Ten years ago, musicians Jordan Davis and Tristan Martin decided to pool their musical talents, and formed Kingsfoil together. As a duo, they found fans and played plenty of shows, but realized their size was holding them back because a lot of venues in their area weren't interested in booking an acoustic two-some. "The bigger clubs wouldn’t book a duo. They wouldn’t get behind a smaller act like that and we wanted to be able to play some bigger clubs," says Davis, the band's singer and guitar player, as well as primary lyricist, of the decision to flesh out the band to a full, electric ensemble. But the real reason is much simpler: "It just seems so much fun to be ...loud," he says.
Now a foursome, Kingsfoil has spent much of their time on the road, trying to have a life of some kind of normalcy at home. "you’re home for a while, it’s cool to get to see your friends. But if I can pick up some hours or try to work for somebody, I try to do that," Davis says. "It’s definitely a haphazard way of living, but I like it right now," he says. That way of living has Davis and his band mates swinging through Connecticut on the night of Friday, Feb. 15 for a show at The Space. They're coming off the success their record released last year, A Beating Heart is a Bleeding Heart. The band's sound outstretches what they seem capable of as a quartet, and the album reflects both the the passion and weight of living life as a musician.
Davis draws his inspiration as a songwriter from the situations around him, not just his own experiences. He chooses the relationships of friends and family, as well as people he's encountered to build a musical story. "I kind of draw on a lot of really factual situations that happen, but at the same time not all of my songs are factual," he says. Davis also writes a large amount of the melodies, and Martin will fill out other parts of the song before it reaches its final incarnation. The main focus is to make sure their songs are fun to play live, Davis says, and then in turn try to grab that spirit when recording the songs, instead of doing it the other way around.
Since forming a full band from the original duo, the band has gone through a couple of line-up changes to get where they are today. And your eyes do not deceive you, that is Frankie Muniz, better known to the world as the title character of TV's "Malcolm in the Middle," standing with Davis, Martin and bassist Tim Warren. Muniz auditioned for the role of drummer last year and got the gig. Muniz had been a fan of Kingsfoil and after the dissolution of a previous band, expressed interest in joining Kingsfoil. Management connections got him the audition, and the rest is history. "At the time we were kind of like, 'This is gonna be awkward if he sucks because we’re gonna have to be like "You flew out here for nothing,"'" Davis says. "He did a really great job. And it seemed to make sense and it seemed to click, and it was definitely a leap of faith for us, but at this point it was really the right decision," he says.
You can stream A Beating Heart is a Bleeding Heart on Spotify, and be sure to check them out Friday night before they blow the hell up.
Kingsfoil, with Jillian Jensen (from X-Factor), First Things First, Move Out West, Weatherstar, Faith Ziegler, Brett Steinberg and Kenny Ward, Feb. 15, 6 p.m., $13 advance, $15 day of show, @ The Space.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun