Royal East

FRESH: ‘My Message’ – Royal East

Australian group Royal East return with “My Message”.

by Christopher Smith

Melbourne indie/pop rockers Royal East celebrate the release of their new single “My Message” delivering a velvet sledgehammer hit of syncopated grooves and bright hooks. Supported by the dulcet tones of lively frontman, Pat O’Bryan, he’ll throw you into the fire and then shower you with metaphors.

It’s high energy and it feels good. Straddling the line between pop synths and guitar driven 00’s indie rock, Royal East’s latest offering “My Message” is as ethereal as it is hard-hitting, with recording and production by Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe). Cutting their teeth on the Melbourne gig circuit with the likes of Jack River, Fripps+Fripps, Didirri & Iluka, Royal East take pride in their effervescent live shows and prove they can rub shoulders with the best.

The band released their debut EP “First” in 2017 and followed this with the single “Gin” last year. “My Message” is their first new music of 2019 with more to follow!

So tune in, grab your mates and make your way down to the front!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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