Formed during the summer of 1990 by school friends Loz Hardy and Myles Howell, along with ex-travelling puppeteer John Andrew, Kingmaker enjoyed a spell of commercial success in the early 1990s releasing five top 40 singles and four albums.
Riding on the pre-Britpop Indie wave, Kingmaker’s popularity soared with a support slot on the Wonder Stuff ‘Never Loved Elvis’ tour which took in Bescot Football Stadium. A triumphant set at the Reading Festival in 1991 confirmed their place at the aspiring artist table under the NME coined moniker ‘new cool rock’, and that year ended with them being named ‘best new band’ in the NME Readers’ Poll. The Melody Maker rated them second.
In 2010 the band reformed, minus Hardy, as Kingmaker MMX after re-recording their hit “Armchair Anarchist” for an anti-politics compilation album called Electio Pop on Helen Llewelyn Product 19 Records. During 2017 Kingmaker For A Day (4AD) played a celebrated set at the Hull music festival, Humber Street Sesh. They continue to play live with Mike Wright on guitar and vocals and Matt Edible on lead guitar and vocals.