What doesn’t kill us takes a long time to make us stronger. It’s a statement that the four individuals from the mid-north coast of New South Wales who comprise Royal Chant bid you consider well, through the ten tracks of their debut album RAISE YOUR GLASS & COLLAPSE.
The album has been a labour of love for Royal Chant. Like a fine wine, the songs (and sometimes the band) required a lot of beating, stomping-on and being kept in the dark to mature, but the result is an impressive collection of tracks, indicative of the human condition – barbaric, sometimes chaotic, but mostly beautiful. Though framed in intelligent and skillful sounds, the songs are subtle and simple in substance. They are an invitation to be vulnerable; to share love, doubt, anger, loss, resignation, being human, and being less-than human – as complicated or straightforward as you want them to be.
The first track from the album is ‘Ghosts’, is already receiving airplay in many community radio stations. Indicative of the band’s exceptional indie rock sensibilities, the song is sharp and to the point, driven by writer/lead vocalist Mark Spence’s raspy vocals and arcane lyrics.
The second track and first official single from the new album, ‘Other’ is delivered through driving drums and atmospheric guitars, with somewhat sombeer lyrics fringed in sweet melodies. It’s raw, honest and egoless, and true to the band’s subtle but skillful sound.
Raise your glass & collapse, the debut album of Royal Chart, a pure garage band from NSW is a poetic-loud album that brings different sensations to the listener. Inspired by The stooges, Nirvana and R.E.M, Royal Chart brings that old energy back from authentic rock bands with great lyrics and catchy songs like Coughing pits and A series of sights.
The debut album will be available from early May.
You can listen their first track Ghost at: www.myspace.com/royalchart
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