From Left to Right - Jimmy McLeish, Rob Faries, Michael Archibald, James Gunner
The Relic Kings are a four member Indigenous Rock Band based out of Moose Factory, Ontario. Michael Archibald on guitar, Rob Faries on vocals, Jimmy McLeish on drums, James Gunner on bass.
The Relic Kings originated from a 2013 recording project under the name Black Stone. Their 2013 eponymous ten track album was recorded at Jukasa Studios in Ohsweken, Ontario during the spring of 2013. Released in June of 2013 it was Produced and Engineered by Darren Magierowski. The song "Push Me" off of that first release gained rotational play on the Stingray Rock Channel and on smaller market Rock Radio. The song "It's Alright" also from that first release reached number 1 on the nationally syndicated Indigenous Music Countdown.
In November of 2015 the group convened for three weeks in Vancouver, BC to record with Producer Mike Fraser at Armoury Studios. The resulting Armoury album was released in June of 2016 with lead single "Take Me Higher" being released at the same time. Prior to the release of Armoury the band mad the decision to change their name to Relic Kings. This reflected the growth and evolution of the band as well as distinguished it from the numerous groups, businesses, organizations, and shows with the name Black Stone. The singles "Take Me Higher" and "The Drive" from the Armoury release received rotational play on SiriusXM 165 and on smaller market rock radio stations. The track "Good Times" reached the Top Five of the nationally syndicated Indigenous Music Countdown. The Armoury release won Best Rock Album at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards held at the Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Relic Kings have opened for The Sam Roberts Band, David Wilcox, Sass Jordan, and Honeymoon Suite. They have performed at a wide variety of venues with the Hershey Centre, Yonge-Dundas Square, and The Phoenix Concert Theatre among them. The group has proudly performed at the Aboriginal History Month Celebrations at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto and APTN's Aboriginal Day Live in Ottawa. In May of 2018 the group traveled to Europe to perform acoustic sets at the Karl May Festival in Radebeul, Germany.