Little King is a three piece band that plays a Porcupine-Lite style of rock. They have progressive tendencies, but the music is more indie than prog. Virus Divine is an ambitions concept CD that loosely tells the story of a fictional character that uses positive actions to change the world's perceptions after the horrors of Columbine.
Ryan (Gaelic for Little King) Rosoff is the songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for Little King. This is presented as mainly his solo project, but the CD excels because of the amazing drumming of Wes Kahelekulu and the off-planet bass riffing of Shannon Brady. This would be a very ordinary CD without this awesome rhythm section. The CD is a little short at just over 36 minutes.
"All I Need" is a great opener that defines the Little King style of heavy rhythm section mixed with jangle guitar. Songs like "Narcissus and Echo" and "Antibodies" lean on the alt-rock side and remind me a little of Fountains of Wayne. The deepest lyrics are on the song "Peacemaker" that preaches to put the gun down and draw from the heart, be a peacemaker, but the song ends tragically with the lines Don't Bring your heart to a gunfight, Someone may call your bluff.
I really like Virus Divine but I also delve in the indie-side of rock. This is recommended for fans of the softer side of Porcupine Tree, fans of Butterfly Jones, or fans of The Connells. This is quality songwriting with an amazing rhythm section. Give Little King a try, you won't be disappointed.
1. All I Need 4:49
2. Narcissus and Echo 3:49
3. Peacemaker 5:37
4. Second Wind 5:09
5. Antibodies 4:07
6. Virus Divine 6:03
7. Pase del Norte 5:01
8. Horsefeathers 1:24