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King Niko is a hot young band from Salt Lake City formed in 2009 for the purpose of making chicks dance. King Niko will get under your skin and stuck in your head with memorable hooks, catchy choruses and clever lyrics. The high-energy, fist pumping, foot stomping power of King Niko's live shows have earned them a spot on the stage with acts like Rooney, Electric Six, Say Anything and 30 Seconds to Mars. As Salt Lake City Weekly's 2011 Band of The Year, King Niko are slowly taking over their hometown with their sights set on the planet at large. King Niko is Ben Moffat on Guitar, Zachary Sloan on Drums, Tim Rawcliffe on Bass, Reid Laitinen on Keys and Ransom Wydner on Vocals. Rawcliffe, Sloan and Moffat had been band mates in various projects before deciding to form an upbeat rock band with Wydner, and Laitinen joined about a year later on keys with Nathan Leslie replacing Sloan on drums in 2012. King Niko's new latest release "Oh, Hey!" has received universal praise from critics and fans alike.
King Niko is a hot young band formed in 2009 for the purpose of making chicks dance. King Niko will get under your skin and stuck in your head with hooks, choruses and clever lyrics. The high-energy, fist pumping power of King Niko's live shows have earned them a spot on the stage with acts like Rooney, Electric Six, Say Anything and 30 Seconds to Mars. As Salt Lake City Weekly's 2011 Band of The Year, King Niko are slowly taking over their hometown with their sights set on the planet at large. Television, radio and print media are singing the praises of King Niko's modern take on classic pop-rock, maybe it's time you find out what all the fuss is about.
King Niko is currently booking summer shows on the West Coast and interested in partnering with agents, managers and record labels who are forward-thinking and interested in thriving in the new Music Industry paradigm.
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City Weekly Band of The Year
Band of The Week: King Niko"King Niko is a high energy dance rock band from Salt Lake City. They also were the recipients of the 2011 City Weekly Band of the Year. My best comparison for King Niko’s sound is if Brandon Flowers of the Killers underwent a bitter divorce, walked into a bar, and sat in with the house band which so happens to be OKGO. You might get something that sounds like King Niko. City Weekly sited their live show fervor as one of the main contributors to their ultimate success in their band competition, and I can picture rocking out to Ransom Wydner screaming about some apocalyptic break up. Their rapid fire, narrative lyrics seem to focus on darker Memento Mori themes which could be considered unique for the style, which has a slightly brighter angst...In a time when many rock bands are reinventing themselves to conform to the indie/folk i.e. Ima Robot to Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zero, it’s nice to hear a band who plain rocks. King Niko appears to be continuing to grow as time goes on."Publication: Utah Band ReviewDate:
King Niko To Release New Album"The quintet, which has also being called "dance rock," has become one of the most successful bands coming out of Salt Lake City, having opened for Loverboy, Rooney, Say Anything, 30 Seconds To Mars, Switchfoot, Anberlin and Grouplove, since forming in 2009."Publication: Salt Lake TribuneDate:
King Niko Releases First Full Length Record, “Oh, Hey!”"'Oh, Hey!' is already receiving high praise from music critics and getting radio play on college, community and commercial stations."Publication: Neufuture MagazineDate:
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Review of "Oh, Hey!" by King Niko"If this was the heyday of FM radio, King Niko would be all over the airwaves...King Niko have good old fashioned pop rock songs aplenty and Ransom Wydner knows just how to sell them to you...That singing it out loud and proud style that he possesses puts as much of the theatrical into the sing-alongs as you will find in the emotional ballad 'Spots On A Lion' and that, without doubt, is an approach that works... 'Boss Fight' is mean, moody and muscular. Make no mistake about that." There’s a lot here to like and enough left over to suggest a path forward for King Niko. A good result, I would say, even if the world once again fails to notice something good.Publication: Blues BunnyDate:
King Niko has become one of the most popular bands in the state of Utah and is gaining a national audience"King Niko has become one of the most popular bands in the state of Utah and is gaining a national audience with a recent west coast tour and the release of their latest single, “Intentions,” which is in rotation on radio stations across the country."Publication: Amp MagazineDate:
King Niko is making waves"...it was a big moment for the local singer, whose band has made waves in Salt Lake City since forming in 2009, with a west coast tour and the release of single "Intentions" coming earlier this year."Publication: Billboard MagazineDate:
Intentions is a hit"King Niko's "Intentions" hooked me immediately with an infectious synthesizer melody that is instantly surrounded by guitars churning out a rhythm worthy of comparison to any of the top alternative bands on the charts today. Lyrically thoughtful and meshed with music that is downright catchy as hell, "Intentions" is a hit. Listener response has been overwhelming; I've never seen anything like it."Publication: Todd "Nuke 'Em" Noker. Program Director, X96 KXRK Salt Lake CityDate:
King Niko, The Numbs at the Utah Arts Festival"King Niko...played to a standing-room-only packed crowd and closed out night three at the Park Stage"Publication: Gavin's Underground Blog on Cityweekly.netDate:
In The Studio With King Niko"Despite their recent local fame and recognition, these guys are down to earth, real musicians. Constantly creating new sounds in the studio, every member of the band takes a vested interest in each part of the song’s production. The band has been known to get down around town, but in the studio, they are the perfect mix of seriously creative and truly easy-going."Publication: The Unlimited Indie Music NewsDate:
King Niko Behind The Scenes"Local pop-rock band King Niko is in the studio recording their first single since winning the 2011 City Weekly Music Awards."Publication: City WeeklyDate:
And The Winner Is...Publication: City WeeklyDate:
Electric Six, King Niko and The Constellations at Urban Lounge"King Niko opened with a set that was definitely worthy of making ladies dance. Girls brought their dancing shoes and moved their feet to well known favorites, 'Kink,' 'The Comedown,' 'Tippy Toes,' 'Wildfire' and even two new singles that will be on their next record release called, 'Intentions' and 'Boss Fight.' Fans reacted very positively to the newest additions to Niko’s repertoire of songs. If 'Intentions' and 'Boss Fight' are a glimpse into what Niko’s next album will be like it will no doubt be received just as well."Publication: City Weekly Music BlogDate:
CWMAs: Cory Mon & Starlight Gospel, Sam Smith Band, King Niko"The spirit of dancing was contagious as King Niko’s multitude of merry-making fans were joined bit-by-bit by the legions of the previous acts. The newer-on-the-scene dance-rock (quintet), led by frontman Ransom Wydner, only needed two songs to sell the remaining crowd on their sound. The band’s business casual dress code came across as bravado and confidence, in all the right ways, with a set that included 'Kink,' 'Wildfire' and the radio-friendly 'Tippy Toes.' The boys always play at full blast, so on 'Soul Sister'—a song dedicated to the many ladies in the room—the smoothness of Wydner’s voice and his sassy lyrics came through over the bouncy synth. 'French Accent' from the 2010 EP of the same name, was followed by 'The Comedown' and the set’s climax and end, 'Katrina.' As promised—because they were in 'a good kinda mood, a rock ‘n’ roll kinda mood'—King Niko adorned their fans with free copies of the EP 'Gorgeous and Gory.'Publication: City WeeklyDate:
Rock, Sass and Class"(X96 Music Director) Corey O’Brien describes King Niko as The Cult meets Panic at the Disco. He likens singer (Ransom) Wydner to 'the only bar and adult novelty shop in an overly conservative town, rolled up into a walkin’, singin’ performer with a great voice.' High praise indeed from someone so deeply immersed in the music industry and who calls himself, 'a jaded judge of music.'"Publication: City WeeklyDate:
King Niko: CWMA Band of The Year" ...the boys blending poppy hooks, some punky aggression and their much-relayed desire to 'make the girls dance' are serious about their music, and their love of the local music scene."Publication: City WeeklyDate:
All Hail The King"Besides making a large dent in the local music scene, King Niko has opened for 30 Seconds To Mars, hung with Jared Leto and have already received plenty of radio play."Publication: IN UtahDate:
King of Everything"...musically they are completely in sync. Their hookladen rock with indie and emo vocal and guitar touches have a common thread... The beat is infectious, placing them on the map somewhere between a peppier version of the Shins and The Hold Steady or maybe mid-period Spoon."Publication: City WeeklyDate:
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