First Look: The Killing Floor – High
The Killing Floor combines the best of British and American rock music and delivers an electrifying blend of alternative, rock, pop, punk and grunge.
Raw visceral power combines with impassioned melody and accomplished songwriting to draw comparisons to acts like Queens of The Stone Age, Muse, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and Nirvana.
With members hailing from both sides of the Atlantic, the band came together when brothers Mark and Oliver Alberici from London, had a chance meeting with Marco Argiro at Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios in NYC where they had all been working with hit producer Mark Plati (David Bowie, Cure) on separate projects. Recognising they shared not only a producer but many of the same influences, ideas, and attitudes to music, they began writing and recording together and after taking the name The Killing Floor from the Howlin Wolf song, hit the road with their new material, quickly gathering fans and with their blistering show, becoming known as one of the city’s best live acts.
The Killing Floor released their debut self-titled album in 2011 which the press described as “an enticing record with mass appeal”, boasting “proficient songwriting”, and an “infectious quality”. The song ‘Star Baby’ was chosen as the album’s first single, and the band shot their first music video with legendary Hollywood director Joel Schumacher, whose film credits include: ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘Batman Forever’, ‘A Time to Kill’, and ‘Flatliners’. The song was featured in MTV programs Road Rules Challenge, The Real World and Best Ink, and received heavy rotation on US radio. In support of this, the band toured throughout the USA, Canada, UK and Europe, taking in events such as CMJ, SXSW, CBGB Festival, Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape, and Donnington’s Download Festival.
The Killing Floor spent much of last year back in the studios of Brighton England, Nashville and NYC, writing and recording and late 2015 saw the US release of ‘Corruption Capital’ the first single from their second album. The song received rave reviews and extensive rotation on US national commercial rock radio playlists including WBOS, KNDD, KXXR, KNRK and WRKZ to name a few. Pure Volume described the single as “a seamless blend of melody and political rock” and the video was premiered on Guitar World Magazine. The video also gained heavy rotation and was played in all of Journeys shoe stores throughout the USA.
The band showcased at this year’s SXSW 2016 and will be in the UK for the release of their new “Tongue Tied” EP in August before heading back to the US to perform at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas where they join the Vans Warp Tour. The Killing Floor will also perform at Indie Week Europe 2016 held in Manchester UK in October as winners of the Indie Week Canada festival held in Toronto where they received First Prize as the Best Band, and will be touring throughout the UK in support of their eagerly awaited new record “Antisocialmedia”.
“TKF showed off their professional chops with a clean, perfected sound and lively performance that brought this act to the next level”
“A seamless blend of melody and gritty, political rock.”
“This track totally rocks the block.”
Uber Rock 2014
“It is easy to hear comparisons to bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Led Zeppelin and even the Foo Fighters on this hard rocking debut…These guys give it their all on stage, so if you have any doubts about them after listening to this album, just go check them out and you will be loving this band…The Killing Floor have put out an enticing album here which will appeal to the masses and help them establish a good following in North America and around the world.”
“Built around the arena rock guitar histrionics of brothers Mark and Oliver Alberici, tracks such as ‘Temptation’ and ‘Shout’ are custom made for mass appeal…The perfect antidote for anyone experiencing Foo Fighters withdrawal symptoms right now. “