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King Stork

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King Stork was started by four guys with long backgrounds in music, as an excuse to drink beer and blow off steam playing Strokes and Ventures covers after work. By the beginning of 2011, the band was working on new material and resurrecting old original songs, and the covers became fewer and fewer. What emerged is a brand of intricate, highly-composed rock that at times hits with heavy gravitas, and other times backs off and presents itself alternately as twangy, anthemic and sweet - think Pavement meets Surfer Blood meets Neil Young. Songs written by guitarist/singers Robbie Whelan and Dan Schneier and bassist/singer Matt Oliver cover lyrical territory from the dark, to the imagistic, to the sentimental and back. King Stork is based in New York City. Their name comes from the politically subversive, proto-libertarian Aesop fable, "The Frogs Who Desired a King."

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