US Royalty are one of those mercurial acts that you weren't quite sure would take off as big as their music sounds; at times unclear if they were flying or falling. In a past moment of revealing clarity, their lead singer confessed to me that they had forgotten to promote the show they had just played at Mercury Lounge. No matter, forty minutes earlier, Noah and I walked into as explosive a set of songs as you can find in a room with only twenty other people. This was the show, and maybe the band, that promotion forgot. Maybe it was because their music was never particularly interested in one aesthetic or another, the type of driving rock music that drew from a wide catalogue of influences and earnestly pursued elevating moments. On latest single, "Equestrian," off debut full length, Mirrors, they sound more spatial, like a hybrid of Local Natives and the early-career Kings of Leon hooks that fueled their EPs. The song reaches a spinning conclusion in its final minute, riding to the top of the sky to melt on their wax wings. This is, of course, better than dying on the ground.
Listen :: US Royalty - "Equestrian"
US Royalty play official CMJ on Friday night, in addition to a Steve Allen In-Store on Thursday and the Robert St. James Party at the Red Bull Space on Saturday night.