Chris King / Press

“A trio from Seattle, WA, Chris King & The Gutterballs have put together a cassette with a streaming chaser for their debut titled Hiding Out. The band moves between garage rock and lo-fi soul over the 6 short tracks and show bubbling talent. The tunes tend to warble around the same vicinity as "Letter At The Station" starts things with muted guitar rock before "Said I'm Through" moves things more towards the low end. Both are fine if not truly memorable but things pick up immensely on the tapes third track "Montana Quinn". The song spreads out close to six minutes before reigns itself, feeling as it could travel even longer in a wonderfully shaggy soul style; an album highlight. A shorter but almost as successful "Serpent Man" has a kick-drum drive that backs King's developing vocals. His singing contains a level of aloofness but also desire that is a cool combo. The waltzing continues with the "Hidin' Out Blues" as the echo and temp changes move back and fourth”

“Chris King: a nineteen year old gem from Santa Cruz, California. Writes songs the old fashioned way and is well on the path to success with music. I had the privilege of hosting him at my home in Grand Rapids for a week. Everyday we spent together was filled with magic of some sort. Between making music videos, lighting fireworks, going to shows, playing shows, busking, eating farmers market food, swimming in lake Michigan, smoking pipes, getting haircuts, and wearing fedoras we really got the most out of everyday.”