Finnish guitar pop supergroup THE BABLERS continue their blockbuster series of new singles, shifting gears for a contemplative piano ballad that's as timely as today's headlines. “Mr. King” sees release as a single streaming everywhere worldwide May 5, just one day before the coronation of King Charles in the UK, and is up for pre-order/pre-save
Finnish guitar pop supergroup THE BABLERS continue their blockbuster series of new singles, shifting gears for a contemplative piano ballad that's as timely as today's headlines. “Mr. King” sees release as a single streaming everywhere worldwide May 5, just one day before the coronation of King Charles in the UK, and is up for pre-order/pre-save now at www.bigstirrecords.bandcamp.com and all major streaming platforms. It follows the hits “You Are The One For Me” (which reigned as The Coolest Song In The World on Little Steven's Underground Garage last year) and “Holding You Tight Tonight” as the latest track to hit the international airwaves from the out-of-print album LIKE THE FIRST TIME, previously released to great acclaim only in Japan and slated for international reissue by Big Stir.
BABLERS founder, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Arto Tamminen – who's led the band, now alongside Janne Haavisto (drums, vocals), Pekka Gröhn (bass, keyboards, vocals), and Hannu Pikkarainen (guitar, vocals) since its late '70s genesis – tells us about the track and how it differs from the boisterous guitar pop of the two prior single. “It's built to be a classic big piano pop ballad, the kind you've rarely heard since the golden days of pop.” And that's exactly what “Mr. King” delivers: intimate, intense, bold, confident, and powerful, the tune has a million dollar melody that sticks in your mind, and a timeless message. As with all of the tracks from the LIKE THE FIRST TIME sessions, the song is played 100% live with original instruments: upright piano, electric guitar, bass and drums. The band’s sound is glued together, tight yet flexible, and the take heard here has a magic and a mood you can almost touch. It makes you listen, demanding attention that will be rewarded.
Tamminen lays out the backstory behind the emotive lyrics, offering insight into the choice to release the song as the English monarchy – and so much of the world – enters a new era. “It’s been a long day. A lot of public activities. Horses and soldiers. Roaring audiences. Applause. Flags. Smiling faces,” explains Arto. “Finally, at the castle, someone is knocking at the door. It's troubadour asking permission to sing a song, crafted especially for the occasion. Permission is granted. He starts to sing, and in the chorus asks the most important question...”
Both the deft handling of the subject matter and the richness of the music mark a true change of pace after the previous two singles from THE BABLERS. That versatility won't surprise longtime fans or anyone who's heard the band's thrillingly eclectic and lovingly crafted 2021 Big Stir Records album PSYCHADILLY CIRCUS. But it's all too rare to hear a new work of this depth and purity of sound on the radio these days, and that alone is reason to celebrate another triumph from THE BABLERS, who are rapidly ascending to the throne they have long deserved: the Kings of Finnish Guitar Pop, and royalty on the global stage as well. Long may they reign!