Album Review – King Post Kitsch


King Post Kitsch -‘The Party’s Over’ (Song, By Toad Records)

The latest release from Song, By Toad Records continues with the high level of output that has been established over the last three years (including releases from eagleowl, Jesus H. Foxx, and Meursault, amongst others).

As has been noted previously, Charlie Ward’s debut abum may share its’ name with Talk Talk’s 1982 debut, but that’s where the similarity ends. Hopefully by now the awesome first single ‘Don’t You Touch My Fucking Honeytone’ has alerted you to the garage-related goodness on display here. And if you’ve been paying attention, with two free downlaods doing the rounds ‘Fante’s Last Stand’ and ‘Walking On Eggshells’, that this album is not nine carbon copies of ‘Honeytone.’ There’s rather nifty songwriting on display here, and a rather impressive variation of sound that doesn’t often appear on lo-fi records. Not to mention the appearance of the flute, all too rarely used in rock music (I’ll Jethro Tull YOU in a minute).

An excellent little gem of an album.


The Party’s Over is out now on Song, By Toad Records.

King Post Kitsch -‘Fante’s Last Stand.’ mp3

King Post Kitsch-‘Walking On Eggshells.’ mp3

King Post Kitsch – Don’t You Touch my Fucking Honeytone by Song, by Toad

You can buy it via Song, By Toad Records here. Or on downlosd from eMusic or Amazon, but if you live in Edinburgh, go and buy it from Avalanche Records.

Forthcoming from Song, By Toad


I’ve long been very supportive of what Matthew Young has been doing with his Song, By Toad blog and label -and indeed the favour has often been returned.

Amongst his latest signings are King Post Kitsch, who (his name’s Charlie, it would appear) his debut single next week. It’s a four-track single entitled ‘Don’t You Touch My Fucking Honeytone’ which is rather ace. I think it’s what the Hives might soundlike if they ingested lots of fizzy pop and hung out in Glasgow and tried to blend in, aftre losing their suits.

You can hear it here:

King Post Kitsch – Don’t You Touch my Fucking Honeytone by Song, by Toad

Meanwhile, the album The Party’s Over will be released soon. It may share its’ title with Talk Talk’s debut, but I suspect the similarity may well end there.

You can also downlaod an EP from earlier this year by visiting the Bandcamp here

Now, I like to think I’ve made it blatantly bloody obvious how good the stuff on the Toad label is (last year’s Top 50 albums on here had several entries from the label), but if you haven’t been paying attention, here is a sampler Matthew has made available:

Song, by Toad Records Sampler 2011 by Song, by Toad