Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Royal Concept has Arrived!
Last March 21st, we found and posted a new pop-rock track called “Gimme Twice” by The Concept, in the The BEATnik #23. Well, we’ve been staying up-to-date with the Swedish rock band and apparently they gained some serious notoriety as they are officially renamed, ‘The Royal Concept’.
It goes without saying that TRC has felt some strong French-rock, Litzomaniac-influence but don’t count them out because of mimetic tendencies. Band members: Robyn, Tove Styrke, MRTN and Vernonica Maggio deliver unique songs that are on the level with those of legendary groups: The Shins, Cake, and Phoenix.
The Royal Concept releases their first, self-titled EP, and their sound is all ready refined. When we peruse the music onslaught from SoundCloud and find new EP’s we usually expect to see glimmers of potential within a large room for improvement – that is not the case with TRC. The debut EP hooks listeners from the opening angst-inspiring anthem ‘World on Fire’ and continues with what feels like a hit-single in ‘Gimme Twice’.
The chirping rifts, 90′s-vibe synthesizers and timeless vocals in my favorite track, ‘Knocked Up’, draw similarities to songs by Cake – think ‘No Phone’ – whilst all the while maintaining a unique identity. Track number four on the EP, ‘Goldrushed’ has undeniable flavors of Phoenix’s Litzomania.
Once you get to the track D-D-Dance you will find a band that is all their own. Rounding-off with an epic EP finale, listeners get ‘In The End’, and immediately you can taste some Shins flavors, mmmmm delicious… but when you get to the bridge, the sound gets even bigger and again they retain a truly unique identity.
The Royal Concept personality is rich and evident in their music and photographs. Their music speaks to a generation of 20 and 30 somethings… those of us seeking to find a warm place under the sun. They uplift and for that I know listeners will want to listen.
TRC may be in the same genre as the previously mentioned pop-rock legends but they offer something new, something clean and happy, something that makes you want to jig. That something is a vintage sound brought to the new youth. Its something we haven’t figured it out but its making our eardrums tingle and we want more.
With only one EP out, TRC has a bright future. As they grow we shall expect greatness, after all they are Royalty. Browse the list below and make sure not to miss an opportunity to see these guys before they make hit huge!
The Royal Concept Tour Schedule
Sep 26 Pop’s Nightclub w/ The Wombats… Saint Louis, MO
Sep 27 The Slowdown w/ The Wombats… Omaha, NE
Oct 01 Troubadour w/ Wolf Gang Los Angeles, CA
Oct 02 The Casbah w/ Wolf Gang San Diego, CA
Oct 06 Doug Fir Lounge w/ Wolf Gang Portland, OR
Oct 07 The Crocodile w/ Wolf Gang Seattle, WA
Oct 10 The Urban Lounge w/ Wolf Gang Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 11 Hi Dive w/ Wolf Gang Denver, CO
Oct 12 Black Sheep w/ Wolf Gang Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 14 The Record Bar w/ Wolf Gang Kansas City, MO
Oct 15 The Varsity Theater w/ Wolf Gang Minneapolis, MN
Oct 16 Lincoln Hall w/ Wolf Gang Chicago, IL
Oct 18 Blueberry Hill w/ Wolf Gang St Louis, MO
Oct 20 A and R Music Bar w/ Wolf Gang Columbus, OH
Oct 21 Magic Bag Ferndale, MI
Oct 22 WRONGBAR w/ Wolf Gang Toronto, Canada
Oct 24 The Met w/ Wolf Gang Pawtucket, RI
Oct 25 Brighton Music Hall w/ Wolf Gang Boston, MA
Oct 27 U Street Music Hall w/ Wolf Gang Washington, DC
Oct 28 Union Transfer w/ Wolf Gang Philadelphia, PA
Oct 29 The Club at Stage AE w/ Wolf Gang, Atlas… Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 30 Cameo Gallery w/ Wolf Gang, Atlas… Brooklyn, NY
Nov 01 Santos Party House (Upstairs) New York, NY
Nov 03 Stage Door Theatre w/ Wolf Gang, Atlas… Charlotte, NC
Nov 04 Vinyl w/ Wolf Gang, Atlas… Atlanta, GA
Nov 05 WorkPlay Theatre w/ Wolf Gang, Atlas… Birmingham, AL
Nov 07 Fitzgerald’s w/ Wolf Gang, Atlas…
Nov 08 Trees w/ Wolf Gang, Atlas… Dallas, TX
Nov 09 The Parish w/ Wolf Gang, Atlas… Austin, TX