Single of the Week: “King of the Blues” by The Twisted Dolls


The Twisted Dolls are a garage, blues, neo-psychedelic,  alternative rock band from Manchester whose dark, brooding, choppy and jagged riffs, makes them very much the solid, guitar–laden band. With Luke Thornton  on Vox & Guitar, Jimi Arkwright on Bass and Grace Chilcott on Drums, The Twisted Dolls are a fantastic band whose infectious songs captivate an audience and are a great reminder of what can be achieved if you take all the best bits out of the sub–genres of rock music. With fragments of hard and glam rock, The Twisted Dolls are a band really worth checking out and whose track “King of The Blues” has been selected as my “Single of the Week”. Having been in the studio working on new material, The Twisted Dolls will be playing at The Deaf Institute on August 8th for Scruff of the Neck Records, supporting the band “Gold Jacks”.

King of the Blues

With its heavy zig-zag riffs “King of the Blues” wears its glam rock crown with majestic pride. It’s a corker of a song, whose diverse vocals tantalise with understated cool. As a front man, Thornton really stands his ground, fluctuating between accomplished musician and charismatic singer.  What’s great about “King of the Blues” is it bridges the gap between blues rock and 70s glam rock, it’s slyly idiosyncratic, whilst maintaining a hard rock edge. At a time where garage rock has been experiencing a rock renaissance, “King of the Blues” picks up where the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Black Keys left off, bringing forth those chunky, dirty guitars whilst providing a fresh and contemporary veneer.