Mid-West meets London” best describes Canadian band, Fools and Kings. A vast array of musical influences from both sides of the pond led to songs that are lyrical, driven and raw.
Twin brothers Matthew and Gareth Schroenn from Vancouver, (originally from South Africa), and Drew Pearcey from Toronto, formed Fools and Kings in the hot summer of 2008 and poured into it the best of their musical experience, cutting away the fat and delivering something unpretentious, muscular and real.
The three band mates originally started playing together and formed the folk rock band Hutsey in the summer of 2005.
The band played live constantly and quickly gained a following. They were shortly asked to open for South African legend Johnny Clegg, and also played with the successful Canadian band Wide Mouth Mason. They were showcased on several TV programs as well.
However the three, along with drummer Todd Hooge, felt that they had not found their true sound and in 2008 began sculpting their first album as Fools And Kings.They spent a year of weekends in a remote country garage refining the sound they had heard in their heads since the beginning. During this period the band felt free to bring all their influences to the process and worked hard to create a sound that was both unique and true to themselves.
Once the band felt they were close, they decided to go about making the best album they could.
Their self-titled debut album was produced, mixed and mastered by legendary producer, Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, The The, Xavier Rudd, Chris Walla, Deacon Blue).
Livesey brought out the best in the band and was a dedicated and crucial member of the band during the recording process.
The album was recorded and mixed in Vancouver institutions Mushroom Studios and The Greenhouse Studios, and is available for free download at www.foolsandkings.net