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Royal Bangs of Knoxville, Tenn., have made their connection to Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney even more pronounced by having the owner of their record label also produce their fourth album, Brass. It’s a smart idea, since Royal Bangs' main problem has been figuring out who they want to be. Previous albums were so herky-jerky in their intentions that they were nerve-wracking affairs, as frontman Ryan Schaefer could never focus on one idea for long. Brass still sounds like several bands on one album, but at least Royal Bangs can sound now like the same band for an entire song. “Better Run,” for example, bounces like many modern groups that use bright keyboard lines to create excitement. “Octagon” slides into a Jeff Lynne/ELO groove. “Laurel” works off a mild reggae rhythm. “Sun Bridge” jacks things up to Ramones speed and turns out a ‘70s ZZ Top-Golden Earring performance. “CA Heart Attack” evokes a mellow early-‘70s Southern California vibe. Royal Bangs are capable of being many things, and this album is like cycling through Rock History 101.

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Buy it now. Don't think. Buy it. Tell me how good it is still in ten years.

Produced by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys and venerable engineer Roger Moutenot (Lou Reed, Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney), this album has rock and roll by the balls and serves as a reminder of how it is supposed to made and manufactured...with heart and spit.

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i listened to it on pandora and it was amazing!!! love this band


Great album!


Formed: 2005 in Knoxville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Indie rock trio the Royal Bangs make rambunctious experimental rock with a bent toward '90s noise rock. Formed in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2005, the Royal Bangs feature former high-school friends singer/multi-instrumentalist Ryan Schaefer and drummer Chris Rusk as well as guitarist Sam Stratton. The band posted its music online and eventually caught the ear of the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, who signed them to his Audio Eagle Records label and released their debut, We Breed Champions, in 2008. The...
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