrick join the mix for a breathtaking execution.
The deep and soulful vocals similar to that of Emma Ruth Rundle, Lana Del Ray, PJ Harvey and Julia Stone- the comparisions are worthy but Hannah Merrick is a force to be reckoned with- and a name to familiarize yourself with. Throughout the lyrical journey the harrowing harmonies will hypnotize, such soul and passion resonates within each note captured in Crème Brûlée.
The track builds up to a powerful mid waypoint where the guitar takes over and commands your attention. The tentative tone and the mesmerizing hook being played- the crescendo of the instrumentation picks up the momentum and the forces collide to bring an intense injection into this arrangement. The soaring rhythms, the protruding instrumentation, and the bold vocals- what a beautiful orchestration this track is. Powerful and intoxicating at each turn.
Craig formed King Hannah before Hannah knew anything about it. He had seen her performing years before, but they didn’t meet until she was assigned to show him the ropes at the bar job they’d both taken on to get by while still making music. He immediately pestered her to play some music with him, and they started a routine, spending the hours before work at Craig’s house, where for a long time Hannah could not pluck up the courage to play him her own music. “That went on for a year,” said Hannah, while Craig just waited patiently for her to play. When they finally got to writing their own songs together, everything clicked into place. “It’s just about finding the right people. When I go to Craig with some chords and lyrics, he just gets it,” says Hannah. “If we hadn’t found each other, I don’t know where we would be,” says Craig.
The density of their sound comes from the combination of their guitar and vocals with support from Ted White, Jake Lipiec and Olly Gorman. Inspired by the vocals of Mazzy Star and guitars of Kurt Vile, Hannah writes lyrics first thing in the morning and lets her mind spill onto the page, and they contain all the raw vulnerability and mundane reflections of that mental space. This vulnerability is something Hannah feels acutely on stage, but is also what makes their music so magnetic. “There’s nothing pretend about us,” she says – the grit in their sound and her voice speaks volumes. “We don’t want to sound clean or polished,” says Craig, “we want to sound real, and dynamic and authentic.”