King Belvedere are a rock band that take their cue from 1980’s guitar oriented rock. They hail from the Baltimore area and they have just released their third CD, it is self titled. you can file this under bands that don’t suck. If you like bands like Kix or Faster Pussycat, you will absolutely enjoy this band.
They have been around for about nine years and underwent personnel changes. According to front man Jeff McKenney, “I’m the only original member left,members have to have a commitment ,to this band” , he said. Bassist Jay Hitaffer added, “We have to be able to get along,this line up is great, we all have the same goal,listen and play the same kind of music”.
He is right, it’s important for a band to have camaraderie or else it will implode. Jay and drummer Johnny Sexx are awesome people as well. They are both featured on advertisements against animal abuse. “I saw an ad for “show your soft side” with Henry Rollins in it. I saw it on my mother in law’s page, she trains dogs, I’m a huge animal lover and I know the guys in the band are too. I started asking questions and they contacted me, Hitaffer said. He sports a foot high mow hawk. Johnny Sexx is also in the band . Hitaffer can be spotted on buses all around Baltimore with his Yorkshire terrier, Loki. Johnny Sexx has a cat Shadow. Both animals are big fans of the band, Hitaffer laughed.
That kind of publicity is helping the band. “When people listen to the music We want them to come see us live”, said Alex White, lead guitarist. Locally, they are getting airplay on WMMR with Jacky Bam Bam and on Aquanet Radio.com. Live is another story. Any band make have ok songs, get a good producer and then they cannot deliver the goods live.
On stage at Studio 98 King Belvedere were not one of those bands. They were hampered by a small stage and you could tell this band was built for larger venues. They were all over the stage much like a caged wild animal, only there were four of them. Since they are from the Baltimore area, they would be right at home at the M-3 festival stage. People just have to give them a chance.
Baltimore is just about 90 minutes away. Hopefully, this band will not be strangers to the area, and pay more visits to the Philly region. Go see them. Better yet, go here.to buy their CD’s then go see them live.
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