Friday, February 19, 2010
Royal Bangs - War bells
Royal Bangs are an American rock group from Knoxville, TN. Formed in 2005, the quintet is composed of Henry Gibson (bass guitar), Chris Rusk (drums), Ryan Schaefer (keyboard, vocals, beats), Brandon Biondo (guitar), and Sam Stratton (guitar). Royal Bangs released their debut LP We Breed Champions in 2008 through Audio Eagle Records, an independent record label founded and run by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys. The following year, German label City Slang released the album in Europe where British music publication Uncut (magazine) described the record as "belting garage rock, quirky indie rock and bamboozling electronica, all served up in one smart and super-confident package, rather like a chirpier, younger, less navel-gazing Radiohead.
Royal Bangs played at Bonnaroo in 2008  when Danny Sale and Jason Campbell were still in the band. Royal Bangs also played at the 1st annual KahBang Indie Music Festival in Bangor, Maine on August 15, 2009.