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King Hannah
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King Hannah

from Liverpool, UK

King Hannah is the slowest of slow burns. Bury your dancing shoes and slowly sway to the wash of melancholy. If there was a musical genre called noir, they would be a charter member. It’s music for the night permeated by darkness and grit and resolution (or not). A somnambulant mixture of Portishead (the vocals), PJ Harvey (the music), and Nick Cave (the feel), King Hannah is still something different than the sum of the parts. Yet, it works in a way that is liberating with suspense.

King Hannah is Craig Whittle and Hannah Merrick. It’s not immediately apparent why he is “King,” ’cause she is obviously “Hannah.” King of guitar gearing, perhaps? Listening to their 2022 release, I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me, one can imagine a large assortment of six string accoutrements required to produce the stark, grungy, atmospheric sounds. Maybe he’s the king of patient persuasion convincing his one-time co-worker to make music, share her songs, and form a band years after first hearing her perform. What is certain is they fit together royally with the majesty of an intense musical journey to the opposite of pomp and circumstance. Bow to the magnificence and let it roll over you.

Biography by Jay Nelson

Full schedule coming soon! Stay tuned.