Posts tagged ‘alternative rock’
March 1, 2019
Though the first precise drum beats suggest this could be another Song 2 by Blur, a discordant jangling guitar bites through announcing 80’s New Wave clarity along with articulate vocals uncannily similar to The Cure’s Robert Smith. The tale told by “Ravager” by Them Bloody Royals jumps right into the midst of action, one of escape from attack. With the chorus, this story-song breaks into messy 90’s grunge, its danceable angst defining a new generation that won’t sit still and let the world pass by.
Them Bloody Royals is the reincarnation of the Filipino indie pop/alternative rock outfit The Royal (active from 2011-2018) and is fronted by Sib Sibulo, a former TV Host and MTV Philippines VJ (2007-2010) while the rest of the members hail from different groups such as The Charmes, Plane Divides The Sky, The Out Of Body Special, and Boy Elroy. Their music is reminiscent of British bands of the past and the present ranging from jangle-pop to 80’s inspired synth-pop and 90s Britpop.
To celebrate the release of their debut single, a public launch gig is scheduled on March 14, 2019 at Route 196 together with The Camerawalls, Bird, and July XIV.
Listen to a 30 second preview of “Ravager”
The single drops on March 14 exclusively on Spotify and will be available in other digital stores worldwide on March 15 which is the official release date. Pre-Order on iTunes HERE.
Them Bloody Royals are: Sib Sibulo (vox), Diego Beltran (Keyboards), Jiggers Vergel De Dios (bass), Alexis Sarmiento (Guitars), JT Flameño (Drums).
March 3, 2017
Put on the headphones. Turn up the volume. Hit ‘play’ and close your eyes. Let the groove fill your head. A little scrappy, a little edgy, and a whole lot of attitude. The Camerawalls are back with a new single, “Boys in the Backroom.”
When last we heard from these boys, they had embarked in the direction of lush, beautiful harmonies and visions of love in exotic lands with “Wanderlust” released in August of 2012. Lead singer Clem Castro’s vocals remain perfect, pure and precise as they were back then, but this time, there’s a no-nonsense mature coolness to his delivery that goes deeper than his shades and his rock-solid rhythm guitar. With a wickedly delightful descending chromatic chord progression, Castro’s guitar matches bassist Law Santiago’s hard-hitting foundation while new Camerawalls addition (but old high-school band mate to Castro who also played bass on his solo Dragonfly Collector album, “The World is Your Oyster”) Venj Gatmaitan’s wah-sounding guitar fills wanders unapologetically all over the riff. An electric organ completes the sound of the ‘60s on top of Bach Rudica’s crisp, creative drumming – The Stone Roses, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf – it’s the leather pants-wearing, motorcycle diaries, magic carpet ride side of those butterfly-collar-filled flower child years. Gone are the twee peg-legged hipster Camerawalls. This new sound is big baggy blues and full of business. Catch and count all the literary references you can just for fun, and linger over the lyrics and the sly mysteries they hide.
Listeners can expect to hear more from The Camerawalls along this vein (think The Stone Roses or The Charlatans) as they prepare to release a new album before the end of 2017.