It was in the studio that ‘The Potato Kingdom’ was first discovered, a parallel dystopia to the media drenched doldrums of our common reality, a place where material obsession has been retrenched into the quotidian worship of the potato, where aspirations are fulfilled in the gutter, where kitsch becomes divine, debased romantic, where we are all sullied on the streets of Plebeola, from the throne up to the trough. Appearing as a mirage at first, once the initial steps were taken past the Kingdom gates, the framework that Ralph had constructed opened up into an unchartered domain that promised a wealth of nothingness and an abundance of riches with no exchangeable value: the perfect environment some might say for the imagination to flourish.
In corporeal terms Ralph Of London is Leopold, François, Diane and Ralph, four musicians brought together between London and the North of France sometime in the middle of 2017. They describe their music as Shit-Pop, or in more elaborate words: a soundtrack for the end of musical history. As a group, the eclectic influences that bleed through their music are transcended into a homogenous sonic tapestry that sounds both fresh and meticulously crafted. Following a string of one off tracks uploaded online with a conceptual video, the band released their first official single ‘Hopeless Melody' in May 2019, followed by ‘Worlds End’ in February 2020, both taken from ‘The Potato Kingdom’, the debut ROL LP subsequently released in March 2020. After three years of transporting drums, vintage synthesisers and electric guitars around the UK and France to hone their live repertoire, Ralph and the band are now in the process of recording their second LP in the self built ‘Yellow Sky Studio’, a multifaceted art facility constructed in a disused quarter of an inner city Protestant Temple.