Royal Headache unveil new ‘Carolina’ music video



Royal Headache unveil new 'Carolina' music video
Royal Headache unveil new ‘Carolina’ music video

“Royal Headache have taken steps forward since their last album—they’ve cleaned up their production and diversified their songwriting. Ultimately, though, the important bits are intact: the passion, the power, and the hooks that demand being shouted joyfully.” 8/10

“An almost perfect 30 minutes of indie-punk. There’s no flabbiness, no million-dollar production that adds nothing to the songs, no bloated guitar lines or pointless drum fills and nothing that even comes close to seeming in any way meaningless. They’re too good a band to let slip away again.” – NME, 9/10

“Tough punk rock with soulfully delivered vocals.” – The Sunday Times

“These are straight-up love songs, with phrases like ‘need you baby’, ‘save her heart’ and ‘there’s nothing quite like love’…The profundity isn’t so much in the words as the way Shogun delivers them, bending, sliding and igniting them with fevered feeling. High’s emotional impact comes from the music, too: The band’s churning guitars and punching beats aren’t just background for Shogun; they unleash a sonic tornado that lifts him skyward.” – NPR
“High packs in more than enough ideas, hooks and moments of pure emotion that it will not wear out anytime soon.” – The 405, 8.5/10

Sydney’s Royal Headache are celebrating the release of their new album High – available in the UK from August 28th via What’s Your Rupture? – with a video for one of the band’s best rock ‘n roll love songs, ‘Carolina’. The video was directed by Damian Sawyers and filmed at the band’s practice space in Petersham. Frontman Shogun is on prominent display venting frustrations and then joy, perhaps symbolic of the past several years in between the release of High and the band’s self-titled debut. The album continues to be available to stream in its entirety via NPR Music’s “First Listen” series.

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Royal Headache – High | What’s Your Rupture? | 28/08/15

1. Fantasy
2. Need You
3. High
4. Another World
5. Wouldn’t You Know
6. Garbage
7. Love Her If I Tried
8. Carolina
9. Little Star
10. Electric Shock

Watch ‘Carolina’ here

More about Royal Headache and High:

Sydney’s Royal Headache burst into view back in 2011 upon the release of their self-titled album, an adrenaline shot of melodic energy and heart-on-sleeve romanticism that immediately lit up listeners home and away. They dug deep, and took their blinding live show on the road throughout North America and Australia, culminating in a series of opening dates for the Black Keys on their home continent.

Following a period of rest and reflection, and a recent performance at Sydney’s Opera House, Royal Headache is ready to ride once more. Their new album is called High and injects even more soul and passion into the breakneck formula that became synonymous with Royal Headache. If their first album was akin to a courtship, think of High as the romance. Not just on the level of two people falling in love, but a romance with the qualities of pop music that make Royal Headache who they are and inform what they do: eternal optimism, wistful beauty and interlocking presentation that evolves from four guys singing on a street corner to speed-addled rock, and all the brightness and darkness in between, teetering between stability and chaos and well-aware of how unsteady their footing might be.

The amount of emotion and range of Shogun’s vocals and the whip-smart counterpoint provided by the band — drummer Shortty, guitarist Law, and bassist Joe — present a dash through decades of pop history, recombining not just the music but all of the feelings of pain and joy elicited from audiences, supercharged and ready to explode once more. Shogun’s voice and lyrics aren’t so much a secret weapon in Royal Headache’s arsenal as they are the front line, happiness and hurt soaring above the songs, driving home all the feelings within.

Royal Headache’s High is out August 21st on What’s Your Rupture? and on the band’s Distant and Vague label in Australia. The album is available for pre-order now. All digital pre-orders come with an instant free download of the album’s first single and title track, ‘High’. The band will tour the US this summer with Sheer Mag, including appearances at Los Angeles’ Berserktown II fest, and an open horizon thereafter. Expect UK dates to be announced very soon.


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