WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR

‘PROUD DISTURBER OF THE PEACE’

4 AUGUST 2017

William The Conqueror have pulled off a slick and impressive debut. Proud Disturber Of The Peace is well-crafted and well-thought out record that slyly draws together a litany of styles, tropes and ideas to create something that stands apart. Loose certainly has a habit of picking winners, and nothing is different here. William The Conqueror have a high ceiling and they’ve set the floor pretty damn high as well.
THE 405

“thumping Southern rock and Americana grungy gumbo that hits you right between the eyes… extremely impressive” ★★★★
SCOTTISH DAILY EXPRESS

William the Conqueror the alter ego of Ruarri Joseph who in a trio setting played stomping country rock at the end veering into stoner grunge
THE GUARDIAN

William The Conqueror have pulled off a slick and impressive debut. Proud Disturber Of The Peace is well-crafted and well-thought out record that slyly draws together a litany of styles, tropes and ideas to create something that stands apart. Loose certainly has a habit of picking winners, and nothing is different here. William The Conqueror have a high ceiling and they’ve set the floor pretty damn high as well.
THE 405

a mighty launchpad for what’s yet to come
★★★★
Q

“it is a thing of wondrous beauty… William The Conqueror is well and truly here to conquer if not the world, then certainly our hearts.
GOD IS IN THE TV

“excellent debut” ★★★★
BIG ISSUE

“In the heart of the Sunday afternoon before a crammed second-tent crowd, William The Conqueror emerged to show just what ‘breaking out of type’ sounds like… From the alternative southern rock through the rustic folk-blues, the trio’s delectable combination of descriptive lyrics and heavy-lifting soundscapes gives their songs a real sense of scale, which carries into the live setting with hypnotic results. Elegant as a knight, with some of that mystery and mythos of any figure swept in legend, they’re a band that’s already beginning to feel timeless.”
GIGSOUP (live review)

William The Conqueror seems hellbent on blurring the lines between genres. While the headline of this very piece dubs them an “Americana” act, they could also easily be labeled as “country” or “folk” or even “grunge” or just straight-forward “rock.” But whatever you want to call William The Conqueror does not matter. All that matters is that this group is good. Damn good.
THE 405

Their prospects look incredibly strong indeed.
RECORD OF THE DAY

“an upbeat record mixing country rock with the melodic driving power indie of King Of Leon” 8/10
SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO

utterly endearing
THE CRACK

“a winning and exuberant combination which takes in blues, folk, country and even grunge”
THE PETERBOROUGH TELEGRAPH

“brimming with confidence and optimism… William The Conqueror look set to rule the roost.“
10/10 – SCUNTHORPE TELEGRAPH

the tracks achieve the required objective of getting under your skin, even to the extent of possessing anthem potential. Indeed, there are so many facets of the ten ten tracks to discover, that any review can only be a mere introduction. Whether you view this album as Americana or one of several stages of clear cut rock, the important thing is that it is one of the year’s most intriguing and relevant releases.
THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH

Thankfully, the range of genres produced by Joseph and co. are tightly held together by a consistent style that flows throughout the album and which leaves the listener in a dreamy state somewhere between the UK and middle America.” ★★★★
MUSIC OMH

Joseph’s croon is fully intact and the songwriting and instrumental skills of Joseph and band mates Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes are top notch.
AXS

“the most remarkable thing about ‘Proud Disturber’ – Not its variety, but its consistency. They rub shoulders with giants of many a kind, but they’ve still cultivated a sound that’s instantly recognisable. Like the one-time king they share their name with, they have the kind of determination that can only end in glory.” 8/10
GIGSOUP

“The Cornish trio deliver their own unique brand of bluesy, indie-americana rock with confidence and their debut album is a little gem… This is a band who are pushing the boundaries of genre and creativity – long may they continue.” ★★★★
NE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

“a hugely catchy mix of blues, artrock, altcountry and indie rock & blues… instant classics that are suitable for a wide audience”
DE SUBJECTVISTEN

“one of the debut albums of the year – the epic heartfelt nature of Foo Fighters, the wise and wry lyricism of a 21st century Dylan, the keening guitars of primetime Sonic Youth, all wrapped up in folky storytelling.
THE CORNISH GUARDIAN

William The Conqueror are enjoying the endless possibilities of being a rock and roll band. They’re not playing it safe anymore, both lyrically and musically. As a band, they’ve been freed from the constraints of being a folk act. They are not quite so polite anymore, there’s muscle and grit in its place. The prevailing mood is one of liberation, with electric guitars rocking out.
FOR FOLKS SAKE

“while each song has its own story to tell, the collection is delivered with an unrelenting energy that takes you on a very different journey to the one told by the intriguing lyrics.★★★★
MUSIC NEWS

gritty guitar, with a true Americana mix of blues folk and rock vibes… I’m not actually sure what I expected, but I was seriously impressed.
THINK COUNTRY

their fusion of Americana, country, folk and rock music make for beautiful harmonies, melodies and there is a toe-tapping catchiness to their songs.
THE UPCOMING

an exquisite album
SOUND AND BOOKS

the voice is superb and the songs are so strong
RALPH MCLEAN | BBC RADIO ULSTER

I am hypnotised by this album
BUIDING YOUR OWN NASHVILLE

the kind of loud and loose roots amalgam that you’ve always wished Kings of Leon or Black Keys made
ROOTS AND BRANCHES

Indie-Americana trio William The Conqueror announced the release of their debut album ‘Proud Disturber Of The Peace’ via Loose on 4 August 2017.

Hailing from the coast of Cornwall, multi-instrumentalists Ruarri Joseph, Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes channel classic blues and singer-songwriter influences through a grunge/indie filter drawing influences from bands and artists as diverse as The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads, with Mark Guarino from The Guardian describing them as “stomping country rock veering into stoner grunge”. Praised for their grit and authenticity by the likes of The Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, the three piece have already made their mark across the pond in Nashville performing at the influential AmericanaFest which led to a nomination for best song at the UK Americana Awards and a chance to share the stage with the likes of Jools Holland and Van Morrison.

The debut album charges through ten raw tracks, asserting itself with opener In My Dreams, a song about destiny, disappointment and defiance; driving drums and heart racing bass setting the tone. Other standouts include the confessional and timeless Pedestals, the mysteriously triumphant Cold Ontario and epic future single Tend To The Thorns with its earworm guitar hooks, blistering drums and ethereal harmonies.

Sculpted off the radar with no-one to answer to but themselves the band ended up recording the album in Joseph’s garage (literally disturbing the peace) after plans to record it on the Isle of Lewis were hampered by a hurricane killing the power. Undeterred and embracing the ethos of roots based producers such as Ethan Johns and Ryan Hewitt and with input from Slowdive’s Neil Halstead, they were adamant they wanted to keep the edges loose, opting for single live takes and avoiding excessive overdubs, focusing on the vibe. The results sing with the confident energy of a band comfortable in their own skin, striking a vein of creativity and running with it.

Photo credit: Adam Barnes

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MANAGEMENT: Howard Mills


LABEL: Loose


PRESS
UK (online): Doug Hall | D Digital PR
UK/Europe (print): Tom Bridgewater | Loose
GSA: Miriam Barzynski | Rough Trade
Scandinavia: Håkan Olsson | Rootsy


RADIO
UK/IRE: Tom Bridgewater | Loose
GSA: Miriam Barzynski | Rough Trade Germany