KING HANNAH share cover of Springsteen’s “State Trooper”

Following the release of their debut EP ‘Tell Me Your Mind And I’ll Tell You Mine’ late last year via City Slang, Liverpool duo King Hannah have shared a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 track State Trooper. They have also announced UK tour dates for October.

Commenting on the cover, the band said: “We have always loved the Bruce Springsteen album Nebraska, how sparse and raw it sounds, and how it is effectively a live demo recording. We wanted to keep that live-feel when covering State Trooper and so we tracked the song live in our little home studio. We tried to do justice to the atmosphere of the original when arranging the track, with rumbling tom-heavy drums, warm creamy guitars and intimate slap-back vocals.”

Led by the creative force of Hannah Merrick and Craig Whittle, King Hannah arrived in late 2020 with a debut EP that is both soothing in its moods and intoxicating in its rushing soundscapes. Their neon guitar lines and intimate torchlight vocals put the everyday on a pedestal, lifted by melodic licks that swell into dense and swirling atmospheric textures. 

The density of their sound comes from the combination of their guitar and vocals, with support from Ted White, Jake Lipiec and Olly Gorman. Inspired by the vocals of Mazzy Star and guitars of Kurt Vile, Hannah writes lyrics first thing in the morning and lets her mind spill onto the page, and they contain all the raw vulnerability and mundane reflections of that mental space. This vulnerability is something Hannah feels acutely on stage, but is also what makes their music so magnetic. “There’s nothing pretend about us,” she says – the grit in their sound and her voice speaks volumes. “We don’t want to sound clean or polished,” says Craig, “we want to sound real, and dynamic and authentic.” 

Listen to ‘Tell Me Your Mind And I’ll Tell You Mine’ EP in full:

King Hannah live dates:
16/10/21 :District – Liverpool (UK) 
20/10/21 :YES (Pink Room) – Manchester (UK)
21/10/21 : Hyde Park Book club – Leeds (UK)
22/10/21 :Broadcast – Glasgow (UK)
23/10/21 :Star and Shadow Cinema – Newcastle (UK) 
24/10/21 :The Cookie – Leicester (UK) 
25/10/21 :Jericho Tavern – Oxford (UK) 
26/10/21 : Hare & Hounds – Birmingham (UK) 
27/10/21 :Lexington – London (UK)
28/10/21 :Hope & Ruin – Brighton (UK)
29/10/21 : The Louisiana – Bristol (UK) 

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