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Album Review

The guys in Royal Headache hit on a pretty good formula when they got together. What would Otis Redding have sounded like if he were in a punk band? Or conversely, what would the Damned have sounded like with a soul singer fronting them? Their debut self-titled album answers the question with a resounding "awesome!" as it slams through 12 super-exciting songs in 26 minutes. From the testifying vocals of Shogun to the razor-sharp guitar work of Law and the tight-as-nails rhythm section of drummer Shotty and bassist Joe (guess they ran out of nicknames), everything about Royal Headache is spot-on soul-punk without a single wasted note. The band runs through the songs with unbridled, almost desperate, energy but make sure to save sonic space for the melodies, never drowning Shogun out as he tunefully spills his guts everywhere. It's kind of pointless to run down the highlights of Royal Headache since every track sounds and feels like a hit single and has a succinct hookiness — even the instrumental "Two Kinds of Love," which provides a brief pause for breath in the middle of the album. If you're tired of retro soul singers who slavishly attempt to re-create the classic soul sound of the '60s but end up sounding about as passionate as a glass of milk, you should take a chance on Royal Headache. Their version of soul revival captures the sweat and fire of classic soul music better than almost anyone else in 2012, even without suits and Mark Ronson. Otis Redding would be proud.

Customer Reviews

Dog Act

All I listen to is this & ASAP Rocky

Great Punk Album

This album is everything you want from debut Punk outfit. Sounds like its come straight out of previous decades and delivers with plenty of hooks, and killer riffs that just make you want to flip out yet remain composed enough to truly enjoy the killer tracks. I recommend you listen to Psychotic Episode and Girls.


Such a great album! Great live band too. Get into them now before they are huge!


Formed: 2008 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Royal Headache rose out of the bleak underground punk scene of Western Sydney, Australia in 2008. In part as a response to the gloomy post-punk bands happening at the time of its founding, the group infused its garage punk core with a hearty dose of '60s-inspired AM radio soul-pop. Going by foreshortened nicknames, the band consisted of Shogun on vocals, Joe on bass, Shortty on drums, and Law on guitar. The quartet quickly made a name for itself on the strength of a self-produced 7" and began playing...
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