Oddball Charms Prop Up Debut From Every Man a King

Every Man a King


The local quartet Every Man a King—the name comes from a slogan used by Louisiana politician Huey Long—has enough oddball tendencies to make its debut album a quirky delight, if not exactly an essential entry into the Knoxville music catalog. Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age are an obvious influence, but Mac Bartine and crew handle their songs with a lighter touch, emphasizing pop arrangements over hard-rock riffs. When they do rock out, as on disc highlight “Tequila Tequila,” they do it with skill and style, and without sacrificing their cheekiness. This isn’t what most people think of as power pop, but there’s no better way to describe it.

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