Monday, March 28, 2011
Artist Profile: Royal Bangs
Hailing from Knoxville, TN, the Royal Bangs have been more critics' radars since their performance at the first night of Bonnaroo back in 2008. Since then the trio has moved up with the help of the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, who released the band's first two albums on his label before they signed with Glassnote Records.
The group's latest disc Flux Outside comes out on March 29th. "Fireball," the first single, seems to give a good indication what listeners can expect. Beginning with whirling sounds before giving way to a swinging rhythm filled bombastic drums, hooky guitar licks and twinkling electronic effects that creates a weirdly melodic sound that is oddly soothing.
"Grass Helmet," follows in the same vein. Although filled with pounding drums, pummeling riffs drowned in distortion and a cacophony of sounds that include a cowbell, the track still retains its melodic edge despite the strange detours. Listen to a few of Royal Bangs' tracks below, and download "Fireball" over at Spin.