The Royal Bangs’ sound could be accurately connected to numerous archetypes of Modern Rock – the proverbial so-and-so meets so-and-so comparisons generally apply. Sometimes the Bangs sound a lot like important bands that people love but, strangely, they don’t sound too much like any one in particular. They are new, fresh, jazzy and kind of raw. Surprisingly, Royal Bangs remain relatively unknown and in the last two years have gone from virtually being broken up to pedal-to-the-metal touring and recording.
The five-man group from Knoxville originally recorded their debut album We Breed Champions in drummer Chris Rusk’s garage more than three years ago. The initial reaction to the album was somewhat subdued and other opportunities arose for the band members, eventually resulting in lead singer Ryan Schaefer leaving Royal Bangs to study in Paris. The band found itself separated and on an indefinite hiatus.
But through the magical power of MySpace and an altruistic drummer who liked their sound, The Royal Bangs were rediscovered (for the first time) and introduced to a number of important people who really liked their music.
The Bangs bring their mix of jazzy Pop and Rock, packed into energy-packed songs with fast tempos, to The Southgate House with Come on Caboose and Vanity Theft.
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