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Royal Headache Release New Video For “Girls”



Australia’s foremost new soul rebels, Royal Headache, are receiving well-deserved praise for their self-titled debut album, out as of May 8 on What’s Your Rupture?. For those who haven’t been turned on to Royal Headache’s irresistible, R&B-inflected punk songs, be sure to check out preview tracks below. In just a couple of weeks, the four-piece — Law (guitar), Joe (bass), Shortty (drums), and Shogun (vocals) — will make their way to the U.S. to tour in support of this new record. Come October, they will join The Black Keys on an arena tour of Australia. Get a glimpse of what life is like on and off the road for these guys via their new video for ‘Girls,” premiered today on Pitchfork. Directed by Law, the “Girls” video is made from footage taken while on tour and at practice from 2009-2011, and it looks super fun! It’s a prime representation of the highly charged and energetic music these guys are becoming known for.


Royal Headache – Girls

With deepest regrets, Royal Headache has just learned they have to cancel the first several shows of the tour, May 25 – 30, due to visa complications. They will begin their tour at Chaos in Tejas in Austin on June 1st. Royal Headache is completely disappointed and they apologize to fans in California. They hope to be able to play shows there later in the year.

Royal Headache tour dates:
Fri. May 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Blue Star
Sat. May 26 – Oakland, CA @ Vitus
Mon. May 28 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
Tue. May 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
Fri. June 1 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn (Chaos in Tejas)
Sat. June 2 – Austin, TX @ Club Deville (Chaos in Tejas)
Wed. June 6 – Minneapolis, MN @ House Party
Thu. June 7 – Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
Fri. June 8 – Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin
Sat. June 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Wed. June 13 – New York, NY @ Cake Shop
Thu. June 14 – New York, NY @ Warsaw w/ Ceremony (Northside Festival)
Fri. June 15 – Boston, MA @ P.A.’s Lounge
Sun. Oct. 21 – Newcastle NSW, Australia @ Newcastle Entertainment Centre w/ The Black Keys
Mon. Oct. 22 – Sydney NSW, Australia @ Sydney Entertainment Centre w/ The Black Keys
Fri. Oct. 26 – Brisbane QLD, Australia @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre w/ The Black Keys
Tue. Oct. 30 – Adelaide SA, Australia @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre w/ The Black Keys
Wed. Oct. 31 – Melbourne VIC, Australia @ Sidney Myer Music Bowl w/ The Black Keys

Royal Headache’s “Psychotic Episode” stream –
Royal Headache’s “Down the Lane” mp3 –
Royal Headache’s “Girls” mp3 –
Royal Headache hi-res jpegs –

“The band’s self-titled debut is an unabashed throwback to an era full of blue-eyed men copping and caffeinating the moves of Motown and Memphis, when rock stood in awe of soul music’s ecstasy and agony. The album even sounds 40 years old, thanks to the raw production of Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s Mikey Young.” – NPR Music’s “First Listen”

“Amidst a thriving Australian garage-rock scene– including scrappy bands like Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Straight Arrows, Twerps, Kitchen’s Floor, the UV Race, Super Wild Horses, and Beaches– Sydney’s Royal Headache manage to stand out thanks to their powerful formula of soulful vocals mixed with loud, fast, fuzz-addled power chords. It’s something like the Ramones throwing up sparks behind Faces-era Rod Stewart. And that sound dominates and propels their self-titled LP . . . ” – Pitchfork’s “Rising”

“It’s a power-pop throwdown that boasts the torque of hardcore and the dulcet tones of soul, all of which you can writhe and shimmy to from end to end . . .” – SPIN

“There’s so much nihilism built into most punk music that you can forget how great guitar riffs can make you feel if they’re used in the right way. Royal Headache will be our new daily reminder of good things.” – The FADER

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