The King Rooks are the 4 piece alt indie/rock/post-punk band from Kent consisting of Jacob Blackman on Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Jack Pawlica on Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals, George Axon on Bass Guitar and Matt Cotter on Drums.

To date the band have 3 singles releases under their belt all of which were received to much critical acclaim including multiple plays on BBC Introducing where Abbie McCarthy said of the band “Making stadium sized rock like this, The King Rooks is a band name to remember…” and from Casey Dale who has said: “Getting bigger with every single release…” “Arena sized rock from The King Rooks…”. And an interview with Stephen Brown on BBC Radio Kent.

The band have also enjoyed previous radio play across the globe in Australia and America where they were played on  legendary DJ Rodney Bingenheimer’s The Underground Garage Show on SiriusXM. 

As well as receiving praise on previous releases from the press such as RGM who said “… boots down the door and grabs your attention with tenacious force. Fuelled by adrenaline, with tight instrumentals to back it up, rip-roaring, no-nonsense rock…” and The Songbird “If this is a taste of things to come from the band, then grab your air guitars, get your place in the mosh pit and get ready to sing along. As this is definitely a band you want to catch in their early days.” and interviews in The Moshville Times and RGM magazine.

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Gig wise the band have recently played two of their biggest shows to date with Coach Party on their National Lottery Revive Live Tour and with Riskee and the Ridicule at their sold out headline show.

The band recently received their self titled debut EP comprising of three tracks

  1. Where’d You Go Baby 
  2. Past Time 
  3. I’ve Been Here

All three tracks on the EP are stand alone hits in their own right showcasing the band’s now known signature style of big riffs, catchy melodies and huge choruses. The lead single from the EP ‘Where’d You Go Baby’ is a straight of the bat, full throttle absolutely jam packed belter of post-punk perfection with its huge anthemic guitar riffs, pounding drums and infectious lyrics.

The band have said of the inspiration behind the track:

“Where’d You Go Baby’is a song written about the first time Jack met his now wife, Paige. She approached him in a club, pretty drunk and stated that if he “didn’t like The Smiths they couldn’t be friends”. They spent the night chatting and hanging out, only for Paige to reply slowly to text messages the next day, causing Jack to feel like he’d been blown out. 10 years later, I guess he was wrong. It’s a song about meeting that girl that you get the feels for instantly, and then not being able to get her off your mind.”

Next up, ‘Past Time’ is a sonically charged, melodic stomper with huge sing-a-long choruses that wouldn’t seem at all out of place being performed on a festival mainstage in front of thousands of adoring fans. ‘I’ve Been Here’ sees the band slow the pace ever so slightly and show a softer side lyrically whilst still managing to maintain that HUGE stadium sized sound backed up with rousing choruses,  electrifying guitars and pounding drum solos. 

As debut EP’s go this one by The King Rooks is right up there with the best with its level of  musicianship, skill, expertise and perfection far outshining many bands who have been around a lot longer. 

The King Rooks EP was a collaborative project between all band members and was mixed and produced by Dan Lucas at The Joplin House in Kent and was mastered by Charlie Francis of Synergy Mastering.

Listen to the EP here now


10.02.23 – The Dublin Castle, London 



Words by Sally Newman

EP cover designed by: Elliot Masters (@ell85design on Instagram)