King's X's push ahead with new single, Give It Up

King's X group shot in warehouse from 2022
(Image credit: Derek Soto)

King's X have shared the video for their new single, Give It Up. It's taken from their 13th album, Three Sides Of One – out on September 2 via InsideOut – which contains their first new material in 14 years.

Says Dug Pinnick of the track, "After I turned 71, death was on my mind every day, Chris Cornell killed himself, and I was thinking of that. Lyrically, it’s about not giving up until you naturally die. I want to ride it out until it’s over. I’m laughing about how I haven’t gotten a will yet, but I should have one. Musically, I wanted it to be really simple, so you can dance to it.” 

The band began work on the album, their first studio record since 2008's XV, in 2019 teaming up with both collaborator Wally Farkas and Emmy Award-winning producer Michael Parnin. The results will be available on a variety of formats including limited CD Digipak, standard gatefold vinyl and limited deluxe marble vinyl with CD and booklet.

Adds Pinnick, "When I think of it, King’s X feels like a couple of old best friends coming together, shooting the shit, and having a good time, it’s instinctual. When I would listen to demo tapes of Jerry [Gaskill] and Ty [Tabor] for the record, it gave me a great perspective on how blessed I am to be in King’s X. What they did on Three Sides of One sounded so good. For as familiar as it is, it’s like I’m in a new band.” 

The song title is particularly poignant as, earlier in July, the band cancelled their upcoming European shows following the news that guitarist Tabor needed to undergo treatment for an undisclosed illness. 

Watch Give It Up below.

Three Sides Of One tracklisting 

1.         Let It Rain
2.         Flood Pt. 1
3.         Nothing But The Truth
4.         Give It Up
5.         All God’s Children
6.         Take The Time
7.         Festival
8.         Swipe Up
9.         Holidays
10.       Watcher
11.       She Called Me Home
12.       Every Everywhere 

Natasha Scharf
Deputy Editor, Prog

Contributing to Prog since the very first issue, writer and broadcaster Natasha Scharf was the magazine’s News Editor before she took up her current role of Deputy Editor, and has interviewed some of the best-known acts in the progressive music world from ELP, Yes and Marillion to Nightwish, Dream Theater and TesseracT. Starting young, she set up her first music fanzine in the late 80s and became a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines over the next decade. The 00s would see her running the dark music magazine, Meltdown, as well as contributing to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Artrocker. Author of music subculture books The Art Of Gothic and Worldwide Gothic, she’s since written album sleeve notes for Cherry Red, and also co-wrote Tarja Turunen’s memoirs, Singing In My Blood. Beyond the written word, Natasha has spent several decades as a club DJ, spinning tunes at aftershow parties for Metallica, Motörhead and Nine Inch Nails. She’s currently the only member of the Prog team to have appeared on the magazine’s cover.