Royal Republic – Club Majesty review

Musical serotonin from the charismatic kings of partying 9/10

Royal Republic Club Majesty album artwork. The picture is of an American style theatre or nightclub with the name Club Majesty as a huge neon yellow sign with lightning bolt surrounded by pink neon borders. Underneath is the type of board where you can change the letters - it reads "every night Royal Republic"

Sweden seems to be a hotbed for excellent rock bands, with a very varied but retro leaning. From the 70’s glam rock of Diamond Dogs, the sleaze of Backyard Babies, via the garage punk of The Hives and Hellacopters and the psychedelic rock of Blues Pills. Royal Republic with their irrepressible sense of style and humour have added a studio 54 element of the glory days of exuberant disco to their repertoire.

“We’re, like, nerds,” frontman Adam Grahn admits. “And we always tried to hide it a little bit. It was always a case of ‘this isn’t rock and roll’, and we were like ‘yeah, but we can sing four-part harmonies, and we can do all these things that your average guitar rock band may not be able to pull off. So what are we so afraid of? Let’s buy those fucking golden sequin jackets and get bouncy!’”

Without shying away from their roots, Royal Republic have come out of the gates with quite possibly the most feelgood party album this summer will see!

“I love the word ‘disco’,” Grahn says. “But some people will say ‘but you’re a rock band!’ We’re a band. I never knew what to call us.”

 Club Majesty is indeed an album for the moshpit and the dancefloor where pounding rhythms marry ripping guitars, anthemic choruses and saxophones to rival Greased Up Sax Man from The Lost Boys! Their sense of freedom and confidence transcends genre boundaries and simply presents some fantastic tunes tp get you moving.

Fireman & Dancer was the first single to drop and it showcases a slight change in direction. It’s still epically fun rock ‘n roll but with a funkier lean. Bouncing with unbridled enthusiasm and cheer, it’s impossible to stay still.

When I See You Dance With Another was a catalyst for Weekend Man, and Fireman & Dancer was the same for me this time,” Grahn explains. “When I had the riff I instantly felt that onstage connection. And then we come in with a big ‘yeeaaahhh!’ and we think ‘oh yeah absolutely, let’s do that, that is tacky, let’s do it!’”

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Can’t Fight the Disco is a delightfully danceable, new wave disco pop rock smorgasbord of joy. It is true, it’s impossible to fight this! Boomerang with its strutting guitars, is as uplifting and catchy as the ear-worm of Blur’s Girls & Boys which was unavoidable for the duration of the mid 90’s.

“We got a request from an unnamed big-time condom manufacturer to write a jingle for their new product and so that’s where the ‘we’re going all in, it’s a win-win/I’m going undercover with you’ came from. Just the word ‘Undercover’ says at least two things. Very smart, peel back the layers, it’s very deep [laughs].”

Just to make sure there is no doubt in your mind as to what Under Cover is all about! There’s plenty to enjoy with your clothes on, fear not!

The pace slows for the sultry sleaze of Like a Lover which has an old-school Whitesnake meets Talking Heads in a seedy bar that exists only in my imagination vibe. Unexpected, but quite fabulous. Surely Blunt Force Trauma shouldn’t be this much fun? Groovy, funky and exhilarating as if ZZ Top have been joined by a horn section and swirling synth!

Fortune Favors the bold, indeed and this album is truly bold but not so avant garde as to be unsettle anyone. Flower Power Madness continues the ecstatic jubilation while Stop Movin’ could have been sampled by the Beastie Boys. Frenetically bouncy, box fresh and upbeat.

Anna-Leigh brings us to a raunchy rock ‘n disco with a slightly early Wham meets new romantic feel!

Bulldog closes the album in a pop punky vibe with a riff which reminds me of Dead Kennedy’s in a track as far removed from the DK’s as possible. From beginning to end, this album is euphoric.

Bridging an unknown gap between the wry wit of Franz Ferdinand and the party vibes of Electric Six through a late 70’s/ early 80’s disco ball time machine. The charismatic Swedes are kings of the party! Powerfully upbeat, this could be musical serotonin!

Club Majesty can be pre-ordered now here

 

  1. Fireman & Dancer
  2. Can’t Fight the Disco
  3. Boomerang
  4. Under Cover
  5. Like a Lover
  6. Blunt Force Trauma
  7. Fortune Favors
  8. Flower Power Madness
  9. Stop Movin’
  10. Anna-Leigh
  11. Bulldog

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