The story so far…
In 1993 singer Al Rumjen and guitarist Devil Hands moved to London from their hometown St Albans to form a band. After recruiting bassist Babar Luck and drummer Nikolai Jones from an ad in a music weekly, King Prawn’s infectious blend of Punk, Rap & Ska wowed crowds across Europe, earning them a reputation as one of the most entertaining live acts coming out of London in the 90’s. The Rock press and growing fanbase loved their distinctive style, sense of unpredictability and explosive live performances.
King Prawn released their first two albums on Words of Warning Records; ‘First Offence’ produced by Skunk Anansie guitarist Ace and ‘Fried in London’ co-produced by Harvey Birrell. An invitation followed to open for Madness at Madstock in Finsburk Park and the received a nomination for ‘Best New British Band’ at the 1998 Kerrang! Awards. They were also nominated in the ‘Spirit of Independence’ category at the 2000 Kerrang! awards.
The band signed to Spitfire Records and released their 3rd album, ‘Surrender To The Blender’ in 2000. There followed extensive European touring, supports with Therapy?, Desmond Decker, Prince Buster, Ska-P, a billing at Dour Festival and a live performance on a prime time Italian TV show called Roxy Bar.
In 2002 the band released their fourth album ‘Got the Thirst’ on Golf Records, with Skunk Anansie’s Ace returning to the production seat. The album featured their best known single ‘The Dominant View’, assisted by regular airing on the newly launched P-Rock cable TV channel. Promotional work for this LP saw their debut tour in Japan, a BBC R1 Maida Vale session for Mike Davis’ Punk show ‘The Lock Up’ and billings at Reading & Leeds Festivals. The band saw the year out with a farewell show at London’s Forum before bowing out for a decade long sabbatical.
The decision to split in 2003 at the height of their popularity left a lasting legacy as a seminal band in the UK Ska-Punk scene. Singer Al Rumjen moved to Italy and toured the world as lead vocalist with Asian Dub Foundation, recording two albums with the band.
In 2013, The Prawn reformed with Zac Chang replacing bassist Babar Luck and expanded to a 7-piece with brass section and keyboards. During that summer King Prawn returned to play Reading & Leeds festivals, Rebellion festival plus headline shows at Slam Dunk, Boomtown Fair, Bearded Theory and Esperanza festival Belgium.
In 2019 King Prawn signed to Cherry Red Records and released their long awaited 5th studio album ‘The Fabulous New Sounds Of…’, also released in blue vinyl on Property of The Lost Records. The band returned for their third headliner show at Boomtown Fair, followed by supports with Less Than Jake and Me First & The Gimme, Gimmes, a UK tour and their first shows in Croatia since reforming and two shows in Belgium.
Following on from the release of ‘Fab’ Sounds’. They released the ‘Rockas An’ Them’ EP, featuring the single ‘Hide From Tomorrow’, followed by singles ‘New Vibration’ and ‘Wildstyle’ on their own label Inna Rut Records.
In 2020 the global pandemic brought live music to a standstill and all King Prawn shows were cancelled. The band are currently working on their 6th studio album.
In their 28 year since their haphazard beginnings, King Prawn remain a cross-generational force to be reckoned with. Vive The Wildstyle!