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In A Surprise Move, Irish Pop Punks Crown The King Cover… Westlife

Yep. You heard that right…Westlife! Some might considered it a very unpunk move, but it kinda works.   

Crown The King has spent the last 18 months taking the DIY punk ethic seriously. The band have been independently releasing their music online since July 2020. With their debut EP, Groundhog Day due for release on 2 February the band has no plans on slowing down.

Their latest track is a celebration of the holiday season and of another popular Irish band – Westlife but Crown The King have given it their own pop-punk twist and in a weird way, it kind of works.

“Okay, so technically it’s not a Christmas song, but we did a cover of Westlife’s When You’re Looking Like That for TikTok earlier in the year and people got really into it. I had written a full arrangement even though we only needed a chorus for the TikTok and it was just too good not to release in full,” says guitarist Seán Hodson.

“As a fellow Irish boyband it seems fitting that we would pay homage to the lads and since Christmas is coming up it’ll be much easier to tell my extended family that I’m in a Westlife tribute act than it would be trying to explain to them what pop-punk is,” he adds.

The first album I ever got for Christmas when I was a kid was Westlife’s Coast to Coast and though my tastes (obviously!) changed over the years, When You’re Looking Like That has always stuck out for me as a great song! For years I’ve wondered how it’d sound in a pop-punk setting – and thanks to Sean’s absolute wizardry, now we know!

We are so happy with how it came out and hope you all enjoy it too,” says bassist Eanna Brown.

The band are gearing for their self-released four-track ‘Groundhod Day’, and will be playing their first-ever live show on 11th February at Whelan’s in Dublin. 

Pre-save Groundhog Day HERE.

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