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Monday 09 September 2019

Dead Debutante's Ball: Ralph Pelleymounter Steps Out From To Kill A King To Deliver A Right Royal Debut Solo Album

Ralph Pelleymounter's new album, Dead Debutante's Ball, was recorded over ten long days during Britain's hottest summer in decades, and so named "because it's a good title for someone releasing a solo album so late in their career."

You may remember Ralph from London-based genre-benders To Kill A King, but on the subject of  his debut solo album the band's chief music maker says: 

"There are choices I made of this album that I doubt would have made it past the hydra debates of To Kill A King.

"It's quite scary going it alone and not having the usual sounding boards. 

"It was strange not having the rest of the band in the room, but this is my fourth album and I feel like I know what I want more than ever. 

"I'm not sure these songs would really belong on a To Kill A King album either. 

"They are for the most part quite short personal songs, the sort of thing I'd play for myself backstage before we'd play a gig." 

On the making the album ​Pelleymounter ​says: 

"I had this idea to make this album full of short energetic tunes, strung together as if you were being led through a series on rooms in a Wes Anderson film. 

"Never quite sure what is around the next corner but flowing fast, always on and on." 


For Pelleymounter, the recording of the album was a joyous time, with old friends and musicians he'd worked with in the past turning up to be part of the album, one by one or in groups and bring to life the music. 

From Jonny Abraham (now of ​Public Service Broadcasting​) playing the trumpet, to ​Dan Smith (​Bastille​) ​on piano, Ian Dudfield on trombone (the now lead singer of ​Childcare and ex ​To Kill a King guitarist) to Joe Clark, Ralph describes it as "a real who's who of people I know."

Ralph goes on to describe the album; 

"On the whole, I think the album is playful but with a dark sense of humour."

Ralph adds with a laugh:

"I think as a child I was not so keen on living in this world." 

"It all seemed very boring. I spent my formulative years lost in the words of Tolkien, Pratchett or Arthur C Clarke. 

"I loved P G Wodehouse. I loved comedies and films. My parents didn't seem to care about what was age appropriate, so I would bounce between old British sitcoms and action horror films. 

"I'd watch The Young Ones followed by Alien, then The Terminator with an episode of Bottom to follow. 

"Musically it was Dylan and Jeff Buckley, Bowie and Simon & Garfunkel…"

Ralph Pelleymounter plays Brighton Hope & Ruin on Tuesday 8th October 2019. Ralph's debut solo alum, Dead Debutante's Ball, is out now.

by: Mike Cobley




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