1. All Because Of You
Royal Republic are a four piece swedish rock outfit consisting of Adam Granh, Hannes Irengard, Jonas Almen and Per Andreasson. They are currently signed with Bonier Amigo Music Group, OnFire Records and Roadrunner Records.
The band puts a spin on traditional rock outfits, adding a refreshing dose of humour as their debut album 'We Are The Royal' suggests. Recorded at Beach House studio in Malmo, Sweden, with producer Anders Hallback and mixed down at ToyTown Studios in Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann (Def Leppard, Rammstein) released in february 2010. With track titles such as 'Tommy Gun' and 'Underwear' the boys don't take themselves too seriously.
"We really hope that people get our sense of irony and don't think of us as hard-as prima donnas! We are not rock stars (yet), but we love to use the typical rock star cliches in a tongue in cheek way. And we love making music".
If it is tales of the heart, cathartic self-therapy or soul wrenching confessions you are after you will have to look long and hard, what Royal Republic really do best is pure rock entertainment. This is not to say they are not receiving deserved praise for their efforts. Bandit Rock put Royal Republics' first three singles on their "Most Wanted" list with "Tommy Gun" reaching number one on MTV Rockchart.
Speaking on influences lead singer Grahn states "People will probably continue comparing us with another Swedish band whos name slips m mind at the moment! It all probably starts with The Hives or Danko Hones and then stretches out to a little Metallica, on up to Bob Dylan, Norah Jones and even film music or classical. And maybe even a touch of the absolute deadliest black metal you can imagine".
Holding sweat soaked supporting slots for CKY and Biffy Clyro have left audiences begging for a little more of their highly animated performances. With just one album under their belt they have easily managed to achieve a mass of devout followers. Who can blame them, as Adam puts it "We want to make people happy, ready to party and perhaps a little bit horny".
"Powering through thirteen tracks, the album grasps echoes of the British Indie scene and entwines them with elements of modern rock and pop. The sound itself is difficult to determine and pigeon-hole, but for all the right reasons. In a vague sentence? Royal Republic sound like Franz Ferdinand, on steroids. Quirkiness oozes from Irengård’s tinny Telecaster sounds and Grahn’s voice is both fantastically gruff and bubbly somehow at the same time. It’s difficult to criticise their competence as musicians; no lacklustre guitar lines or bum vocals notes, no weak percussive support and no timid bass hiding in the shadows of other instruments (a trap the band could easily have fallen into). Each instrument shines in its own respect and as a part of a fully-fledged musical outfit. Kudos guys, kudos".