Living in the suburbs of Southern California can be an eerily menacing reality. While the city outskirts are renowned for safety, family friendliness, and abundant parking, that quiet seclusion can incite chaos in the mind. La Mirada native Taylor Hecocks explores feelings of self-resentment and loneliness as he skates through the streets of his hometown in King Shelter’s latest, “Failure.”
King Shelter has become known for their self-coined sound, “Salad Rock,” a clever play on words referencing their irresistible guitar licks and eclectic mixture of alternative, rock, and indie sounds. The band started on a casual note by playing local shows around Orange County, which attracted a sizable fan base and naturally led to their breakout project, the Failure EP.
The newly re-released single, “Failure,” stays true to all of the reasons fans originally fell for King Shelter: gritty, guitar-driven rock that uninhibitedly tackles the issues that most of us are afraid to verbalize. As frontman Taylor Hecocks shared,
“Failure is a conversation with one’s self while skating through the suburbs of La Mirada in the summertime.”
The band is set to release their sophomore EP, $hame, at the top of 2018–but before that, you can catch them live at one of two upcoming shows. King Shelter is opening for The Middle Kids on Sept. 28 at the Teragram Ballroom and headlining The Parish at House of Blues Anaheim on Oct. 20. The HOB Anaheim performance is proudly presented by yours truly at Ones To Watch– pick up your tickets here!