ALBUM & TOUR NEWS: William The Conqueror release ‘Proud Disturber Of The Peace’ 4th August, upcoming dates


William The Conqueror premiered a new video for their single ‘Tend To The Thorns’ via FOLKRADIO before they release their debut ‘Proud Disturber Of The Peace’ on 4 August via Loose.

Ruarri Joseph stated that the video, “tries to strike at the contrast between the innocence of youth, simple wide open spaces and imagination vs. the inevitable claustrophobia of what happens as you grow up, getting boxed in and the clarity muddied. Would it be believed if I said the kid is actual 8mm footage of me as a kid? ”

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William The Conqueror features Ruarri Joseph, a former folk singer-songwriter who walked away from a major record label deal with Atlantic Records to explore the music he wanted to make – which took an rock direction after he felt boxed in by Atlantic’s vision for his music. Joseph stated, “I think Atlantic wanted to box me in as something I wasn’t but I didn’t know what I was either so it made sense to leave and just get out on the road, see if I could figure it out. I spent a lot of time on the folk circuit just by virtue of the fact I had a beard and an acoustic guitar, it paid the bills but again didn’t feel like I was following my creative instincts as opposed to trying to get by. I reached a point where I thought my younger self that had cut his teeth in punk and rock bands would’ve been disappointed in what I’d become so William started as a way to pay homage to that youth that got side lined when life got in the way.”

Hailing from the North coast of Cornwall, the band also features multi-instrumentalists Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes – their debut album charges through ten raw tracks, asserting itself with opener In My Dreams, a song about destiny, disappointment and defiance; driving drums and heart racing bass setting the tone. Other standouts include the confessional and timeless Pedestals, the mysteriously triumphant Cold Ontario and epic future single Tend To The Thorns with its earworm guitar hooks, blistering drums and ethereal harmonies.

The band are playing live dates including support dates with Danny & The Champions Of The World. Details below.


William The Conqueror Tour Dates:

29 – BUDE Leopalooza

02 – LONDON The Social
06 – BRISTOL Valley Fest
13 – NEWQUAY Boardmasters

Supporting Danny & The Champions Of The World :

12 – LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
13 – NOTTINGHAM The Maze
15 – MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
16 – GATESHEAD Caedmon Hall
18 – BRISTOL Lantern
19 – CAMBRIDGE Junction 2
20 – LONDON Scala
21 – CARDIFF Globe
22 – OXFORD Bullingdon

NOVEMBER Headlining dates
Tue 14 LONDON Moth Club
Thu 16 BRIGHTON Green Door Store
Sun 19 SHEFFIELD Greystones
Mon 20 MANCHESTER Castle Hotel
Tue 21 BRISTOL Louisiana
Wed 22 CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach

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