Introducing: King Cayman
Taking his unique, genre-bending blend of punk, garage and blues to Austin next March, Madrid’s King Cayman has been confirmed as a Showcasing Artist at SXSW 2017.
Even though there are still six long months to wait, South By SouthWest’s teaser list offers a sneak peek into some great new musical acts tipped for big things next year, and we’re excited!
As part of Headliner’s series of special SXSW Introducing articles, we ask the question: who is King Cayman, and why should you see him?
Who? King Cayman
Self described on social media as ‘Death Pop’, Daniel Treviño’s alter ego, King Cayman began life playing bars and clubs around Spain under the name Cerberus Goat.
Cerberus Goat meta-morphed into King Cayman in 2013 and released his first studio album Demo(n) in November the same year. He later released Dream in 2014 and Mirror in March 2015. All album tracks are available on his website, and can be purchased for under €5.
I’ve been trying to place what it is about King Cayman’s rare brand of garage punk that’s so addictive. Or more, how I was going to describe it.
In short, it’s hectic. The way he fuses LoFi and new wave sounds together with heavier rock and blues. The furious delivery of short, sharp and often angst-y lyrics. Plus his vocals are distorted, fast and raw – a harshness, mellowed only by the tiniest hint of a Spanish accent – and plenty of catchy guitar hooks. Whatever it is, King Cayman’s frenzied one-man-band approach continues to surprise. As engaging live as it is on record. Maybe even more so.
His sound is loud and unrefined, but it definitely works. Like an explosive flood of noise, the 22 year old’s surging, cross-genre efforts merge foot-tapping indie-pop with something straight out of the hardcore underground punk scene. The end result? A completely unique and unmissable eruption of audio, and we’re loving it.
Watch King Cayman’s video for Roses in Trash below: