Last month we brought you the Royal They’s “Kamikaze,” which I called “an absolute torpedo of a song that will jolt your Monday to life and send your body into joyous contortion fits.” There’s a lot more where that came from, and as of today you can experience a whole album of the stuff.
The Brooklyn punk trio’s self-titled debut is streaming in full ahead of its release later this week, and it’s just tremendously rad. Every track hits like an anthem, but there’s plenty of variety here too. This is the rare debut album that feels both wide-ranging and completely self-possessed, a collection of fearless explorations from a band that knows exactly who they are. At the risk of repeating myself: Imagine the explosively melodic quarter-life pop-punk of Chumped crossed with the complex post-hardcore rhythm bombs of Fugazi, and you’re in the
ballpark DIY space. Except you don’t have to imagine it because it exists, and you can listen to it below.
If you haven’t already pressed play, what are you waiting for?