Today, via a premiere on Pop Matters, New York City based duo KNGDAVD have released “Shame”, their first new single since January. “Shame” is the next step in the evolution of a creative collaboration between vocalist Tye James and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Buscema that has already seen the project hit #1 on Hype Machine twice in the past year and accumulate over a million plays on Spotify to-date. “Shame” is electronic-tinged arena-ready rock at it’s core, but a few listens through will find traces of a more nuanced array of influences that reflects the meticulous songwriting and arranging that went into the making of what will surely be one of the most talked about songs this summer. It’s pulsing wall of sound and infectious rhythm provides the perfect soundscape for James’ powerful vocals to really find new ways to express itself. You can listen to the track now on Soundcloud and it will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and most other digital streaming services on Friday.
You’d think KNGDAVD was born when The White Stripes, Black Keys and Freddie Mercury had a menage-a-trois, but you’d be wrong. The duo met in jazz school, where producer/multi-instrumentalist Jon Buscema not so famously told then R&B singer Tye James (after corrupting him with his first ever joint followed by his first ever cigarette) “You should cut the shit and just front a rock band.” The comment, disregarded as a joke, became a foreshadowing of things to come when the pair reconnected in NYC. As musicians and people Tye and Jon couldn’t be more opposite – Tye loves 90’s rnb, Jon prefers classic rock. Tye loves christmas music, Jon HATES christmas music, Tye goes to church, Jon…doesn’t. But it’s this contrast that allows the duo to work so well together. They’re combination of bad ass stadium ready beats, soaring pop melodies, and quirky lyrics will have you turning up, rocking out and pissing off your parents.