It’s no secret: Sweet Static loves The Royal They. Honestly, who doesn’t? When we heard King Pizza Records was having an album release party at The Gutter for The Royal They’s brand new album Foreign Being, you know we had to be there. Supported by The Rizzos, El Silver Cabs, and Illiterate Light – the show exploded into frenzy of moving, jumping, moshing, crowd surfing, and headbanging bodies.
**Special thanks to Jeanette Moses and Blood Sweat and Beers NYC for sending us pictures from the show for this article**
The party started at 8:00 in the Gutter’s side room. The Rizzos kicked the night off with an electrifying set. The crowd was still getting acquainted with The Gutter’s atmosphere but The Rizzos brought life to the room. The night also celebrated bassist, Justin Ferraro’s birthday. Their intense energy set the tone for the crazy evening that was about to come.
El Silver Cabs
Next, El Silver Cabs. By this point, the room was filled and we were ready to get rocking. The Gutter’s tiny stage was packed with the whole band. Their indie-punk bangers got the whole audience bobbing their heads and moving. The pairing vocals of Laura Gwynn (Sirs&Madams and Bizarre Sharks) and Jake Backer blended well as they played great characterizations of the inner conversations within the songs.
Coming all the way from Harrisonburg, Virginia, Illiterate Light followed. Even though they’re a duo, their sound and energy filled every corner of the venue. They took the simple templet of guitar, drums, and vocals, turning it into something unique and truly original. Jack Cochran’s fiery drum work and vocals along with Jeff Gorman’s guitars and anthemic vocals set them apart from the rest.
The Royal They
And finally, around 12:00, the show’s headliners were ready to go up. We waited the whole night in anticipation of The Royal’s They set. Everyone wanted to hear songs from their new album, Foreign Being. I hadn’t heard a single from the new album yet and I was dying to hear it from them first.
To no one’s surprise, The Royal They did not disappoint.
Michelle, Darrell, and Rick all came ready to show off what they got. The trio played their new songs like they’ve been playing them for years. Every hook, guitar lick, and drum fill hit hard. They played numerous songs from the new LP, including highlights like “C.N.T.,” “Sludgefucker,” and “Veritas,”
among others. The new songs felt so fresh and alive; familiar yet original. With each new song that they played, the crowd seemed to get crazier and crazier. People were moshing, screaming, crowd surfing, and generally freaking the fuck out. The band even played some fan favorites from their debut. When “Kamikaze” came on, some in the crowd stormed the stage and joined the band in a firestorm of screaming and drum banging.
As Michelle was trying to tell the crowd the band was almost done, the room erupted “Ten more songs! Ten more songs!.” She smirked and replied, “I don’t know if we know that many more songs.” It was a cute moment in a night filled with insanity and energy. No matter how many songs The Royal They played, I couldn’t help but just want one more song.
Don’t miss out on The Royal They’s new album, Foreign Being, out now on King Pizza Records. I already have a feeling this one might be one to remember.
Stream Foreign Being below: