Holding a band together for a number of years is a balancing act of personalities and egos, and few bands who have never made it to super stardom can manage the territory successfully. King Size, has managed to do that and this year is celebrating 25 years of music with a release called “Around and Around”, originally recorded in 2000 but being re-issued as part of their 25 year anniversary celebration. King Size is glued together by “Major” Tom Proll who, after the demise of the band Life Wire in 1989 founded the band with bassist Chris Peter and a talented cadre of musicians including Peter Patek, Gordon McMichael and Peter Wagner. For several years, these journeymen rockers turned out songs and entertained audiences worldwide. Throughout the nineties, King Size morphed through personnel changes and re-emerged in 2000 with new tracks and a new album. The band’s current line up consists of Proll, Michi Beck on drums, Klaus Niederhuber singing lead vocals, Wiff Enzenhofer on keyboards Isabella Rozic as a second vocalist and Mario Puncec on bass.
Say what you will about King Size but the collection that has just been released on NRT-Records fits right in with standard AOR and classic rock radio airplay. On this collection, there is something for everyone; upbeat rockers like “Winners and Losers” and “Machinery”, power ballads like “Could this be Love” and “Isabel” with enough catchy hooks to draw listeners in and make them want more. If I had to describe the band’s sound to anyone unfamiliar with their music, I would start with Foreigner in their prime and add Toto and The Alan Parsons Project to the mix.
King Size is not a household name and sadly probably never will be but rock and roll is littered with artists and bands who never quite made it to household name status. They never had a hit single that defined a generation but very few bands do. That, however does not diminish the talent and drive of Major Tom and the band he created and has led for twenty five years now. That in and of itself is an accomplishment worthy of recognition. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the newly released “Around and Around” and add King Size to your list of one the best bands that escaped your attention over the past quarter century.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.