Rising Seattle Band Changes Their Name with Message Advocating for Social Change
Re-Introducing King Youngblood, formerly known as Gypsy Temple.
By: King Youngblood
"My mother, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother are Romanian-Jewish women, all musical artists, all strong, and all free-spirited. The name Gypsy Temple was meant to honor them" explains Lavi Jones. "Although we are big believers in supporting marginalized reclamation of terms, after a lot of thought and education, we realized that since not everyone apart from our band is Romani, we were not holding ourselves to our own standards. Our fight for social justice and intersectionality outweighs holding on to this band name."
The band chose the name King Youngblood for personal reasons as well. The term "youngblood"
As Lavi-Jones anticipates his upcoming 21st birthday, there is much he and the band have to be proud of. King Youngblood has secured Adam Kasper, one of the most influential rock producers in the world (Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden)
"Throughout my career as a producer and mixer, I have had the privilege of working with some of the most talented and amazing musicians in the Rock and Alternative Rock Universe," said producer, Adam Kaspar. I can honestly say, in terms of pure overall talent, songwriting, drive, and stage presence, King Youngblood, is one of the most complete artists I have ever worked with."Kaspar added that King Youngblood is an absolute original and this band is poised to have a long successful career.
King Youngblood doesn''t pay lip service to fighting for social change. They encourage young people to vote through their ongoing Make Your Self Heard Loud and Vote Campaign (https://www.kingyoungblood.com/