Kingdom Come Still Exhibit Chops on ‘Blue Trees’ — Song Premiere
‘Blue Trees’ — one of three newly-written songs on Kingdom Come‘s upcoming 11-track album, ‘Rendered Waters’ — is a mid-paced, electrified rocker that balances a sturdy beat and a steady rhythm with hum-along guitar hooks and predictable, but satisfying vocals. Overall, the song comes across less like frontman Lenny Wolf’s beloved Led Zeppelin and more like a cross between the Scorpions and Oasis.
“It’s a more lighthearted, straight-ahead love song with open chords hammering a simple theme, giving the bass and guitar players a good reason to stand spread-legged on stage rocking the house,” Wolf tells Noisecreep of the song, which we are pleased to premiere.
Listen to ‘Blue Trees’
Lyrically, ‘Blue Trees’ is equally comforting, adhering to the tried and true lexicon of rock without resorting to tired clichés. “I was looking for non preaching, but at the same time not overly worn out words like ‘I love you babe,’ ‘tonight is the night’ and ‘party cherry pie,'” Wolf said. “So I went with things like ‘sitting in blue trees’ and ‘surfing in pink dreams,’ but at the same time recognizing that ‘nothing is safe’ and it is always ‘the perfect time’ to start something good.”
The other two new Kingdom Come songs on ‘Rendered Waters’ are ‘Is It Fair Enough’ and ‘Don’t Remember.’ The rest of the record features reinterpretations of songs from the band’s catalog. ‘Should I’ — from the band’s third album, 1995’s ‘Hands of Time’ — is slower, warmer and more driving than the original, and ‘I’ve Been Trying,’ from the same album, features a totally revamped verse with a different arrangement. ‘Rendered Waters’ also includes the storming song ‘Break Down the Walls,’ from Wolf’s pre-Kingdom Come band Stone Fury.
‘Rendered Waters’ was recorded at Wolf’s Two Square Noise Factory studio in Hamburg, Germany and American-born Berlin resident Hanan Rubinstein mastered the CD.
While Kingdom Come formed in Los Angeles in 1985 and scored his with 1988’s ‘Get it On’ and ‘What Love Can Be’ and 1989’s ‘Do You Like It,’ the band was fragmented by the whirlpool of grunge and alternative music that swept the world through the ’90s. Instead of giving up to the army of American flannel, Wolf returned to his native Germany and continued to write and release albums.
‘Rendered Waters’ is out April 5.