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"The deep low end is seductive for this band, the melodies go places unexpected and the vocals of Dwain Roark are as pleasant as a hard rock sunrise."
"Some bands just have a charisma that pulls the listener into its sound with just a few bars of any of their tunes."
"I turned around to try and capture on film the massive number of people in the crowd and all you could see were hands in the air. The entire crowd was instantly in the palm of their hands."
"I personally think selling Kingsdown is probably like selling Girl Scout cookies. They themselves. You can't resist them."
“2011 ARKANSAS ROCK BAND of the YEAR”
"their high intensity stage presence coupled with Roark's trademark swagger can white wash anyone's hard luck story leaving the saddest of the sad with a smile"
“Talent and drive are 2 of the things you have to have to make it in this business and Kingsdown has an abundance of it. Whatever "it" is, they definitely have "it."”
“You, yes you, NEED to get out to a Kingsdown show if you haven't yet. I am slapping myself for not seeing them until now.”
“I have seen stage presence, showmanship, natural talent, all of those qualities, but Kingsdown has something more. What they do is more than a performance, it is their world up there onstage, and they are definitely the "kings" of it.”
“It was then time for the stars of the show, Kingsdown, to rock the house. In the words of Justin Kroger ( EKG Vocalist) “They killed it! they brought everything they had and just owned the show!” Indeed they killed it, rocking Rev Room with songs from their new self-titled album “Kingsdown.” The entire band was great and energtic, but I couldn’t help but notice the stage presence of lead vocalist Dwain Roark. He moved around stage with power and energy of a bull in a rodeo until they exited from stage with my favorite Kingsdown song, “Callin’ Everybody.” If you have not already, pick up copy of their debut album “Kingsdown.””
“Over the grinding guitars that signal the tunes attack, lead singer Dwain Roark Jr. mentions a "dance party" before calling the class to attention and announcing, "It's time to make some memories," and telling the make believe audience collected to put on their dance shoes so they can feel more alive. It's heavy-duty rock showcasing the howl of Roark over a staccato riff developed from a blues rock structure but mutated into a dance-infected number that serves as a greeting card to Kingsdown's music.”
“The title of the sixth track from Kingsdown's debut album is "Welcome to the Show." It's once second short of four minutes long, a rousing blast of high energy rock, the kind of club rock that generates fist pumping.”
“Kingsdown has spent the last six years touring their country and opening for acts like Switchfoot and Jet. Their onstage chemistry reveals a road-worn group of musicians who’ve been through both good and bad together, only to come out a tight knit group with a drive for success.”
“On June 19, Kingsdown released their self-titled debut album at the Rev Room in Little Rock. Fans filled the room to near capacity, many of them singing along to songs like “Welcome to the Show,” which kicked off the set. The band poured through the songs from their rocking new record and turned their amps to 11 to achieve a feat that eludes many acts—sounding even better on stage than CD.”
“Dwain Roark slinks across the stage between fits of madness. Clutching the microphone and hopping off monitors and amps, he retreats momentarily letting the music fill in the space between each verse and chorus that he charismatically and melodically unleashes upon the cheering masses huddled below the stage. As the front man for Little Rock’s Kingsdown, Roark resembles a cross between Mick Jagger and a young Eddie Vedder. As for the band, they certainly are no slouches either. Comprised of Johnny Rocket and James Watts on guitars, Aaron ?Elms on bass, and Blain Roark on drums, Kingsdown has been honing their music and stage show for a little over seven years. While they are still relatively young, they certainly sound wiser than their years.”