Formed in July 2016 by bassist Johnny Keel and drummer Steven Todd and finding guitarist Ross Clark online, Black King Cobra’s origins are more unconventional than most. Sending tracks to vocalist Callum Moran to write lyrics, his audition was to play those songs at an open-mic night in Glasgow. The band had never played before that night, let alone met him. As auditions go, it’s not the most traditional.
Successful, rehearsals and song writing sessions followed with one of those songs from that first gig carrying forward to become their debut EP’s title track, Blood Rush. Recorded with roddymacaudio at Titan Studios West, their first gig after that fateful open-mic would form more of their DNA. As part of a showcase for Scotland’s Wildfire Festival at Audio in April 2017, Black King Cobra would go on to open the festival itself in Wiston in June.
Further gigs would follow with Shock City’s New Blood II showcase, a spot at Troon’s Winter Storm Festival in November and followed by once again sharing a stage with friends Anchor Lane at Bathgate’s Dreadnought Rock. 2018 is already proving to be an exciting year for one of Glasgow’s most talked about rock bands by venturing to Inverness and Edinburgh – the latter being to support RavenEye, hand-picked by the band themselves.
All of these events saw them build their following and in such a short lifespan, Wildfire would play a part in their story once more with 2018’s Wildfire Rekindled event and Black King Cobra returning to Audio for their first headlining gig. However, this would be a bittersweet night for the four-piece as Johnny departed on account of becoming a father. Stepping up to take over duties is Robert Kennedy and brings his own flavour to their groove rock stylings, his first gig with them less than a month after Johnny’s last appearance at Edinburgh’s Bannermans Bar.
Sadly, another blow was landed as Steve Todd the founding member and drummer decided to leave the band to concentrate on other adventures. Stephen Buggy was one of the drummers auditioned to replace Steve and his hard hitting, groove driven playing added a new dynamic to the band and a new lease of life to the older songs. That, coupled with his easy going personality and chemistry with the band saw him stepping in as the new full time drummer.
With a new EP recorded and live dates in Newcastle, a sold-out King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and their own headline show at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut on the way with more dates in the works; 2018 is set to be another eventful year for Black King Cobra.
Everything from the obvious to the deeply shameful, guilty pleasures.