Speaking The Kings is a post hardcore rock band from Orange County, California. We recently heard from Mike Entin, the band's guitarist. See what he had to say about the band's name, Taylor Swift, their music and more.
1. How did you get your band name?
Speaking The King’s is actually taken from the movie Inglourious Basterds. One night a few of us were watching the movie and there was a scene when a British soldier is in an underground bar in Germany and impersonating a German soldier. The dialogue throughout the whole scene is in German with and there is a moment that the British soldier slips up and gives away his true identity. Knowing his certain fate, he switches to english and says, “Well if this is it ol’ boy, you don’t mind if I go out speaking the king’s?” In the movie, he was referring to the king’s english but it struck a chord in all of us. It was a moment of clarity that he realized that whatever happened he didn’t care about failing or death. He accepted his fate and puled out all the stops. That’s how we feel as a band, if we are going to do this, it’s going to be with every ounce of blood and give it everything from start to finish.
2. Outside of music, what do you like to do?
I like to mess around with graphic arts, which I actually have done the artwork for both our EP and Carousel. It’s a fun way to get the creativity flowing and depicting what I see/feel when I listen to our music. Other than that I love going to shows and checking out new music in the local scene. I am a massive sports fan as well. One of my favorite pastimes is going to sporting events as much as i can.
3. Name something you listen to that nobody would ever expect.
I listen to almost every genre there is. If I shuffled my whole iPod, it’s very possible that it could go from Bob Marley, to Dimmu Borgir, to The Police, to Slayer. If you want me to be COMPLETELY honest and confess, I do enjoy listening to Taylor Swift. I think any musician can appreciate what she has built and the music she puts out. You can’t deny a catchy song when you hear one, just embrace it!
4. How would you describe your music to those who have never heard it before?
This is one of the toughest questions we get as a band. It’s tough because we have a little something for everyone. If you want some heavy breakdowns, we have that. If you want a catchy chorus, we have that. We wrote this music with a post hardcore/pop punk influence but we really wanted to exploit Bobby’s amazing voice. That being said, every song has the potential to get stuck in your head and next thing you know, you’ll be humming it all week. It still has that post hardcore undertones to the music but with a mixture of rock influence.
5. What would your dream concert be? (To be part of or see, that is up to you.)
Growing up I listened to everything, from Slayer to Otis Redding. That being said one festival that I would love to play is Reading/Leeds. It was be such an honor to play that festival because the lineup is so diverse but still relevant to all of your fans. You could be watching Pierce The Veil, then Panic! At The Disco, then Parkway Drive, then Mumford & Sons. It’s such a diverse lineup every year and it’s always a massive turnout so playing that would be nothing short of a dream come true.
6. Out of all your music, what songs are your favorites and why?
One of my personal favorites is “Choke” on Carousel. It will be the second single from the upcoming full length. The reason I love that song so music is that it’s different from anything we have written. Musically it’s a more rock based song that is just so much fun to play. I can’t help from singing along while on stage and strumming away to each massive chorus. Lyrically that song really hits home because it’s about overcoming negativity and people telling you that you can’t do something. Being in the music industry is a tough one and there are so many people that try to stop you and chop you down for following your dreams. The song is about using that negativity as fuel to push you to that next level to achieve your dreams.
7. What's one of your favorite memories so far as a musician.
One of my favorite memories as a musician was playing Self Help fest two years ago. The lineup was BEYOND stacked that year and included A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men, Memphis May Fire, Beartooth and more. We were lucky enough to earn the opening spot on the main stage, as well as being the only local act on the bill. We got to sound check to an open parking lot that could hold about 15,000 people on a stage that ADTR was going to be closing the night with. The feeling was surreal but felt very comfortable. We played to about 2,000 since we were the first on the bill but it was amazing to meet and talk to so many new fans. The compliments and stories they would share with us were so amazing. It’s definitely a goal to play the upcoming Self Help so keep your eyes out for that!
8. How did you get into music in the first place?
I have always grew up on music. We would always listen to music in the car or wherever we were at, ranging from oldies to pop like Ace of Base (yes, I just referenced Ace of Base). Once I hit middle school I made a life long friend, Mike Hammer, and would always go over to his house to hang. His older brother listened to a lot of death metal and black metal so I picked up on that and expanded from there. I remember amazing nights just eating pizza and watching the Dimmu Borgir DVD, now we are label mates with them which always trips me out. His brother was in drumline in high school and convinced us that we should join, I had never played an instrument prior to trying out. Ever since then I couldn’t put an instrument down. While in drumline, another friend showed me how to play Slayer’s “Raining Blood” on an acoustic guitar and that was the moment I committed to playing guitar.
9. Anything you would like to add before we go?
We just want to thank you for taking the time and reaching out to us! Not only would we like to thank you but we also want to thank everyone who gives CAROUSEL a chance. The album is an emotional rollercoaster and has something for everyone so please give it a listen! Keep an eye out for Speaking The King’s hitting the road early 2016, nothing is confirmed but we have some awesome things in the works.
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