April 19, 2012. KinGator will perform at Murphy’s on Friday night. Doors open at 10:00 p.m., and the cover charge is $5. KinGator formed at N.C. State in 2009, and after playing some bar gigs and house parties the band grew a loyal following in Raleigh.
“A community has grown out of [our performances in Raleigh] and people have been excited,” Kyle Spangler, the band’s keyboardist, said. “It just kind of grew from there…the last time we were in Boone, we were really well received.”
The band consists of Spangler, guitarists Jeff Szczesny-Pumarada and Weston Hazelgrove, bassist David Lamb and drummer Willian “Byrd” Davis.
KinGator plays original tunes and cover songs. All of the musicians have difference influences and tastes, though Spangler said they all “agree” on two bands: the Grateful Dead and Phish. While the band enjoys improvising, they do not play solely jam band tunes. Spangler said the members also like jazz and “heavier” rock.
“[These different influences] not only balances out our sound but makes it really unique,” Spangler said. “One second you’ll be listening to prog rock, then jazz and then jammy—kind of Soundtribish. We try to make the sounds we like to listen to.”
Spangler said KinGator loves the interaction with the audience, which is now singing their songs at shows and “dancing their tails off.”
“There really is nothing that compares to playing a show. We are a live band—a lot of improvisation,” Spangler said. “What’s really enjoyable for us is to give the people a different show even if the set list is similar.”
For more information, call Murphy’s at 828-264-5117 or click to www.kingator.com.
Biography from JamBase: KinGator infuses melodic overtones and deep transcendent rhythms to transform audiences. Endlessly evolving and experimenting with their music, the band travels through an epic auditory journey. High-energy crowds dance to sounds that vary from jazz-fusion to modern electronic rock. After building a strong following in their hometown of Raleigh, NC they have recently been playing other southeast locations to highly receptive crowds. For these five loyal musicians and friends, this is only the beginning.
KinGator is: Jeff Szczesny-Pumarada- Guitar/Vocals, Kyle Spangler- Keyboards/Vocals, David Lamb – Bass/Vocals, Byrd – Drums, Weston Hazelgrove- Guitar