Rollicking, literate, five-piece rock and roll band Kingsley Flood has always tackled big picture issues with their music, but perhaps none have hit so close to home for frontman Naseem Khuri as those underpinning the band's new album, 'Another Other.' The record is inspired by Khuri's realization that, despite growing up with relative privilege in Massachusetts, he would always be considered an "other." His mother and father were both born in Palestine and fled to Lebanon as children, and the older Khuri got, the more he found himself on the receiving end of suspicious glances and uncomfortable interactions. He was branded a "Middle Easterner" and an outsider, despite this country being the only home he'd ever known. The tension between growing up comfortably in a nice suburb and existing on the margins as an ‘other’ lies at the heart of 'Another Other' and sets the stage for an exploration of identity and race and class that plays out over thirteen exhilarating tracks.
Kingsley Flood first emerged from Boston with their 2010 debut, 'Dust Windows,' of which NPR raved, "Take some rough and raw vocals akin to Tom Waits, mix in heavy doses of Bob Dylan, add melodies that send you back to a bygone era and push you forward with rock 'n' roll urgency, and you get Kingsley Flood." They followed it up with a 2011 EP, 'Colder Still,' and a 2013 full-length, 'Battles,' which earned them a main stage spot at the iconic Newport Folk Festival and widespread critical acclaim, including love everywhere from Rolling Stone and Esquire to Paste and American Songwriter. The band subsequently hit the road for national touring, sharing bills with Grace Potter, Lucius, Langhorne Slim, Railroad Earth, Angus and Julia Stone, Brett Dennen, and more along the way.
Produced by Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Portugal. The Man), 'Another Other' is the band's finest work to date, blending their “signature high energy” (Rolling Stone) with songwriting “soaked with raw emotion” (Stereogum). Shifting effortlessly between the political and the personal, the album examines privilege, responsibility, activism, and our capacity for change, with deft musicianship and subtle scene-setting. While the songs offer no easy answers, one thing is certain: in Kingsley Flood's America, to be 'Another Other' is a badge of honor. It's the hallmark of those courageous enough to embrace their heritage and the ways it contributes to the fabric of a society that was itself founded by men and women who were considered to be others. As Khuri sings in the final verse of the title track, 'Thank God I'm not the same."