“I was around 9 years old when I began my musical quest”
These are the words of Peasant’s King frontman Dan Evans as he recalls picking up the guitar as a young lad, only to continue stating that “after a while, I can remember telling my mum I hated it and my guitar teacher was a twat”.
Hailing from South Wales, Dan’s musical destiny wasn’t immediately written in the stars as a Pontypridd District rugby player, swimmer and martial arts red belt. His intense drive and fiery passion in these talents led everyone to believe his path as a sports protégée was pretty much mapped out, until an injury stopped him in his tracks at 16, forcing him to give the musical path a second chance. Little did he know that this would be his calling, and thus would begin the tale of Peasant’s King.
His new found passion led him to cross paths with the soaring musical backbone that is guitarist Rhodri Parry, guitarist Josh Bowles, drummer Harry Lee and bassist Lewys Mann. Gigging the Welsh circuit relentlessly, the Ponty 5-piece developed a strong local local following leading them to release a double EP in 2013 entitled Kingdom and Four Walls Are Home. Lead track Antidotes perked up the ears of BBC Introducing, which led to national airplay from from Fearne Cotton, Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Greg James and Scott Mills. Further backing from the programme landed Peasant’s King a sub-headlining slot on the BBC Introducing stage at 2013’s Reading Festival. The band have since gone on to support Twin Atlantic, Young Kato, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Gabrielle Aplin. An impressive list of achievements from a band that are still to release their debut album.
Expect to hear more from this fierce band of brothers, who were recently announced as 1 of 12 BBC Wales Horizons artists in anticipation of their debut album David released later this year.