Local Love: Kingsli

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Artist: Kingsli Song: "Ghost in the Graveyard"

Kingsli is the Decemberists-loving, weird instrument-wielding indie folk ensemble fronted alternately by K.C. King and Zak Houston. I can't write about them without mentioning that I lived with King last summer, but I can prove my objectivity by noting that he and Houston often strain for high notes they simply can't hit. In the above video, however, they nail the climactic "Whoa!" exclamations, suggesting that this highly green bunch of musicians might be putting a little pollish on their potential-laden jams.

Many of them are teenagers, so most of their gigs thus far have been house shows alongside similarly emotive folkies like Couch Forts, Saintseneca and Our Cat Philip. But they're playing the next Outer Sounds showcase this Thursday at Oldfield's on High, 2590 N. High St., so those who dare not venture into the house show scene can witness the next step in the band's coming of age.

Fun fact: Kingsli's latest drummer, King's cousin Michael Murtha, used to play drums in Pirate.