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Royal Bangs, the right band in the right place at the right time...

June 7th 2011

Royal Bangs neatest band photo ever if you ask meKnoxville Tennessee’s ROYAL BANGS have that current North American alt.rock sound and feel nailed, they have a new single called Fireball out in the UK next Monday, and they’re the right band in the right place to provide that of instantly satisfying rush of goodness…

The single review… 

ROYAL BANGS – Fireball (Glassnote) - Royal Bangs, the indie alternative whatever-you-want-to-call-them three piece, are so much the current sound of alt.rock North America, and Fireball is probably the stand out definite track that nails that fact.  The stand out track on the very well received most recent of their albums Flux Outside – certainly the most instant track, the obvious radio-friendly single. A bright breezy tingling ear-friendly tune with enough alternative colour and left-field edge to leave an impression. Royal Bangs are a band happening right here right now, they’re from Knoxville Tennessee, and what’s not to like about them? It isn’t that they’re dishing out any kind of musical revolution, more that they’ve just got the current flavour neatly nailed down, all here for you in bite size friendly chunks of instant musical satisfaction with their Battles meets Animal Collective sound. All distilled down to earfriendly alt.pop bites of instantly satisfying goodness, real pop art, the real art of pop. 

   Royal Bangs are that right here right now kind of band, and Fireball is a great single, it rushes at you, there is nothing here not to like, likewise the current album – Royal Bangs are a band who clearly are to be enjoyed right now, doesn’t matter that we might have forgotten all about them ever existing in a couple of years, this is about now and right now Fireball and Royal Bangs feel right…   

And this is Royal Bangs performing Fireball live on US radio station KCRW and “providing an explosive mix of relentless passion when they perform live on Morning Becomes Eclectic”:

Watch / Listen to the full KCRW session here: www.kcrw.com/music/royal_bangs

And here’s a previous taste of the band who have actually been around since 2001…

ROYAL BANGS and a video for WAR BELLS, from the 2009 album Let It Beep -


And here once again, for those who missed it, is the Organ review of the most recent album from back in April…


ROYAL BANGS – Flux Outside (Glassnote)
– Royal Bangs sound like a lot of very contemporary North American alt.rock things: their bright flow of constantly enjoyable energy, their tingly tunes, their (poly)rhythms… A more than healthy serving of Animal Collective flavourings, an alt.pop touch of Hella here and there, a lot of things that are currently coming out on indie alt.rock North America.  Royal Bangs do it all very very well - clever sound, lots going on in here, yet they never sound cluttered or forced though. A busy dense mixture that somehow has space to breathe, their refined sound and breezy songs flow in a smart (not too smart) way.
   There’s no musical revolution here, nothing you haven’t heard quite a few times already, but they do do their thing very very well and Flux Outside is an intelligently enjoyable album, a sound full of tingling detail, full of depth. Clever songs that never need to show off or prove how smart they are, just enjoyably bright North American currentness.
   The album Flux Outside was released on May 16th in Europe

Fireball is released, as a single, in the UK on June 13th. Royal Bangs share UK stages with headliners Cold War Kids before they headline a London show of their own on June 28th at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen. 

www.royalbangs.com
www.glassnotemusic.com

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