The Lowly Knights: noble sounds
Anyone for a joust? For the past couple of months, this 12-strong group of desperados have been seducing audiences wherever they go. Culled from various Belfast combos for what was initially supposed to be just one wee hop, the Lowly Knights have worked out that people are so enamoured of their music that it might make sense to stick together.
The band go about their business with hooks and vocals that are a little bit folk, a little bit choral and a little bit pop. Their recent release The Rifles EP (on the We Collect Records label) is the one-stop shop where you can check out what the Knights have at their disposal.
The EP’s five tunes see the band pointing in a number of different directions – Devotion, for instance, sounds like Sufjan Stevens standing shoulder to shoulder with The Polyphonic Spree. Such are its attractions that besides radio plays and rave reviews, Devotion also featured in AU Magazine’s recent Top 50 Irish tracks countdown.
Live shows, with 12 players at full pelt, are something else. Add in some honorary Knights who’ve shown up on occasion – including this week’s New Music editor Gary Lightbody, Iain Archer and Duke Special – and you have the makings of a damn special night out.
The Knights themselves can’t believe how well it has all gone to date.
“We’ve never really had big expectations for ourselves and therefore we were always stunned when anything good happened to us. I remember thinking ‘could you imagine supporting Duke Special?’” says Knight Neil Mullan. “We’ve always had the attitude that this isn’t going to last forever so let’s enjoy it and make it as fun as possible while it does last.”