A new year is upon us and we’re kicking off 2020 as we mean to go on with a brand new band from Denver. The duo of We Royals only met in September and released their first song in November, which makes them the perfect band to kick the year off.
The duo of Shelton and Andy met at a skatepark in downtown Denver then quickly set about honing their heavy, rap-fused brand of psych-rock.
They released debut single Ready For It in November, which gives us plenty to get excited about. It opens up with lively guitar riffs and pounding drums, a big “huh” cry that feeds into cries of “Symptomatic, automatic” then rapped/spoken vocals in an opening verse supported by drawn-out guitars.
A big cry of “Well are you ready for it?” feeds into the opening “Symptomatic, automatic” then more repeats of “Well are you ready for it.” The pace drops down with laid-back vocals “Wheels in motion, Never gonna stop us now” before a scream of “Are you ready” feeds into big guitars and rolling drums.
Faster rapped vocals take over before a cool driving guitar riff and drums under cries of “are you ready” to bring the track to a heavy ending. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with the duo to find out a little more and get an idea of what they have planned for us in 2020. Read on below…
GR: Who are We Royals?
WR: “We Royals are a two-piece garage psych-rock band from Colorado comprised of Shelton on Drums and Andy on guitar/vocals.”
“We met in September, at a skatepark in downtown Denver, Shelton had some drums sticks on him and I asked him if he played. He then sent a link to his stuff of him drumming solo and along to beats and I was pretty blown away so we lined up at jam at RocketSpace in downtown Denver and just blasted for a couple of hours and started writing songs.
“It had a real rawness and energy to it so we were like, let’s not overthink this too much, let’s just write and record this stuff in a couple of weeks. So we setup in a house in the mountains for a couple of days with a bunch of mics, and a big rack of outboard analog recording gear and just tracked everything for the EP in two days.”
GR: You just released Ready For It. What should people be expecting from the song?
WR: “Ready for it was the first one we wrote in the rehearsal room and jammed on the most so we got that takedown real quick with vox and guitars and then threw on some bass and were like, yep let’s roll with this.
“People should expect a lot of raw energy from this track. The whole thing is really raw and went from rehearsal room to recording within less than two weeks, and less than a month of us even knowing us. So it was the beginning point for us, both as a band and friendship wise.
“We found a lot of common ground real fast in that first month of knowing each other. We both were mad about music, skating and making a lot of noise live and having fun with it so I think people will hear it as a lot of energy, noise and excitement and the beginning of something.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
WR: “Our sound is rock, garage, psych with a dash of funk elements at time. Very guitar and drum based as we’re a two piece. For live Ive got a looper pedal so it helps layer up guitars and sound like were more than 2 people.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
WR: “I think waking up each day inspires us to make music. Its literally all I think about from the moment I have breakfast to the moment I sleep. We both feel this way so I think thats why theres such a quick bond, coz we both just want to play 247 and when we’re not playing we want to be playing and writing.
“The music is really an expression of our current states of minds and emotions so we may come into the room one day in a good mood and write something more fun/lively or it may have been a tough day on the grind and we bring more of a forceful energy to the song. I think mood translates a lot into the writing process. Then when you got two people in the room or more, it’s about creating the right energy in the space and around the song to really let it resonate. Then sleep on it for a bit and see if it still resonates.
“Living in Colorado there’s a lot to vibe off, from the mountains, to the rivers to the downtown scene, there’s a lot going on and inspiration/influence all around so we just try and soak it up and let it all out in the songs.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
“I think Zeppelin is probably the biggest influence for both of us, then Nirvana, Rage, Stone Temple Pilots, a lot of that old school rock, but we’re just trying to do our thing and bring some different flavors into the mix.”
GR: What have you got coming up as we move into 2020?
WR: “For the remainder of the year, we’re putting out a few more singles and then dropping our full EP January and then doing a bunch of shows for the EP around Colorado and the Midwest. Plus, we got loads more material now so will be releasing most throughout the year and hopefully picking up loads more shows across the US as we go! I think we got about 10 tunes tracked now, so we’re really vibing on it all. Who knows, maybe we will get 20 songs out in 2020. I think that’s definitely possible.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about We Royals and/or your music?
WR: “We’re going to be writing, recording, rehearsing and having fun with it all year so come follow us and we’ll do our best to keep you entertained along the way.”