By Olivia Feldman
Fort Pierce natives Gravel Kings have come a ways since funding their self-titled EP with a Kickstarter account a year and a half ago. Since the release of Gravel Kings last March, the folk-rock quartet has lost two members (upright bassist Mike Seniuk and drummer Johnnie Schumacher) and been signed to West Palm Beach label Decades Records, which represents other popular local bands the Band in Heaven and Wake Up.
Gravel Kings have embraced these changes with Arrows and Maps, their first full-length album, released yesterday. The upright bass has been tossed in favor of a regular bass guitar, played by James Dickens, says Zack Jones, guitarist and lead vocalist. "With James, we were able to go in a different direction with the same style," Jones says.
In preparation for recording Arrows, the band turned to the road for inspiration. Each of the album's nine songs revolves around tales of the band members' travels both within and outside of the Sunshine State.