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Editors’ Notes

The leading punks of Western Sydney, Australia, feature a strong sense of melody and a singer, Shogun, who avoids emo clichés and sings with the urgency once heard in The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks." The band's energy is captured with no-nonsense production that blurs the line between drums, bass, and guitars. The quartet plays old-school '70s punk rock, in the sense that it doesn't shy from cathartic hooks and refuses to smooth over the results. There isn't a song here near three minutes, with some of the best ("Really in Love," "Surprise," "Girls") not even completing two. When the group does slow down for "Down the Lane," "Distant and Vague," and the beautiful instrumental "Wilson Street," it's with great heartbreaking conviction. There are touches of classic '60s AM pop music (the very same music that inspired The Ramones and The Buzzcocks), and the playing is a cut above the average buzzsaw punk group. 

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Album

First I'm bragging in all of you uncool people that are buying this when Royal Headache becomes popular that I loved this album before it became cool. So there! Anyway, Royal Headache is a severely underrated new band, and I'm hoping that they get a Grammy for best new artist, because they are just that good. At first listen through you might think they're kind of a Green Day sounding band, but you'd be mistaken. Green Day used to be punk, but now they're soft. These guys are the true punk band now, and really have the potential to become as popular as Green Day has been. Plus they swear less, so you can play them around your mother. Overall Royal Headache is a great debut album. From the emotional "Never Again" to the pyschotic "Pyschotic Episode" this is a truly great album. Give it a try. I'm pretty sure you'll like it

Royal Headache

First heard this album on NPR's First Listen and I've been addicted to it ever since. The rhythms and melodies are very infectious and the lead singer's voice carries the soul of a generation that has long since passed as it does sound is though it were recorded to a cassette tape 50 years ago. This is a very very very good contemporary punk garage rock album that I think anyone who enjoys music will enjoy listening to. I'm going to try and see them in New York and I'm glad I discovered them early in their career so I see where they go from here. Down the Lane seems to be very popular but I really enjoy the opening track and "Really in Love". But every song has something.

The Buzzocks meet The Beatles…startlingly brilliant!

This is one of the most genuine albums I've heard in decades and it captures the true spirit of rock n' roll as well as any ever created. Honestly, I didn't know music like this was still being made. Aggressive, melodic, sincere, energetic, simple in production and perfect in my opinion, a masterpiece from out of the blue.


Formed: 2008 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Rock

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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