Their name says it all; the spastic ear-assault known as Royal Bangs
took their southern/math rock fusion to the Mercury Lounge last night for a royal dose of "what just happened?". They played a variety of tunes, including some of the blistering new numbers from their new album Flux Outside
. These boys from Nashville know how to have fun.
The band's recorded sound is a casserole of blippy bits and distorted bass, which in a room full of real people, translates into pure unadulterated energy (and a whole lot of shouting). Seriously, who let these guys out of their cages? Half the time, its next to impossible to figure out which loud noise is coming from who, only that the blissfully chaotic fireworks are popping in perfect synchronization.
The band is an interesting addition to Glassnote (their label), one of the world's most influential indie labels and purveyors of pop princes like Phoenix, The Temper Trap, and Mumford and Sons. The music is usually tidy and radio ready. Royal Bangs represent an inverted view of the world of rock and roll; a muddy massacre of instrumentation and noise, slathered onto a canvas of catchy hooks. It's nice to see someone in the influential label sphere isn't afraid to get their hands dirty.