Future Kings of Spain: A Royal Reception
Future Kings of Spain are creating their own special reign in Ireland
It was a dream gig. Things were looking good for Dublin quartet Future Kings Of Spain.
They had released a well-received debut album, had plenty of dates in England, including a tour with Muse, healthy overseas sales, including a growing following in Japan, and then came the knockback.
"We ran into contractual difficulties with our label," explains Joe Wilson, the band's singer and guitarist. "Our second album was supposed to be out in spring of last year. We'd booked to shoot the video for the first single and then they said they had to put the release date back. But then they continued to miss each deadline and refused to let us out of the contract."
Caught between a rock and a hard place, the band considered breaking up. Then, when they least expected it, the dispute suddenly got sorted. "We're not the first band this has happened to," says Joe. With the recordings back in their possession, the band decided to release the album Nervousystem in Ireland. "We focused on what we could do quickly to turn things around," explains Joe. "We didn't want to get involved in any negotiations that could slow the album's release down another six months."
Although it was recorded late in 2005, the album achieves a timeless quality. "We didn't want to sound fashionable, like the bands who were coming out at that time," says Joe. "You had Bloc Party,Kaiser Chiefs and Futureheads - bands that were sounding post-punk. We're not reinventing the wheel. We're just trying to write good songs."
The band have been encouraged by the reception they received when they played some gigs earlier in the year. "The tour really gave us confidence," says Joe. "Even though we'd been away for a while there was still interest there. Playing live is the reason you're in a band in the first place and it was really frustrating when we were in dispute with the record company. But now it seems fresh and wonderful again." "We're persistent," he adds enthusiastically. "We're like a dog with a bone. You have to stick in there and hope."